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Summer Friends

3.29  ·  Rating Details ·  1,125 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
In this compelling novel set against the beautiful backdrop of Ogunquit, Maine, the bestselling author of "Tuscan Holiday" and "One Week in December" portrays an unexpected friendship, and its consequences for two very different women as time inevitably sweeps them into adulthood...Over the course of one eventful summer, nine-year-old native Mainer Delphine Crandall and Ma ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 2011)
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Carliegoddard
It was ok. I understand the friendship aspect...being great friends and then growing apart and becoming different people. I've had it happpen to a few of my own friendships. Maggie kind of came off as a stalker friend when she went to Maine to visit Delphine, and I thought Delphine was a stick in the mud. The ending explained why though. At times I thought this book was just flat out corny and almost gave up on it, but I wanted to see where it went. Im surprised its gotten good reviews on Goodre ...more
Jobie
Jun 05, 2014 Jobie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Excuse me while I barf. They only saving grace was the fact that I'm on vacation at a beautiful beach while reading it.
Margaret
Aug 23, 2013 Margaret rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maggie and Delphine hit off as friends when they were 8 years old. Maggie's well-to-do family rented a home in Ogunquit, Maine where life for the girls was filled with bike rides on country lanes, beach picnics, ice-cream cones, and pinky swears. With the exception of one summer, the girls spent every summer together through high school even though their lives were so different. Delphine was the Ogunquit resident, her family farmers and owners of a popular restaurant. Maggie lived in Concord, Ma ...more
Samantha Janning
Delphine Crandall and Maggie Weldon become instant best friends at the age of nine, when life has complications such as which flavor of ice cream to choose. Delphine is a native of Maine, while Maggie’s family visits Maine each year for a vacation. Maggie’s family is well off, and she has many opportunities in life. Delphine doesn’t have the same social status as Maggie, but the girls don’t let that get in the way of become friends. Their friendship stays strong for years, and the girls even go ...more
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Summer Friends tells the story of two 49 year old friends reuniting after over 20 years. Maggie is having a crisis & wants nothing more then to reconnect with her bestfriend Del, but Del isn’t easily swayed. To Del, things changed all those years ago & she can’t let go of the issues she has from the past.

It’s a real friends for life story & it shows what true friends will do to stay in your life. I liked the way the story would go backwards to the past while confronting the issues Ma
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Julie
Jun 28, 2014 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The setting was the best part of this book!
Lorraine Montgomery
It seems that every summer there is spate of paperbacks for light reading at the cottage that feature childhood friendships at the beach which are picked up later in life. Often they show a pair of adirondack chairs on a dock or footprints along the beach on the cover. I haven't read too many of these but I picked one up last week and thought I would give it a whirl. It's by Holly Chamberlin; an author I've not read before. (I noticed inside the front cover that one of her other books does indee ...more
Nancy Narma
Sometimes friendship can withstand the test of time, distance, patience, determination and love. When Delphine Crandall, a native of Ogunquit, Maine, met Maggie Weldon ,
a summer visitor in 1971, they struck up a friendship and “pinky-swore” they would be best friends forever and ever. This stayed true throughout countless summers and into their college years, then, as personalities changed, with fear setting in and self-confidence retreating, their friendship took “a leave of absence” over many
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Allison Relyea
Jul 13, 2011 Allison Relyea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good :) I loved it so much. I relate to this book so much. Basically, it was about these two friends Delphine and Maggie who were best friends but only saw each other in the summer. They grew up together, in the summer, and eventually went away to college TOGETHER though. After that, the two girls kind of drifted apart. They kept in little contact and saw each other at special occasions; e.g: Maggie's wedding, and the birth of her two daughters. BUT, Maggie decides to take a tri ...more
Nicole Galbraith
I liked the concept of this book much more than the book itself. Delphine and Maggie were childhood friends who lost touch. Maggie decides to visit and rekindle the relationship, causing them both to reflect on the choices they've made. It's the self-reflective, female friendship book I usually love. But, I just didn't feel it. I guess my problem was that I didn't really like either of them. Maggie was way too clingy. Delphine was way too closed off. And they were both way too judgmental. I just ...more
katinameow
I found these women to be weak, timid, and pathetic. They lived with such self doubt and there moods were so erratic that I felt like I was reading about 9 year-olds, not 49 year-olds. What sad, wasted lives! Overall, it wasn't terrible but I wish I had read something else, and saved my $7.00 used to purchase the book and 5 hours spend reading it.
Karen
Jan 26, 2016 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very slow moving. Kept waiting for something more!
Kathy Warren
Wow to friends who discovers and renews their friendship after years being apart.
Erin Vuono
Jan 17, 2017 Erin Vuono rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. Cliched one-note characters. Neither of the main characters is likable. I think we were supposed to be sympathetic to Delphine (to a point), but OMG was Maggie unbearable. The whole book just goes back and forth with them sort of being friends, getting into an argument, making up, arguing again, etc. And the whole thing with the necklace Maggie so badly wanted to give Delphine? What was that?
Save your time.
Toni
Jul 27, 2011 Toni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kensington-arcs
I’m giving “Summer Friends” 3.5 Stars.

