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Driftwood Summer

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  3,149 Ratings  ·  230 Reviews
Three sisters- responsible Riley, vivacious Maisy, and fun-loving Adalee-reunite to save the family's beach-community bookstore. But summer also marks the return of Mack Logan, whose choice of Maisy over Riley years ago destroyed the special closeness between the sisters...

Now Riley, a single mom, is hiding a shattering secret about their mother. Maisy, a California desig
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by NAL (first published June 5th 2007)
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Jun 22, 2010 Felina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, star-5, 2010
Once again I sit here with eggs on my face. This book comes from a genre that I have publically loathed and snubbed. I am the fantasy/sci-fi chick who looks down at girls who spend their time reading 'stupid chick lit drivel’. I think I have good reason to dislike romance books. I think they put unfair and impossible standards on men to which they can never achieve and make ALL women feel inadequate. I mean, if your man won’t fly across the world and bust into your office during the year end mee ...more
Lindsey Lang
Jan 08, 2011 Lindsey Lang rated it it was amazing
this was a truly beautiful book! i think i finished the entire second half today because i just couldn't bear to put it down. this book has it all; love, family, secrets, hurt, betrayal, and so much more, all wrapped around my favorite two things: books and the beach! a perfect summer read, if you can get your hands on this book it's a must read!!
Feb 01, 2017 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
A book about a bookstore? Sign me up! Although at first glance this appears to be little more than summer chick lit, it was throughly engaging and I could not help but love all the name dropping of books and authors. However, I had difficulty comprehending how the grudge between the two eldest sisters carried on for so many years. Get over it already people! Overall, a worthwhile read and a welcome bright spot during the winter months.
May 27, 2011 Holly rated it it was amazing

If I could give a book 10 stars, I would give it to this one. Better review to come but overall, a wonderful great read!

*updated July 10*
In a word, I would call this book, refreshing. This was one of those books that had me laughing out loud, crying at certain moments, and at the end, I was sad it was over.

We start off with Riley, the oldest of the three sisters, who runs a bookstore with her mom and young son. "Mama" as all good southern kids call their mom, took a stumble down the stairs and
Jul 28, 2009 Mary rated it really liked it
I went back and forth between 3 and 4 stars. I think it's a good vacation read. Funny how I've gravitated that way lately. No actual beach vacation for us this year so I'm reading books about people who live at the shore! I liked the author's writing. Having 6 sisters, I think Patti Callahan Henry did a great job portraying the Sheffield sisters' relationships with each other. It may have gotten a little dramatic and intense at times but that was believable as well. Another aspect of the novel t ...more
Tina Lovell
Jun 03, 2012 Tina Lovell rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women contemparay fiction fans
I just finished driftwood Summer! I highly reccomend it! it is written by Patti Callahan Henry, it explores the relationship between 3 sisters who need to keep the family bookstore up and running when their Mother is injured in a fall, the complicated realtionships and deep resentments between the sisters comes out and are brouht to light, I choose it because I love southern fiction. But anyone who enjoys contemparary fiction would enjoy this book !
Jun 02, 2010 Kate rated it it was ok
Beach read--breezy, not substantial. The setting, which is, in fact, a beach town, is described beautifully. The character development is not as well done. Two sisters return home (where mom & a 3rd sister live & run a bookstore). The town is buzzing with the anniversary of the store/historic home, which is being marked with a week of celebratory events. One man returning is the guy two of the sisters were in love with the last time they saw him, back when they were in their late teens. ...more
Dec 11, 2010 Miranda rated it it was amazing
Driftwood Summer is the story of three sisters, all raised in small beach side town where people flock every summer to get away from their busy city lives. Although they were all raised there, the oldest, Riley, is the only one permanently living there, along with her son Brayden. The two live over the bookstore that Riley and her mother own. Maisy ran away from the sleepy little town twelve years ago, and the youngest sister, Adalee, has been busy at college.

But now it's the bookstore's 200th
This was my first introduction to Patti Callahan Henry and really... it was a good one. I enjoyed the audiobook version. I liked the story of the three sisters, all different but when it comes down to it family is important. I liked the setting and the bookstore within Driftwood Cottage and all the characters that entered that store. Riley's story I particularly liked and lastly I liked that it was the sisters that bonded together and saved the day.
Jul 19, 2009 Leann rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Women that love Sothern Lit
I really loved reading Driftwood Summer. The bookstore, The Driftwood Cottage, was the setting for the book. The Driftwood Cottage is located in small coastal town about an hour outside of Savannah, GA. I love books that are written about the low country for this is where I grew up. Patti Callahan Henry always delivers wonderful stories about the low country and Driftwood Summer is no exception.

