The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable

The Book of Summer

The ocean, the wild roses on the dunes and the stunning Cliff House, perched atop a bluff in Sconset, Nantucket. Inside the faded pages of the Cliff House guest book live the spellbinding stories of its female inhabitants: from Ruby, a bright-eyed newlywed on the eve of World War II to her granddaughter Bess, who returns to the beautiful summer estate.For the first time in four years, physician Bess Codman visits the compound her great-grandparen...

Details The Book of Summer

TitleThe Book of Summer
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Griffin
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Adult Fiction

Reviews The Book of Summer

  • Michelle
    COMING OUT 5.9.2017!Confession time: if novels are children, this is my favorite book kid by far. I conceived of THE BOOK OF SUMMER after reading an article in Vanity Fair about the gorgeous, grand homes on the Sankaty Bluff in Siasconset (known as Sconset), the easternmost spot on Nantucket Island. Many of these homes have been in families for generations and are now in danger of falling into the sea due to erosion. I immediately pictured a home...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    This beauty was a bookmail surprise this week! I was in the mood for a beach read, and this highly entertaining jaunt, with plenty of substance, was perfect. If you've ever fallen in love with a house; the history, the memories, the connections to generations of your family within those walls, there is much to relate to in this book. The Cliff House in Nantucket is in danger of falling into the ocean, and Cissy Codman is trying her best to not on...
  • Cindy Burnett
    The Book of Summer takes place in Nantucket and focuses on the women of Cliff House, a beautiful home that is slowly falling into the sea due to erosion. The story is told in a dual timeline format with the inclusion of sporadic newspaper articles and entries in the Book of Summer, a book in which every individual coming to Cliff House writes an entry as he or she arrives at the house. The present day story revolves around Bess Codman and her mot...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    A summer home filled with years of memories, a book filled with years of written memories, and a home that is eroding away and about to fall off the cliff.The Cliff House, appropriately named, has been the summer home on Nantucket for the Young/Packard/Codman family for over one hundred years. The women maintained the house, but now only Cissy is left, and she doesn't want to give up and face the reality that the house will be falling into the oc...
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.comThe revelation of generation after generation of family secrets, all tied to an unforgettable summer home named Cliff House, is the focus of bestselling author Michelle Gable’s third novel. The Book of Summer is set over the course of two weeks in Nantucket but it also traces back to pre World War II. Gable expertly binds together fact and fiction, to produce a moving family tale of three generations of wom...
  • Elizabeth
    I started this day thinking I'd get some housework done, but I started reading Michelle Gable's new novel coming out soon and completely got sucked in! I spent the entire day reading! That doesn't happen often and I'm so glad it did!"The Book of Summer" is a perfect read for me. It has a lot of family between the pages, an old house, family history and an island full of wonderful characters. Cissy was my favorite. She's an older woman who is abou...
  • Judy Collins
    Storyteller, Michelle Gable returns following I’ll See You in Paris and A Paris Apartment with her latest Nantucket summer charmer (her best yet): THE BOOK OF SUMMER — a multi-generational story of family, home, the courage of tenacious women and the special memories of Cliff House. Rich in history and character, a scandalous, emotional, and witty tale of family and saving a home. The past, loss and loves, and all the lives which connec...
  • TL
    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in an exchange for an honest review.. all my opinions are my own :)----It may have been her first book and I don't know if it was on Amazon or Goodreads I saw this but I remembering seeing "Perfect for fans of Kate Morton".. not exact phrasing (it was a bit longer) but it got me excited since Kate Morton is one of my auto-buy authors so when the giveaway came up on Goodreads I jumped at the chance. Maybe I ...
  • Susan
    The Book of SummerMichelle GableReceived from NetgalleyBess Codman has just returned to her family's home in Nantucket. She is shocked by the condition of Cliff House. It is just about to fall into the ocean and she can't believe her mother is actually staying inside of it. She tries to convince her mother, Cissy to leave, but she is having none of it. She wants to move the house back from the water, but it is huge and Bess just doesn't see this ...
  • Hristina
    Copy received through NetGalleyMrs. Gable is consistent with her writing. You always end up with an interesting story, told with beautiful writing, and masterfully executed dual storyline.The Book of Summer it's a really entertaining read. Beautifully paced with characters that shine, and a great style. I loved the setting of the story, but I loved most was a certain summery atmosphere throughout. This might be the perfect beach read.
  • Sue
    I loved this book. All of the main characters were fantastic and so well written with all of their character flaws on display. The main characters are Bess - a physician from California who has returned to Nantucket to help her mom pack up her house; Cissy - Bess's mom who is a real rebel; Ruby - Bess's grandmother who is long deceased but tells much of the story and The Cliff House - the magnificent house, build by Bess's parents that is now clo...
  • Pamela
    Overall, this is highly enjoyable. I enjoy dual timeline stories, and find that I usually prefer the older timeline - this is no exception. Reading about Ruby and her life was entertaining and heartbreaking, but I just loved her.The modern timeline is fine, but I found both females to be just a bit annoying at times. The concept of the "Book of Summer" was great and I'm sure I would love to actually read something like that. The entries in this o...
  • Cindy
    Thank you goodreads for this win. Always exciting to get a book in the mail and hopefully give a positive review. I really wanted to like and finish this book and I tried up to page 90. For me the story started out slow and I quickly became tired of the bantering between Cissy and Bess. I kind of found Cissy annoying and unreasonable. I really cared about the house as I love old houses but I just didn't fall in love with any of the characters. Do...
