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Summer Island

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  24,326 Ratings  ·  1,155 Reviews
The author of the cherished bestseller On Mystic Lake returns with a poignant, funny, luminous novel about a mother and daughter--the complex ties that bind them, the past that separates them, and the healing that comes with forgiveness.

Years ago, Nora Bridge walked out on her marriage and left her daughters behind. She has since become a famous radio talk-show host and ne
Paperback, 392 pages
Published June 25th 2002 by Ballantine Books (first published 2001)
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Nora Bridge finds her orderly world turned upside down overnight. She's a famous syndicated radio talk show host, dispensing advice about family and relationship. What the public didn't know was how far away her life was from what she preached. When that was inevitably leaked, Nora returns to Summer Island where she has to come to terms with the world she walked away from a decade before.

I liked the story, even though it was fairly predictable. It tackled some strong themes, particularly the mo
Nov 30, 2016 Myrna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-ebook
Hannah always creates moving books and I love that her novels are set in the Northwest. Entertaining and satisfying, Summer Island is a compelling story about mothers and daughters. This novel like her others has an element of sadness and dissension but makes you enjoy the ending and root for the characters. I agree that parts are predictable, but it didn't lessen the enjoyment. I really like this author (I've read 11 of her books) and she does family drama very well.
Ashley Daviau
Mar 24, 2017 Ashley Daviau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting this book to be a lighthearted easy read but boy was I ever wrong! This book absolutely destroyed me and had me sobbing by the end. I related so strongly to the main character Ruby, I felt like I was reading about myself at times and I think that's why I reacted so strongly to her story. In fact, reading Ruby's story opened my eyes to my own destructive behaviour that mirrors hers and it really forced me to think about difficult issues that I normally avoid. It was startling how ...more
Apr 07, 2011 Renee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mandy Sue
Aug 12, 2008 Mandy Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 16, 2016 Obsidian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Summer Island' deals with a young woman Ruby who is estranged from her famous mother (Nora) and barely talks to her older sister and father who is long remarried with a new child. Readers are slowly walked through these two women's histories and we find out what Nora did to have her estranged from Ruby and partially estranged from her other daughter as well.

I liked the character of Ruby. She was feisty, but passionate. Also was totally in the wrong several times so I did feel for her. What was
Jun 22, 2012 Cathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 10, 2016 Xana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mãe-leu
A pontuação justa seria 4,5*.
Comecei esta leitura com muita expectativa. Às vezes funciona ao contrário mas, desta vez, não me desiludiu.
Uma escrita simples, uma história que pode acontecer em qualquer família, e eu senti-me "esmagada" de emoção no final.
Ruby é uma mulher tão ferida... Nora uma mulher tão forte...
Adorei Eric, senti um carinho por ele como se fosse da minha família.
Aconselho.. sem reservas!!
Cindee Bowen
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!
Amanda Kimball
Jun 27, 2012 Amanda Kimball rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carla Geraldes
Oct 16, 2016 Carla Geraldes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trocados
Mais um livro intenso, arrebatador e emocionante.
Sempre com temas actuais, que nos levam a ler o livro de uma assentada.
Sendo as primeiras paginas sempre mais "leves" para entrarmos na história, depressa damos conosco numa montanha russa de emoções.
Se depois do primeiro livro que li dela, fiquei fã, cada leitura nova dá-me vontade de ler mais e mais.
Jessica  Sinn (Books and Trouble)
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
Nov 08, 2010 Jennefer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Theresa Alan
Sep 25, 2016 Theresa Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed listening to this story, which is told from the alternating points of view of successful radio host Nora, a woman who preaches to the nation about the importance of family, among other things, and (ironically enough) her estranged daughter, the angry aspiring comedian, Ruby.

When pornographic pictures from Nora’s past emerge, proving that she had an affair while married, her image of being a family values icon are shattered, and her career is in tatters.
Ruby’s career has never gotten st
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
Jul 23, 2012 Angel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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.
Mar 12, 2008 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 23, 2017 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't my favorite Kristin Hannah book but I really enjoyed it! After two chapters I was instantly hooked and each time I picked this up to read it I had a hard time putting it down. I noticed some parallels between this and Firefly Lane but I think I only noticed it because I'm so obsessed with the latter. Overall, this was what I've come to expect from Kristin and I really enjoyed it :)
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
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
Jan 17, 2011 Jenni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Beth Bedee
May 30, 2016 Beth Bedee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why HS it been so long since my last Kristin Hannah book. I've not sure anybody captures female relationships like her. This was excellent.
Rebecca McNutt
Much better than I expected, a really intriguing portrait of a woman finally facing everything she left behind in the world.
Mar 05, 2017 Readsandeats rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book.
The story was good, looking at the relationships between a mother and her daughters and how things that have happend in the past affect us now.
I was reminded of Firefly Lane in some ways.

I was hooked in the first chapter and enjoyed the read. Would recommend 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.” 843 likes
“A daughter without her mother is a woman broken. It is a loss that turns to arthritis and settles deep into her bones. ” 501 likes
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