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That Camden Summer

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  3,275 ratings  ·  156 reviews
When a fiercely independent young woman returns with her three daughters to her hometown of Camden, Maine, after divorcing her philandering husband, she finds a less-than-hospitable welcome. But she's about to show an entire town what one good woman can do.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Jove
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LaVyrle Spencer is one of the few romance novelists I can enjoy. Her characters are normal people going about their normal lives -- they're not great beauties or handsome young rakes. Often the two main characters dislike each other or just plain don't notice or care about each other at first. And she does a good bit of historical research about the times and places she sets her stories.

I was a bit disappointed with this one. It's obvious she did a LOT of research on the time (1916), the place (
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Deana
Apr 28, 2011 Deana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want a fast read. Mainahs!
Recommended to Deana by: Elizabeth
Shelves: maine, read-owned, 2011
I saw that someone I follow added this to her bookswap. Recognizing Camden as a town in Maine, I checked first to be sure it -was- in fact referring to that town, and once I was sure of it I requested the book. I did enjoy the Maine-specific parts of the book, it was kind of cute to read a book with a setting so familiar to my life. It was clear that the author did some research and knew the area. I must admit, though, I was surprised that more people didn't seem to remember Roberta from when sh ...more
Caca Venthine
Long time no see Goodreads :D Setelah saya bertapa di kaki pegunungan sekarang saya muncul lagi.

Lagi dan lagi dan tentu aja di bikin terharu sama cerita si oma yang 1 ini. Ngenes, sedih, jadi 1 semua. Bikin bacanya juga agak miris banget.

Tentang Roberta janda beranak 3 yang dikucillkan oleh orang2 di kampungnya dan keluarganya sendiri. Hingga dia bertemu dengan Gab, yang adalah seorang duda juga.

Manis dan masing2 tokoh berkarkter kuat. Suka dengan cerita ini walau memang bisa dibilang agak ngene
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Erin Burns
I remember reading this first on one of those rare breaks during college where I could not stand to write another paper but felt like I had too much to do and couldn't go home. So, I found myself on the second floor of the library where the scanty fiction section was. I wasn't expecting much because this wasn't an author that had ever interested me, but I was instantly captivated and re-read this book several times over the next several years, naturally I was pleased to find a copy of this on Op ...more
Marleen
***3,75*** - Another truly enjoyable historical tale by talented Mrs Spencer.
This one is set in a beautiful coastal town in Maine, in 1916, and we meet spunky Roberta Jewett, a strong 36-year woman, rather plain, mother of three most endearing daughters, returning from Boston to her hometown after having divorced her cheating and deceiving husband. Roberta is a most wonderful character; she's quite independent (considering it's 1916)and she's so generous with her love for her daughters. Roberta
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Fayley
Usually when I read romance I tolerate and excuse unlikely and unrealistic characters, situations, conversations, personalities and reactions because the predictable happy ending makes me feel good. I didn't have to do that here, it was so honest. I loved it.
Elizabeth Kissner
This was the first book I ever reread and over the years have read it probably twenty times. This is the only book of Ms. Spencer's I have ever read, so I cannot compare it to her others. I just know that I love the simplicity of the tale, the ferocity with which Roberta loves her daughters and life, and the creative spirit with which she approaches everything. I find the main characters to be inspiring and entertaining, without being snobbish or outlandish. For me, this book brings a comfort an ...more
Lizzy
"O afeto é um alimento singular. Abre as bocas quase com a mesma facilidade com que abre os corações" (tradução livre)
Este é um daqueles raros livros que declamam um hino e louvor aos direitos femininos, especialmente em se tratando da época, 1916. A heroína Roberta Jewett é uma mulher totalmente à frente do seu tempo. Ela escandalizou o pequeno povoado de Camden ao retornar divorciada, com três filhas e um diploma de enfermeira. Aos dezoito anos ela saiu de casa contra a vontade de sua mãe e fo
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Sarah
Another winner from Spencer! I saw this book at a local library used book sale and snatched it up, given the great experience I had with Morning Glory. I was not disappointed!