“Summer Friends” is a story of love and friendship. What would you do to win a friend back? How long is too long to rekindle a friendship? Would you give up on life and love to do your family duty?

The innocence of first love and friendship can be destroyed in an instant. Delphine and Maggie couldn’t be more different as children. They become instant friends and the love and companionship seems to be strong and healthy until events unfold for these two young
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Sue Gabianelli-danneker
a little long and draggy in places a friendship ignored over time, is reignited by one friend and resisted by another
Erin
Sep 10, 2011 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this thinking it would be a lighthearted summer read- and it was, but there were other layers as well, that went a little deeper. These two friends from childhood had drifted apart as adults, which is normal- people grow up, and find they have nothing in common as adults, or people move - there are a ton of reasons this happens. And it makes sense that it would happen to Delphine and Maggie; they were summer friends, who became year round friends, but were worlds apart when it came to soc ...more
Mary (BookHounds)
Delphine lives in a beach town that fills up with tourists every summer, most of those are wealthy. She meets Maggie and they develop a fast friendship even though there are gulfs between the two, they share everything each summer as they grow. Now both are heading for middle age and they meet again at age 49. Del quit school and returned home to Maine to work for the family business while Maggie marries, has a successful career and children. Del and Maggie lose touch with each other and only at ...more
Amy
Jun 27, 2013 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hometown girl Delphine and yearly summer visitor Maggie become the best of friends when they meet at age nine. Delphine, the quintessential tomboy of modest means is as different from the wealthy, pristine Maggie as two friends can be. They attend college together, but drift apart as young adults, Delphine back to Maine to become a farmer and Maggie to grad school, marriage and a successful career in banking. For reasons unknown to Maggie, Delphine withdraws from the friendship.
Now, nearing fift
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Beth
Sep 03, 2016 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book because it was well-written and interesting, but I struggled with actually liking the characters. Delphine especially comes across as bitter and unhappy (which is the premise of the story it seems) and Maggie comes across as bitter and selfish. That said, as the storyline unfolds, you come to understand the reason behind why they both seem so bitter and when you peel back all the layers and get to those reasons, it makes the characters likeable. Unfortunately, this revelation ...more
Krystal
Aug 26, 2011 Krystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


This is a beautiful book on female friendship. Maggie and Delphine are completely different with regards to their social and economic status; even so, they become fast friends when they are younger. Delphine is the one who takes the time to smell the roses; she is kind, thoughtful, and sweet. Maggie lives life a little bit in the fast lane. She is more impulsive, a bit of a spendthrift, and chaotic. They are perfect foils for each other, balancing out each other's characters.


