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Years ago, Nora Bridge walked out on her marriage and left her daughters behind. Now she is a famous talk show host. Her daughter Ruby is a struggling comedienne. The two haven’t spoken in more than a decade. Then a scandal from Nora’s past is exposed, and Ruby is offered a fortune to write a tell-all about her mother. Reluctantly, she returns to the family house on Summer ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 2nd 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published 2001)
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Mandy Sue
Jun 26, 2009 Mandy Sue rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, read-2009
Summer Island is a very touching story about the power of love through healing and forgiveness. It reminds us that each story has three sides and how sometimes we need to look past our own hurt and anger to renew an old relationship.

Summer's Island is sold on it being a book about Mother/Daughter relationships but it is so much more. It is truths hidden behind masks; love lost yet still yearned for. It is pain from being apart from family; and resentment for losing so much time.

Kristen Hannah on
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Cathleen
Jan 31, 2014 Cathleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I didn't have this book on my TBR list. I picked this up last weekend along with another book from this author. I started reading this Wednesday night. Massachusetts is having a heat wave and I do not have air conditioning. I thought this would be a good book to read during the hot, sticky and sleepless nights.

I finished reading this story at 4:45 AM this morning. Some books should come with warning labels so you will know the story between the covers may cause you to feel a variety of emotions.
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Jessica  Sinn (Chick Lit Cafe)
Nora Bridge had what appeared to be the American dream – a devoted husband, two loving daughters, and a quaint beachhouse on Summer Island. Yet one day she turned her back on them all and vanished into thin air.

A decade later her youngest daughter Ruby finds herself grappling with the heartbreaking legacy of her mother’s selfishness. Stuck in the spin cycle of financial and emotional debt, Ruby is listless, angry and desperate to make a buck. After Nora, ironically a nationally beloved radio ad
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Jennefer
Nov 25, 2010 Jennefer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all my girlfriends
Recommended to Jennefer by: Donna
This is the first novel I have read by this author and I have to say I LOVED THIS BOOK - THANKS DONNA for the recommendation! What a wonderful story!!

Nora Bridge is a radio talk show host that espouses the morals of a nation. People trust and love her. When pornographic pictures of her are released to the press, her carefully constructed world comes tumbling down around her and she is faced with the skeletons in her closet that have left her estranged from the two daughters she has loved from a
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Amanda Kimball
Jun 28, 2012 Amanda Kimball rated it it was amazing
I didn't have very high expectations for this book. I picked it up in a whim for $2, and it sat on my shelf for a good 4 months. What a wasted time! This book was wonderful. Complex and intellectually stimulating. I felt for Nora and was drawn to her despite her flaws. Ruby and Caro were definitely on opposite ends of the spectrum, but it worked so well. As a daughter and a sister, I could easily relate to pieces of them. You look at their family, their story, and see the good and the bad of you ...more
C.R. Sedore
Jan 20, 2016 C.R. Sedore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mighty love mixed with gripping, emotional storytelling explains this story. Kristin Hannah did an excellent job bringing alive the depth of the characters loves each other. Most love stories fall short when it comes to readers connection to the main couple. The characters were so toxifying to read it became addicting. The story showcases love through forgiveness and I believe that's an important factor to embark as a romance reader.

You probably think I'm talking about a love between lovers but
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Cindee Bowen
Aug 10, 2013 Cindee Bowen rated it it was ok
I can't figure out why this author is so popular. I thought the story line was cheesy and predictable, and the prose uninspired. Wow, I seldom write negative reviews , so you KNOW this book disappointed me!
Renee
Apr 12, 2011 Renee rated it it was ok
Okay, I am at work, so I'll have to make this review short and to the point.

This is the third Kristin Hannah book I have read, and while the first one was very touching ( True Colors ), the last two including this one, have been so-so.

I begin to think these books are like Lifetime movies. I don't know why I would watch, they aren't particularly any good... and yet, it is easy to let a wasted few hours go by while a movie (book) full of cliches and emotional manipulation bumbles along. Sometimes
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Amy
Feb 28, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
I waver between 4 and 5 stars on this one, but ultimately choose 5 because the story was wonderful, the character development was splendid and the story is one that is bound to stick with me for a long time. (6 months later I returned to this review and had actually entirely forgotten the story, so i reduced the rating to a 4)

I read a version of this book which was released through epub, and thus there were some formatting and grammatical errors which were somewhat distracting, but the story sti
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Angel
Jul 23, 2012 Angel rated it liked it
My 3 star rating is being generous on my part.