First off, I adore Roberta! I find her fantastically independent, caring, and vulnerable when she needs to, as well as un-domestic, just like me. There were times where the claims to independence were a bit much with multiple stressing of the point, but I can forgive that with how much I love her character. I also loved Gab
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Sara Pauff
Another good Spencer novel. The writing isn't as subtle as some of her other books, but once again the main characters absolutely shine. I loved Roberta Jewett. She's the kind of parent I would like to be if I ever had kids: fiercely independent, imaginative, a bit messy and not at all enthralled by housework, but she never lets her daughters forget they are loved -- kind of like a 1916 version of Lorelai Gilmore. And Gabriel is sort of like the 1916 version of Luke Danes -- a gruff carpenter/ha ...more
Dawn
This was OK. It wasn't as good as some of hers that I love, such as Then Came Heaven or Small Town Girl, but not bad either, I really love the time period that the book is set in, I just simply couldn't connect with Roberta or Gabriel. Other characters I really disliked and some were just entirely bland. A quick read that ends well.
Delisa sahim
nemu di swap :)

setelah membaca novel ini saya jadi berfikir kasih sayang dan cara memperlakukan anak dimasa mendaang.
bagaimana cara roberta mengasuh anak-anaknya walaupun dia sudah bercerai dan ditolak oleh keluarganya.

novel ini recommend banget unntuk mengetahui caranya menyayangi anak.
Kate Lawrence
Summer is here, and time to read something light and undemanding, although "light" in this case doesn't exclude some serious subject matter. The main theme here is sexism that goes beyond annoying to life-damaging for the heroine, a spunky divorcee and single mom in the early 20th century. This isn't only about women, though; we get an in-depth look at a male character too, as we progress to a satisfying ending.
Before her retirement in the late 90s, several of Spencer's novels made the New York
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Carolyn F.
Okay, this one - hmmm. First of all the narrator is David Dukes who is great on TV, but makes the men sound like the guys from the Smuckers or Long John Silvers commercials. Yes, I get that this takes place in Maine, but it was such a caricature of the men. Now the women with slight differences were all intoned as stick up the butts matriarchs with Maine accents. This is just how they came across in the narration. I've seen David Dukes acting on TV and he's never been this awful, maybe it's just ...more
Cat
A good story about a strong woman who returns to her home town with her young daughters after being divorced. Since it is set in the early 1900's, a divorced woman is looked upon as being rather loose, and it's no different in this book. But Mrs. Jewitt is strong willed and very much a survivor. Her household is in contant chaos with her children and all the other children they bring home to play with. She has a rather unorthodox way of parenting. There is always action in this household; singin ...more
Uthie
Gabriel, duda teman kakak iparnya, yang Roberta sewa untuk membantu memperbaiki rumahnya, benar-benar merasa tak nyaman berdekatan dengan Roberta. Apalagi kalau bukan Roberta sosok kontroversial di kota kecil mereka. Berani bercerai dari suaminya, memilih bekerja sebagai perawat keliling, membesarkan anak seorang diri, dan bahkan berani mengendarai mobil yang notabene hanya dikendarai oleh kaum pria. Mana ada wanita terhormat melakukan semua perbuatan tercela itu.

Sekian waktu berlalu, Gabriel ak
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Cindy
Buku pertama di tahun ini... Dan sangat memuaskan...
Kemana saja kau selama ini.. Kenapa numpuk di book shelf gak kebaca baca sampai nguning. Harusnya saya bakal tahu kalo Lavyrle Spencer bakal menghibur saya dengan tangisan sendu di awal tahun. Sial banget buku ini keren mampus. (red : saya masokis,you know lah ceritanya pasti gimana)

Ceritanya masih semi HR gitu sih (awalan 20th century) soal janda yang cerai dengan suaminya lalu pulang kampung sama 3 anaknya. Dia maunya pulang itu minta perlin
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Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
After divorcing her philandering husband, Roberta Jewett moves back to her hometown of Camden, Maine with her three daughters. Divorce is unheard of at the time and divorcee's are looked down upon. As is typical with small-town society, Roberta is judged and criticized because she's spirited and not afraid of hard work or supporting herself and her daughters.