As with many friends
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Julie Barrett
Jul 30, 2014 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer Friends by Holly Chamberlin
This summer novel is about two women who met each other as girls and summered each year in the same town in Maine. Delphine Crandall not only works the family farm, but helps in the diner.
Maggie Weldon grew up on the other side of the tracks and has never wanted for anything in her life. They were the best of friends, even pinky promised some things and they were able to go off to college together.
Years later they reunite back in the town but Maggie can't get th
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Marilyn
I'm stretching at giving this book 3 stars. It was very disappointing as it sounded like it would be so good -- two women who were best friends from age 10 through college drift apart and then reunite after 25 years to rekindle their friendship and explore the different paths their lives took based on the decisions they made. Well, the one woman who seeks to rekindle this friendship seemed desperate and lonely and pathetic chasing after the other woman who was just a bitch to her really. Why she ...more
Sharyl
Jul 24, 2015 Sharyl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I admit that I did read this book til the end, but did not have any attachment to the characters or story. I thought that Maggie was a needy fool and Delphine was a thoughtless jerk toward her. She also appeared spineless, but hot-headed, depending on the situation. Harry was a jerk as were her parents and her friend Jemima. The only character worth reading about was Jackie, and she wasn't in the book as much as I would have liked. I didn't understand what Delphine's BIG secret was about regardi ...more
Faye
Jul 04, 2013 Faye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enticing story. Maggie's Boston family regularly summered in Maine. There she met Delphine. Thus from the time they were young girls through college they were best friends. Maggie went to graduate school, married and had a financially productive life. Delphine went back to Maine and became involved in the family diner and farm. She did not marry. The two women drifted apart. Then Maggie decided to spend several weeks in Delphine's home town and try to reactivate their friendships. Th ...more
Laura
Sep 03, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book thru Library Thing and I liked it a lot. The author reminds me of Kristen Hannah and this book is one of those books that show the progression of the characters. The two friends Delpine Crandall and Maggie Weldon are life -long friends that make a pact to remain best friends no matter what. The book has a series of flashback sequences intermingling the present day time with the past. It reflects how to once best friends managed to drift apart thru time and circumstance. Both frie ...more
Aileen
Oct 21, 2011 Aileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie and Delphine were best friends through school and college until
after their graduation they both loose contact. Maggie got married and
had a career, Delphine went back home to work on the farm. Over 20
years since they last met Maggie contacts Delphine to say she is coming
to Ogunquit for a few weeks, Delphine feels it’s an interruption to her
life but why? They both meet up again they have both changed, why does
Maggie feel unwelcome? And unwanted? Can they put the past behind them
and b
...more
Michele Minor
Jan 16, 2012 Michele Minor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Both Delphine Crandall and Maggie Weldon are best friends and did everything together during the summer months when Maggie spent the summer in Ogunquit, Maine. Maggie gets her MBA, lands a lucrative career and marries while Delphine moves back home to run the family farm and has a married lover. Delphine is satisfied with her life until Maggie comes back to Ogunquit for a visit. With Maggie’s visit Delphine is forced to reevaluate her life and the choices that she has made. Maggie also reevaluat ...more
Scottie
Aug 27, 2011 Scottie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as part of a Goodreads “First Reads” giveaway.

This book was fabulous!! I loved the idea of two friends trying to reconnect after decades of no contact. The author really captured how people change over time. I enjoyed how the story was presented (as a back-and-forth between the present day and their past). I think this was a great read and I highly recommend it. In fact, I plan to read more of this author’s works as this was my first time reading one of her books.
Terri
Dec 29, 2011 Terri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Book was okay. I got a bit tired of how the one woman kept going back to her one-time friend when it was obvious that the friendship, formed when they were children, was not something the 2nd woman wanted.

One passage was a bit confusing, but this type of thing always jumps out at me. Maggie goes into an antique store. There's a counter in front of her and, "Immediately to the left of the counter, there was...a glass-fronted cabinet. To the right of the cabinet were two end tables..." Now where
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Holly Chamberlin is a native New Yorker, but she now lives in Portland, Maine - the aftermath of stumbling across Mr. Right at the one moment she wasn't watching the terrain. She's been writing and editing - poetry, children's fantasies, a romance novel or two, among many other genres and projects - her entire life. She has two cats, Betty and Cyrus, and when she's not writing her hobbies include ...more
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