This book was very predictable and cheesy beyond imagination.

The character Ruby totally unbelievable. She goes from one personality to a completely different personality within a few weeks?

The anger and family time lost could have most likely been eliminated if the mother would have written a letter to her daughters and explained in total honesty what happened to both her and her ex. To believe somebody would not do so is pure stupidity.

While mental
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Hakkalina
Aug 12, 2011 Hakkalina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great
Feelings: pain, sadness, joyfulness

I was hooked after the first 50 pages, even the night couldn't stop me. The story made me cry, I gasped for breath as I read some sentences, they touched my heart so deeply. Love and pain. Being loved and missing love. The non-expressed words are so painful, they torn apart and make devastation in hearts. I think my heart has not opened yet entirely, thus I was shocked as I was reading about Bridge family, their story, their feelings, their life were very hear
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Beth
Jul 13, 2015 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great conflict

I loved this book because the conflict was so real and made total sense. A mother walks out on her family and her daughter hates her. Fast forward many years and the daughter suddenly has to help her mother but is offered a lot of money to do an expose on her mother. It was fascinating to watch the main character develop.
Danielle Calhoun
Oct 09, 2012 Danielle Calhoun rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Kristin Hannah books! This particular book I picked up at the library and had very low expectations for. I was very surprised at how much I really enjoyed it. A story about relationships and forgiveness. It will make you laugh and cry. I highly recommend.
Lori
Apr 19, 2008 Lori rated it liked it
I listened to this book in the car - sometimes depressing, sometimes thought-provoking, Im glad I listened to it. But I think I'm ready for a break from this author.
Brenda
Mar 07, 2011 Brenda added it
It's rare that I find a fiction author whose books I sit down and devour for no other reason then they are a pure joy to read and whose characters I feel such a connection to. I loved her other books (Firefly Lane and True Colors) and this latest one I picked up from the library on a whim. It did not disappoint. The author is a Pacific NW native so many of the settings in her book are familiar places (in this case, the San Juan Islands). I typically end up crying at some point because the story ...more
Megan Palasik
I listened to this book as an audio book so my experience may be different than other readers'.

The first book I ever read by Hannah was Night Road and I absolutely loved it! There was love, there was suspense, and I remember finishing it thinking, "Yes, here is a writer I can enjoy with Jodi Picoult (whom I love!)".

So when I saw Summer Island at the library, I didn't hesitate to pick it up. I didn't even read the synopsis. Then I listened to the book.

Firstly, the woman who read the book was won
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Limau Nipis
After reading Kristin Hannah's books, she is definitely going to be my favourite author. Yes, after 6 books that I read from her.

I would say, that I would give 3.5 stars to this one. At par with Night Road, but not as emotional as Angel Falls or Winter Garden, which I consider is the best book to date by the author.

Anyway, I have this kind of love-hate relationship with my mother. Maybe because my mom still treats me as a child, but at the same time, I know that she still loves me.

It is kind of
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Jenni
Aug 03, 2011 Jenni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook-books
This is the 10th Kristin Hannah I have read this year. I think I have mentioned a few times before that she and Jodi Picoult are probably my two favorite authors. They both have a style of writing that I am drawn to, and I have never been disappointed in any of their books.

"Summer Island" was certainly no different.

Summer Island is about advice expert Nora Bridges, the two daughters she abandoned years ago (Ruby & Caroline), and some other wonderful characters (Eric the homesexual cancer pa
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Pammy
Jun 19, 2015 Pammy rated it really liked it
I don't know. Maybe I just needed a good cry and didn't realize it.
I went into Summer Island, thinking along the lines of a good beach read story. Advise: Do NOT try reading this in public, unless you don't mind sharing tears while on display.
This one got to me. It's the story of a mother and her two daughters and the ties that bind them...and the barriers that keep them apart.
Love, pain, disillusionment, relationships, pride, estrangement, marriage challenges, oh my... Ms Hannah includes everyt
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Lea Wait
May 27, 2015 Lea Wait rated it liked it
Two dysfunctional families. Their four children grow up together because of where their summer homes are. Then a series of miscommunications, misconceptions, and just plain life separate them all, from each other and from their parents. Now, for different (and dramatic) reasons they are back. Secrets gradually come out of closets. I loved the relationship breaking and then mending, although for dramatic purposes it all happens much faster than I suspect it would in real life -- and there were mo ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Aug 26, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it liked it
Much better than I expected, a really intriguing portrait of a woman finally facing everything she left behind in the world.
Dark-Draco
Aug 02, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, chick-lit
All I can say about this book is WOW. I bought it purely to release as part of a BookCrossing Challenge, but couldn't let it out of my hands before I'd read it. I'm so glad I did.

