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With a little determination and a lot of charm, Rosa Capoletti took a run-down pizza joint and turned it into an award-winning restaurant that has been voted "best place to propose" three years in a row. For Rosa, though, there has been no real romance since her love affair with Alexander Montgomery ended without explanation a decade ago. But guess who's just come back to ...more
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Published April 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published 2004)
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Darcy
I am not sure how this author made it on my radar, but this will not be the last book that I read by her. This book was a very sweet story about first loves, first betrayals, and screwed up families.

The story switches back and forth from the present to the past. In the beginning we see where Rosa doesn't have the time of day for Alex, and I have to admit I wondered why, it seemed like she was out of line. But it is as we learn how these two meet as kids and see their friendship progress that we
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Annette Mardis
If you only like romances with lots of steamy sex, don't read this book.

If you only like breezy novels with quick payoffs, don't read this book.

If you don't like well-drawn characters, don't read this book.

But DO read this book if:
* you like to read about people finding lasting love the second time around;
* you like to see literary puzzle pieces come together in a pleasing plot;
* you like to settle in with characters for a while;
* you don't mind flashbacks and well fleshed out back stori
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Jasmine Whitherly
Susan Wiggs possesses great skill in describing the nuances of human emotion and intertwining them into a story line that is real and believable. In "Summer by the Sea" I enjoyed the progression and the complexities of the romance between Alex and Rosa, the flashbacks that put their history into perspective, the descriptions of scenery and the characters' reaction to it. I loved the recipes that fit so well into the theme. Most of all, I liked that the ending was not mushy or overly emotional.
Kelly Moran
I always say that I will take sleep deprivation over a bad book any day of the week and twice on Sundays. Thanks to Susan Wiggs, I'm now sleep deprived. This was the first book I picked up by her, and it won't be the last. She has a way of winding love, family, and friendship into a book that's so emotionally powerful you jump right in the setting. Bravo! I love her already!!!
Audel
Voici un roman idéal pour l'été !

A travers 6 parties, l'auteure nous narre l'histoire de Rosa et Alex. On alterne entre le passé où on découvre la rencontre des deux protagonistes durant leur enfance, avec le présent où Alex est de retour dans la vie de Rosa après plusieurs années et une rupture difficile. Le tout se déroulant la plupart du temps lors des vacances estivales.

Par cette alternance, l'auteure entretient le suspens puisque se pose aux lecteurs deux questions tout au long du roman : q
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Anne
Susan Wiggs is an American author, she's written many stand alone novels and also a couple of series. Summer By The Sea is a romance novel, no getting away from it - if you don't like a bit of love and heartbreak then don't bother. If you like a story that makes you feel good, with a cast of interesting characters and a dollop of Italian food thrown in, then this one will suit you down to the ground.

Our heroine; Rosa, is the owner of a succesful Italian restaurant in a small coastal US town. Her
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Carol
A very nice romance novel. Not as sexually explicit as some. However, when the teenager takes his girlfriend out after dark with his telescope to see the 'transit of Mercury' and it wasn't a boondoggle, I thought "What's wrong with this picture?" A transit of Mercury takes place when the planet Mercury comes between the Sun and the Earth, and Mercury is seen as a small black dot moving across the face of the Sun. How are you going to see that at night?? Huh? Anyway you don't just point your tele ...more
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Andrea
Warning, do not read this book if you are hungry! :) Loved the aspect of the Italian restaurant and the many wonderful recipes included throughout the book. Although the story starts out strong, there are a few places where it seemed to lull. However, once the loose ends came together, the storyline really picks up and I found that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! This is one of the best Susan Wiggs' books I've read!
Miss Kim
Aug 26, 2008 Miss Kim rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance Fans
This was my first Susan Wiggs read, and I did like it. However, it didn't blow my sox off. It's the old tale of one half of the relationship being from 'the wrong side of the tracks'. The characters are well developed and there are very strong family connections. It has a nice HEA.
Amy
Susan Wigg's Summer by the Sea is a charming beach read. Second chances, found opportunities and first love are themes explored as readers dive into the summer adventure. Rosa's life is far different than she imagined. As a girl, she dreamed of going to college and seeing the world but tragic circumstances kept her chained to her hometown.