  • Nita
    I love stories of old houses and the family secrets! I was caught up in the history of Cliff House and was on edge as the edge of the cliff came closer. The story also drew me into the emotions and struggles of the men and families during the war.
  • Angie
    3.5 stars Enjoyable beachy read set in Nantucket with lots of family secrets and drama! It's also dual-timelined with stories in each period revolving around Cliff House, which is a marvelous, 99 year-old summer home slowly losing its life from erosion. It's so meaningful to each generation and Cissy, the eccentric matriarch of modern line, just doesn't want to let go. Her daughter Bess is going through a trying time of her own but grows to see t...
  • Jennifer
    If a house could talk what would it say? What secrets would be hidden in its walls? What would happen if that house didn't exist any longer?The Book of Summer is about such a house — Cliff House. Perched precariously on a bluff in Sconset, Nantucket, Cliff House and its 90 year history is doomed to wash into the ocean. Bess has returned to the house to help her mother pack up..... however her mother has other plans. Gable's narrative unravels t...
  • Jen
    The Book of Summer is an enjoyable read that takes place in one of my favorite places to escape to (when reading!), Nantucket. About to be divorced from her rat-of-a-husband, Bess is in Nantucket at the urging of her father, to get her mom out of their home. Cliff House, the family’s summer home, has been there for generations, but is about to become one with the ocean after it plummets down with the eroding bluff. Ciss, Bess’s stubborn, pain...
  • Laura Rash
    Loved the setting in Nantucket. Good strong women characters that were entertaining especially Bess.
  • Susan Peterson
    The Book of Summer is an enchanting book about a house and the people who have lived in it for 99 years. Cliff House was built on a bluff in Nantucket 99 years earlier, but the bluff has given way to time and erosion, and Dr. Bess Codman has returned to convince her mother, Cissy, that it's time to leave the house, before the house literally falls down around her. Coming back to Cliff House stirs up so many memories for Bess, who is at a crossroa...
  • Jenni
    I am a big fan of Michelle Gable's writing style and I do think that think book was true to her style. I, however, was not a huge fan of this one. I didn't connect to the characters at all. I felt like they were held at a distance, except for Ruby who I thought had a lot of spirit. I wasn't a fan of one of the things used a big plot point that was meant to be a dramatic realization that changed Ruby's life and those of her children and children's...
  • Athena
    Loved this book. I really felt like I escaped to Nantucket! The house is a main character in this book and I loved that. The dual storytelling is fantastic and you go back in time and current time and it's filled with characters you will loathe and love. The Author keeps you guessing as to the mystery of family secrets. Their is some romance too so this book will be one of your favorites for the summer!
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    This is a book about a book and a house and a family. The 'Book of Summer' is in Cliff House, the summer home of the family and is located in Nantucket. The house has been in the family for generations and each person who stays at the house writes about their stay in the book. Unfortunately due to erosion the house is now not stable and must be demolished. Bess has come home to insist that her mother, Cissy, move out before the house ends up in t...
  • Evie
    The Book Of Summer By Michelle Gable Is A Beautifully Written Book That Readers Won’t Be Able To Put Down.Gable does a fantastic job in taking the reader into the lives of Ruby (the grandmother) and Bess (the granddaughter) through the entries in The Book of Summer.I love the way in which the reader is taken back to the 1940s and the real-life events surrounding Ruby’s family and how they dealt with them. Ruby, her family, and friends go from...
  • Debbie
    Bess Codman returns to her childhood home after four years with one mission. To get her cantankerous mother Caroline (Cissy) out of the home that her great grandmother had built 99 years ago. It was built on a bluff high above the ocean in Nantucket. That bluff has been and is falling slowly away. There is about ten feet left before the house starts to go. Cissy is determined that she is going to save the house. The tennis courts are gone, the po...
  • Christine Moore
    This is a beautiful story of a house and the women who have lived in it. The Cliff House was built by Bess's great grandmother in Nantucket. Due to erosion the beautiful old house is falling into the sea. Bess has returned to the Cliff House to pack up her mom Cissy and get her moved out before the house collapses. The house also has a guestbook, the Book of Summer, that the owners and the visitors write in. Through this book, Bess learns so much...
  • Greg
    UPDATE: I like a summer/beach/fun/pool/shady porch read. And the one thing I don't want in my beach read is rather hateful political opinions thrown around, especially at the most likeable person in this book. So, minus another star, for a two star rating.Original Review:I wasn't sure about this one when I picked it up off the "new and notable" shelves at the library. I read the reviews/blurbs on the back jacket of this book and the sources were ...
  • Linda Zagon
    MY REVIEWI enjoyed and would highly recommend "The Book Of Summer" By Michele Gable. The genres of this book are Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction and Adult Fiction.I like the way that Michelle Gabe describes the opulence and elegance of the Cliff Mansion in Nantucket, and the history of the family that has lived there. The timeline is in the past, and in the present, In the present, Cliff House is in danger of falling into the sea. Erosion and...
  • Barbara
    My second book by Ms. Gable and what I loved most about this story is the true Nantucket character that comes through in the personalities in the book. The author deftly moves back and forth between 2 times lines, that of Bess and her mother Cissy in present day and that of Ruby, Bess's grandmother just prior to WWII. It's all surrounding Cliff House, the family home, which is perched to be pitched into the sea if something can't be done to save ...