This is the story of Nora, a celebrity who preaches the sanctity of the family to millions of Americans via the radio and through magazines. But Nora walked out on her husband and her children, and now the press has proof she had an affair. Her career in ruins, she finds that she has no-one to turn too.

Then there is Ru
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Jill Gilbert
Jul 25, 2010 Jill Gilbert rated it liked it
For my book club this month. Nora is a discredited advice columnist (think Dr. Laura with a newspaper column and a radio show) who is estranged from her adult daughters, esp. her younger daughter Ruby, since she left her husband and teenage daughters years ago. Ruby has amazingly never learned the true story of why Nora left and the book is about how the truth transforms her.

I had a hard time getting into this book. The characters were unlikeable, especially at first, and the characterizations w
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Donna
Oct 05, 2009 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: hannah-kristin
mother is estranged from her one daughter and kinda talks to the other - the mother is a famous radio personality who give life advice. a secret from the mothers past is made public and she is feeling depressed drinks and then drives only to get into an accident and breaks her legl. both daughters go to the hospital and the one who has spoken to the mother tells the other sister she needs to take care of mom for a week until she can get back on her feet. this daughter thinks it might be a good i ...more
Monica Skeens
Mar 12, 2012 Monica Skeens rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, kristin, hannah
Nora Bridgewas kind of like Dear Abby for the radio and she had a secret. She had an affair several years ago and left her family and now she is giving advice about love and family on the radio. When this comes to light with the public, things are not good at all for her. She tries to escape from the bashing for a while by going to Summer Island with a friend who is dying. However she gets into an accident because she was drinking and slammed into a tree. This forces her estranged daughter to co ...more
Rhonda Rae Baker
Jul 15, 2009 Rhonda Rae Baker rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel...Hannah knows how to take you on a trip that is unforgettable! She has a way of drawing you into the story as if you are there with them experiencing everything first hand!

The characters are real and easy to relate to. Dealing with life issues all of us have faced at one time or another it was easy to identify with what was going on.

Love of family and the forgivness of choices made in the past that affected everyone. This is what it's about and I understood what was happening
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Meital Ben-Daniel
Kristin Hannah does it again ! After reading the Night Road and the Nightingale, I hurried to the library in search of her earlier books. In the Summer Island,
I immediately fell in love with her characters. A beautiful novel about the relationship of a mother with her two very different daughters. About the pain of love and reconciliation.
Victoria
Aug 21, 2012 Victoria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-fic
I had enjoyed the first book that I read by this author Magic Hour, but I think that was mostly due to the subject matter (feral children). This book shared similarities in that it too was about families and children. And also that the family was so unrealistic...
Still, it was an enjoyable and certainly escapist-fast read. I will most likely read more by her - though I doubt I will ever rush out just to get one.
In many ways, this author is reminiscent of Jodi Picoult - though on a more superfici
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Brittany
Jan 12, 2016 Brittany rated it really liked it
I said it before and I'll say it again, Kristin Hannah is a master at writing about family dynamics. Her books just kind of suck me in without being overt about it. I'll start reading and the next thing I know, it's two hours later. 'Summer Island' was no exception. This one hit a little close to home with how the family handled their problems or didn't. And while I think that Ruby has every right to be angry and bitter, I do think that she tended to take things a little far and there were times ...more
Alison  Fesler
Jan 03, 2012 Alison Fesler rated it liked it
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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including the blockbuster Firefly Lane and #1 bestsellers Night Road and Home Front. She is a former lawyer turned writer and is the mother of one son. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii with her husband.
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“As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.” 789 likes
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