The characters in the book are described so well that you feel you could be friends with them or even
Aug 01, 2013 Deborah rated it liked it
Although this is not my favorite book by Patti Callahan Henry, it was still a good read. I wish I could have given it 3.5 stars, instead of 3, because of the plot's predictability. But on the other hand, it kept me interested, and I am glad I read it. I'm not sure if Southern Writers seem to have a "thing" about writing about sisters, but that is who Driftwood Summer is about--3 estranged sisters that get together one summer to honor the demands of their 70 year old mother.

Each sister in this fa
Jan 10, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it
This book is about three sister that have grown up in a small beach town. The story is about their relationships with their mother, each other and a man in their lives. Very good story about the book store they owned and the interaction with all the customers.

I feel this book is mostly about what happened when two sisters in high school care for the same man and feel betrayed by each other. Then when they are hurt by each other, how they dealt with their pain and those are their secrets spoken a
Julie Barrett
Nov 10, 2015 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
Driftwood summer by Patti Henry Callahan
Book starts out with Riley, raising her son above the bookstore. We learn of how the store got to be where it's located.
Alternating chapters from the 3 sisters as the story unfolds.
200th year anniversary week long party is planned, something for everybody. She learns when her mother falls down the stairs that she also has cancer in her bone that will be treated after the party.
Her sisters are to come also to visit, which they are not to be told about the c
Feb 04, 2010 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Sweet little story, nothing special. The ending wrapped everything up in a neat little bow. I made the following post about two chapters into the book, and my feelings remain the same after completing it:

So far, the dialogue in this book is kind of awkward and the story already seems a bit cliched and overly melodramatic. Writing style=only meh.

Reasons I have to read it anyway:
1) Cozy little beach town setting ftw. (I want to live in a beach town way too badly.)
2) I can pretend I own a book sto
Feb 08, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
It took me awhile to get into this book. It started off a little slow and because of that I put it down for a few years and just forgot about it. Once I started reading it again I actually really enjoyed it. I loved the story between the two sisters and the drama between them loving the same boy. It held my interest as I waited to see who would end up with him.

The story reminded me of The Summer I Turned Pretty series. Except in this case it was two sisters in love with the same boy instead of t
Jun 13, 2012 Jenn rated it liked it
The Sheffield sisters are from a small seaside town called Palmetto Beach. During the summers, tourists would flock to the town. Riley is the oldest and every summer hangs with Mack Logan, a summer resident. She is in love with him and the summer she thinks something might happen, his attention shifts to Maisy, the middle sister. In a fit of jealousy, Riley gets Maisy in trouble and Mack Logan leaves and doesn't return the following summer. That causes a ripple effect on the all three Sheffield ...more
Jul 30, 2011 Anne added it
I did not enjoy this book. It was an easy, quick, light read, which I think it what the author intended. But I thought the writing was so lazy that it became a distraction from the story. The dialogue was unnatural, and reminded me of pre-teen books I used to read growing up. In addition, some elements of the story just did not make sense - such as the large age gap between the mother and youngest daughter.

Because of the distraction of the writing, I never really felt attached to the characters.
Sally Kilpatrick
I just finished this yesterday, and it would be a lovely beach read if anyone's looking for one. The Sheffield sisters have secrets, all kinds of secrets. Mama has some secrets of her own. Even though all three sisters have drifted away from their mother and each other they come together to try to save the bookstore where the oldest, Riley, lives with her son.

Each of the three sisters does some interesting growing in this book. It's told from the oldest sister's and the middle sister's POVs--but
Aug 05, 2011 Cathy rated it liked it
Ok, I would rate this three-and-a-half stars, but I think I consistently round down on here. I read Driftwood Summer today. The whole book. It moved extremely quickly, in part due to the simplicity of the characters, partially because of the predictability of the plot, and partly due to Patty Callahan Henry's smooth writing style. I definitely enjoyed the story, but I'm pretty sure it will blend into every other Lowcountry chick lit novel I've read, within a few weeks. The characters are mired i ...more
Nov 01, 2015 K.K. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-book-log
Patti hooked me and pulled me through this story. I finished it in a day and a half. That is not normal for me. I can be such a slow reader. So it was refreshing and fun to get caught up in a story that I wanted to get lost in.