She made the best of her dilemma and turned a run-down restaurant into a popular tourist destination. Although her life has moved on, part of her heart has re
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punxsygal
They were approximately nine years old when they met. Rosa Capoletti was the daughter of the gardener and Alex Montgomery was the asthmatic son of the mansion’s owner. As they played together each summer their friendship grew deeper and deeper. Then Rosa’s father was hit by a car and it all seemed to fall apart, their friendship, her dreams of college, the thought they could overcome the differences in their backgrounds. Now Alex has come back to town and Rosa, owner of a popular restaurant in t ...more
Emily Higgins
Rosa Capoletti and Alex Montgomery spent all of their time together during their childhood summers. Alex's family were "summer people". Rosa and her family lived in the little Rhode Island town all year. As Rosa and Alex grew older, Alex stopped spending his summers in Rhode Island. His family disapproved of their friendship and worked to keep them apart. When Alex's mother died, he came back to Rhode Island to oversee the repairs to the family's summer home. He also made it clear that he had re ...more
Dixie-lee Campbell
Excellent book. Got a bit confused at first the time-line shifting back in the story... but once I caught onto what was happening... it unfolded nicely and could not stop reading the book.
It was very challenging romance for Rosa and Alexander... and some outcomes were surprising and a couple predictable.... but loved this story and highly recommend it.
I felt I was actually living amongst the people, families and the community. Loved the Italian culture and community... Rosa was perfect in her ro
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Nicole
Rosa Capoletti is an Italian American who runs a popular restaurant on Rhode Island's South Shore - she is a local in a land of Summer People. She met Alex, one of the Summer People, when they were 9 years old and when Rosa's life takes a drastic turn at the age of 18, she found she couldn't even count on the man she loved to be there for her. Now 30 and still stinging from Alex's rejection over a decade ago, she has steeled herself ever since against being hurt again. But, when he whirls into h ...more
Ns
When it comes to true love there are second chances in Susan Wiggs' novel Summer by the Sea.

From the moment Rosa Capoletti met Alexander Montgomery when she was nine and he ten, they shared an instant connection, one that would create memories of a magical summer. That fateful summer paved the way for several more magical summers shared by Rosa and Alex, oblivious to their differences and circumstances.

For a few summer weeks Alex is a part of Rosa's world but she is never part of his when summer
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Kerrymac
This was a hand-me-down book, but looked like an enjoyable summer read. The first half of the book impressed me with its richness and occasional poetic style. But the last half of the book seemed to have been rushed. Details of character didn't always line up and the quality of writing seemed diminished. I guessed the big mystery early and the mostly predictable end almost seemed as if written as an afterthought. I will try this author again and hope for consistent quality!
Linda C
Winslow is a fictional Rhode Island sea town where the very well to do have large summer homes and live separate lives from the locals. When Rosa is 9 she loses her Mother to cancer and must accompany her Father to his job as gardener to the big houses. At one place she meets a pale sickly 10 year old boy. Alex has severe asthma and has been extremely protected. But Rosa gets him out of the house and into trouble. So begins a friendship that persists despite family objections on both sides. At 1 ...more
Kshydog
Enjoyed reading about the comparisons of the rich people vs the locals. Felt happy for Alex to have found a childhood friend for his summers when so asthmatic and that he was able to find ways to overcome it. Liked that he could see his parent's faults in a so-so marriage but really had a hard time with him forgetting Rosa so completely after the accident with her father. Admired Rosa for her determination and belief in helping family over everything else.
Jodie
After finishing my only book I brought on my three day vacation in one day, I was forced to borrow schlock from my aunt. I've never read a "romance" novel before and chastised my cousin for it when she could be reading literature. This book was surprisingly comforting. It was very well written, if entirely formulaic. But isn't that what comfort books are about? The characters were lovingly drawn, if two-dimensional at times. I learned that the author is a Harvard grad which made me a little disa ...more
Anne
I finished reading this yesterday. It was your typical 'romance' novel - a nice, fluffy, easy read. The setting is the fictional beach town of Winslow - don't remember any mention of what state it was supposedly in but, during part of our vacation this summer we'll be staying overnight in Misquamicutt, Rhode Island. I've been reserching the area on-line and some of the places and descriptions in the book match up with the info about Misquamicutt and the surrounding area. I'll try to check around ...more
Barbara
After disliking 'Just Breath," my first book by this author, I was pleasantly surprised that 'Summer by the Sea' turned out to be much more engrossing. This turned out to be a comforting story with characters that were both endearing and predictable at the same time. (Maybe that predictability is what made them so endearing?)
The plot was very predictable, but I still managed to finish this off in a couple of evenings after work/school.