Her mother is angry and bitter. Her sister is deluded into thinking her own marriage is idyllic, even as her husband attempts to seduce Ro
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Becky
Roberta Jewitt is going back home to Camden, Maine in the year 1916 after divorcing her philandering husband. Women that were divorced back then were labeled and out-casted. Roberta is a very independent woman who is now raising her three children. Some men in the town think she is easy prey, but she shows them otherwise. Gabe Farley lost the love of his life when his wife died years ago. He keeps all of her things like a shrine to her. Two totally different individuals, in the way they think, l ...more
Christine
An easy to read book that sometimes dragged a bit. I liked the characters and the way they developed. I still find it hard to believe how ostrasized a divorced woman was back in the early 1900's. Now adays divorce is everywhere and we don't think it's the womans foult (it was the man! haha jk)
I loved the spunk of the main character, how she managed a raggedy house, 3 kids and even her own motorcar!
I was surprised how quickly she fell into marriage again, but then she was miserable her entire
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Linda
I'd like to give this a 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the setting of a divorced woman in 1916 who is raising three wonderful girls and supporting herself. I enjoyed the relationship that the townspeople had with her and seeing the assumptions they made now that she was divorced. Interesting and revealing. It reminds me how far we have really come. The story had some twists and turns, but the writing could have been a bit more. Good overall though.
Stacie
Period fiction - early 20th cent. coastal Maine. A woman with spirited daughters leaves the city and a cheating, drunk husband behind to make a go of it as a nurse back in her own home town. Mrs. Jewett and her daughters are not welcomed with open arms by anyone, as a divorced woman was thought to be only one thing - a home wrecker, even by her own mother.

Women who have been the outsider in a busy-body, nothing-better-to-do-than-complain-about-the-neighbors kind of place will relate to the main
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Tricia
I was surprised that I really enjoyed this book, it was a slow start, but I soon found myself not able to put it down.
That sister and brother in law were a piece of work, and I was so happy that Gabriel stood up for Roberta the way that he did.
Lisa
I have forgotten how I used to LOVE LaVyrle Spencer! I am not so much into "love" stories (romance novels) anymore..but it's nice to go back and read occasionally! I loved the era in which LaVyrle wrote about and the woman (Birdy) well before her time!
Birdy is a woman in the 40's, divorced with a nursing job and three girls to support. In a time that women stayed home and cooked for their husbands and raised families...Birdy lived her life on her terms. She raised her girls with imagination and
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Judy
Charming historical romance about a strong woman who has to re-start her life after leaving her husband. New England setting is well-depicted and the characters are engaging. Nice vacation read.
Jennifer Gelert
The story is of a woman in the early 1900's who defied society and got a divorce from a husband who cheated, left all the time and was not interested in her or their 3 daughters. She returns home to Camden where she is hoping to raise her 3 daughters around her family. She has a job as a traveling nurse and is the first women to ever get a motor car! All no no's during that time. But the love for her girls and her desire to give them the best love, affection and enjoyment of music, plays, etc is ...more
Jessica
What a well written book and well executed plotline! I absolutely loved Roberta and her independent nature and how she carried herself. Spencer has the skill of character development and leads the reader to really engage with the lives of these characters. I have to admit I thought it was going to be a sappy romance novel but I'm glad I was wrong. This was a novel that mirrored the struggles women faced in the early 1900s. Roberta broke all of the rules by getting a divorce, an education, buying ...more
Amber Jones
A story of a divorced mother of 3 girls who moves back to her hometown during the 1940's.

She is a trendsetter rather then a follower with her divorce, driving a vehicle, and her job.

She is gossiped about by the women in town, especially after she is raped by her brother-in-law; however, because of her inner strenth and I don't take any BS attitude she overcomes the obstacles in her way and finds love and happiness.

A very easy and quick read. Took me 3 nights (weekday). The story ended well and t
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Stephanie
Imagination is a priceless gift.

When you have imagination, you're never alone.

There's nothing like a Ford.

As unto the bow the cord is,
So unto the man is woman;
Though she bends him, she obeys him,
Though she draws him, yet she follows;
Useless each without the other.
Hiawatha

Affection is a curious commodity. It opens mouths almost as easily as it opens hearts.

Teach children enough to get them by so they can fend themselves when necessary, but give them their freedom. When they're children, let me
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Terri
I wasn't sure I would like this book when I picked it up, but after I started reading I found it hard to put it down. Very good read and restores your hope in happily ever-after.
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