She nailed sister politics in this story, the strange combination of competition and support siblings can feel for one another. Though there is a love triangle, this story is mainly about sisters and how, as family, our relationships can get very complicated as our histor
Aug 23, 2011 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was a book I just couldn't put down because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. The characters were so beautifully created; they were very vivid and real to me. I found myself instantly drawn into the story, mostly for Riley. I enjoyed Maisey too, but I found her to still be very young and immature throughout most of the story. This was a wonderful book about connections, family, realtionships and letting go of the present so you can live in the future. However, the story also m ...more
Oct 06, 2010 Andrea rated it liked it
What a nice break from the sometimes intense novels on our bookshelf! My mom lent this to me, and though a bit sappy at times, it is such a nice story. Broken family of women, gaterhing reluctantly at their seaside home, over-bearing mother facing tragic future, ghosts of old boyfriends and past lives. All come full-circle with a predictable ending but you really find yourself looking for the happy. Each of the sisters have unique personalities and Henry does a good job of making you feel like a ...more
May 20, 2012 Denise rated it really liked it
Driftwood Summer took a while to read. In fact, I meant to read it during the summer but ended up reading it this fall. Still, it was a good read that explored family relationships between three sisters who drifted apart after a misunderstanding. The two older sisters fall for the same guy way back in their teen years, with disasterous results for everyone. Their mother's medical emergency brings them all back home to the beach and to a wonderful bookstore run by mother and oldest sister. The st ...more
Just - The romance reader
Jul 18, 2009 Just - The romance reader rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was a fabulous read! I settled in this evening for a nap, but instead found myself unable to put the book down until it was finished. I started it yesterday morning and by this evening I had completed my reading with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes.

The sisters struggle to overcome some past issues in the beginning only to reveal a beautiful bond. Henry shows the reader that family really can come together and overcome anything. Not only that but she also shows that with real h
Jul 06, 2012 Detroitangel rated it it was amazing
Simply a beautiful story about family, life, regret, forgiveness and moving forward. I found myself laughing, crying, and cursing at all of these stubborn characters and their lives.
"She wondered if in every woman's life, there was a night she didn't talk about, a night that had changed everything."

I love the theme that this cottage, which had passed through many families, was a place where connections were made. Connections can never be undone. You can seperate yourself from it, but you will al
Dec 11, 2009 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-carolinas
Looking back at childhood, adolescence, first loves, terrible decisions from the perspective of a thirty something sounds like it's been done before. Throw in the setting of a bookstore, which serves as the hub of a southern Georgia town and the heart of a family trying to find itself again, and this book held my attention. While I had a sense of how things would end, I have to admit the hopeful spirit, the respect for family ties and old friends, and civility remain benchmarks for ways to live ...more
Feb 17, 2016 MrsKrueger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dieser Roman ist einer von der Sorte, die mich völlig überrascht und mit ihrer Grandiosität überrollt haben. Die Buchbeschreibung klingt zwar spannend, aber ich wusste teilweise nicht, ob mir die Sprache zu literarisch werden würde (im Klappentext war der poetische Schreibstil gelobt worden), aber ich war völlig verzaubert von der Art der Autorin zu erzählen und habe mich in diese Geschichte sofort hineingezogen gefühlt. Ein tolles Werk, das vor allem durch seine Atmosphäre und der packenden Sto ...more
Sep 07, 2012 Katie rated it liked it
A small town beach setting and a family owned book store had me from the beginning. The story was a little predicable and the writing was weak at times. As another reader pointed out...could the 70 year old mother really have given birth to the youngest daughter who was only 22? Things like that TOTALLY drive me NUTS!!! Overall I did like it though and would give it 3.5 stars if I had the option. It's a total summer/quick read/happily ever after book but maybe that's what I needed because I like ...more
Mickey Reed
Jul 12, 2009 Mickey Reed rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Patti Callahan Henry.
Shelves: favorites
Less predictable than her last novel and much more enjoyable. This book was comfortable, if at all possible. You can fall right into the story, with the cozy bookstore and all the characters. The three sisters' lives are entwined easily, albeit a chaotic connection of jealousy and old resentment. Sometimes conversations seem forced or unnatural, but those conversations were necessary to the story. It was heartbreaking at moments, so happy in others. A good story of pulling family together to mak ...more
Jul 28, 2009 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
I typically don't give 5 stars to a book, but I couldn't resist! The book is about the relationship of three sisters and their mother. One sister runs the family owned bookstore in a summer town. A week of special events is held to try to save the bookstore from being sold. The book made me want to open my own bookstore/coffee shop even more! I also wish I had more money to buy a lake home! I liked the way the author dedicated each chapter to one of the two sisters. It gave the reader more infor ...more
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Patti Callahan Henry is the New York Times Bestelling novelist of eleven novels. Her latest is THE BOOKSHOP AT WATER'S END with Penguin Random House/Berkley

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