My biggest disappointment was coming across my new pet peev
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Liz Muehl
A great trip back to where I used to live. I love the accuracy with which the author described in rich detail the culture of a close knit Italian family and surrounding community that took such pleasure in each other and delicious food. Loved all the recipes and plan to cool them all!
Lindsay
The cover of this book caught my eye and made me want to read it. It's soothing and romantic. I don't like romance novels, but the cover of a book will make the deal or break it. But this was actually a pretty good book, for a romance novel. Not cheesy and no sex scenes, so if that's what you are into, then this probably isn't for you. It tells the story of Rosa and Alex who met when they kids and follows their relationship throughout the years. He's rich, she's not. Neither one of their parents ...more
Christy
There is something unique about this book, every few chapters it begins with a quote and a recipe. The main character in the book own's a restaurant which she named after her mother. They are an Italian family and so naturally the food was good and the recipes were definitely share worthy.

Rosa and Alexander met as children. After Rosa's Mom passed away she went to work with her father. Her father was a gardener for some of the more affluent people in their neighborhood and all Rosa had to do was
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Jaime Atkins
I love Susan Wiggs....I haven't read anything of hers I didn't like. This was no exception. I identified with the characters and I wanted them to discover a way to overcome their past and find a happy future together. I knew throughout the book that there was a good reason for Alex to have abandoned Rosa as a teenager. I thought the revelation of the past was well written, well timed, and I could feel each and every emotion the characters were feeling in that situation.

I was disapointed by on
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Elle
I was worried when I leafed through this book before reading it and saw recipes dispersed throughout it. I'm glad I didn't let that deter me because it was a fun and quick read and has made me a new fan of author Susan Wiggs (this is the first book I've read by her).

I liked how 'Summer By The Sea' went back in time to explain things more in depth about Rosa and Alex's relationship. Some people may not like the switching back and forth from past and present, but I found myself wanting to read mor
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Jesse
Wonderful book. I'd seen many Susan Wiggs books on others' shelves on goodreads and have been curious about her writing and was very happy with what I found. If you're looking for a steamy romance, this is not the book. This is the first of her novels I've read, so I don't know if this is typical for her writing, but although I love some steamy, hot detail on the love making in my romance novels, I did not feel bereft without it while reading this because the story was in the relationship strugg ...more
Sharon Offerman
I absolutely loved this book! This is the first book I read by Susan & I fell in love with her writing. She writes so you can picture yourself in the story and the places. I couldn't wait to start another of her books!
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Susan Wiggs's life is all about family, friends...and fiction. She lives at the water's edge on an island in Puget Sound, and she commutes to her writers' group in a 17-foot motorboat. She serves as author liaison for Field's End, a literary community on Bainbridge Island, Washington, bringing inspiration and instruction from the world's top authors to her seaside community. (See www.fieldsend.org ...more
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