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Summer's Child

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Early on the morning of her eleventh birthday, on the beach beside her North Carolina home, Daria Cato receives an unbelievable gift from the sea—an abandoned newborn baby. When the infant's identity cannot be uncovered, she is adopted by Daria's loving family. But her silent secrets continue to haunt Daria.

Now, twenty years later, Shelly has grown into an unusua...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Mira (first published 1999)
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Cheryl Pashlin
With all due respect....what a bunch of crap. I am giving this book 3 stars as it was light and easy to read and it was not that I didn't enjoy it but what a bunch of nonsense. Everything just worked out so perfectly and the names of those beach houses drove me to the point of craziness!!I enjoyed her last book, Cee Cee Wilkes, but that one deserved a Pulitzer compared to this!! Don't let my review deter you. It is readable especially after reading a heavy duty Lionel Shriver before it. What get...more
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When she was 11, Daria found a newborn baby girl lying on the beach and saved her life. Despite efforts by law enforcement to identify the mother (with suspicions cast on every teenage girl in their small cul-de-sac), the mother was never found and Daria's family subsequently adopted the baby, who they named Shelly. Later as an adult, Shelly became curious about her roots and asked an old family friend, Rory, to try to find out who her mother was.

The book was light and fluffy. Even though there...more
Rhonda Rae Baker
This was a beautiful story of love and hope with many secrets and past events unfolding. I was attracted to the novel because of the premise of a child that was found...but what I found were so many different angles that related to my own story. Obviously, when a reader identifies with the characters there can be some interesting things happen. What surprised me was the fact that this novel helped me deal with some losses that I had and for even the curious question as to why my birth mother wou...more
For the most part, this was an enjoyable read. The story centers on discovering a girl's parentage after she was abandoned as a baby and the lives of her adopted sisters. While the cover of the book proclaims Chamberlain as a "Southern Jodi Picoult", I am not certain I would agree wholeheartedly. I did, however, very much appreciate the idea that Shelly, the grown-up abandoned baby, expresses throughout the novel: that as an adopted child, it wasn't that she felt her adopted family was bad or la...more
Cheryl M-M
Chamberlain has a really interesting way of lacing her stories with a subtle layer of moral issues. She creates intricate and often dysfunctional family structures, as families often are, and then throws a thinly veiled blanket of questions over the top.
There are plenty of preconceived notions about women, sexuality and motherhood in this story. Including a lot of stereotypical answers, views and opinions on the those topics. Often quite negative, which I think the author has done on purpose to...more
I have a huge soft spot for Diane Chamberlain’s books and I have to say that this is my favourite read of hers so far. I love books that are family orientated with a dash of mystery and romance and I especially like how the author combines all of these factors to produce something that is so enjoyable to read, yet all feels so natural – the romance element never feels as if it is “tacked onto” the main part of the story.

Twenty two years ago, eleven year old Daria found a baby on the beach, Shell...more
I couldn't put this book down and read it in a day. I liked it instantly and enjoyed the characters. Everytime I thought I had the "who done it" figured out, the book twisted on me again. I definitely did not predict the ending at all which was great because I hate when books are predictable. This is my 2nd book by this author, but I definitely preferred this book to the other.
Valerie Jaafari
During their teenage hood , Daria , her sister Chloé , her cousin , and the neighbors Rory , Linda , Cindy and others used to spend their summer holidays in Kill Devil Hills near the seaside.
One day, after a huge storm Daria,11 years old, found a newborn on the sea side on the morning. She brought her back home . Her parents took great care of her and adopted her as Shelly .
Twenty two years letter, Shelly, Daria and Chloé are still living at shanky house. Shelly who is suffering from seizures i...more
Wow. I don't know if I love or hate Diane Chamberlain for writing such a book. I thought I had if figured out, but then, there's a twist! And then another! And another!! I cried when I finished. I loved the Cato family (except maybe Ellen and Chloe) Daria and Shelly are wonderful characters. Daria is amazingly complex, I loved the way she was struggling with so many personal issues, but gave her sisters her everything. She is not selfish one bit. Unlike her sister Sister Chloe (see what I did th...more
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Finding Diane Chamberlain Books I haven’t read yet and thought they were under cover of titles I already read: Priceless

Pure excitement to realize that “Summer’s Child” was not one of her books I’d already read by another title (Actually I discovered 3 more when I was looking over a list and comparing titles and summaries...I still have Fire and Rain to read, Brass Ring and The Lies We Told....hopefully these will keep me satisfied until her new boo...more
I just realized after I finished this book that I've read one of Diane Chamberlain's books earlier this Summer. I liked it a lot too. Looks like I have a new author. I like that her books are set on the Outer Banks in North Carolina because I vacationed there for two weeks a few years back and loved the place. It's always nice to read books that are set in places that I'm familiar with.

This book is about a newborn baby found on a beach by an 11 year old girl one Summer 22 years ago. The story qu...more
At the age of 11, Daria Cato found an abandoned newborn on the beach in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. Summer's Child picks up twenty years later, after the death of Daria's parents. Daria has essentially taken on responsibility for Shelly, who is now a mature (though slightly handicapped) young woman. In an effort to discover who her real parents are, Shelly contacts Rory Taylor, a former neighbor who now hosts TV's True Life Stories. Rory is more than happy to help - he was one of the teenagers hangin...more
This was not one of my favorite books by Diane Chamberlain. This story seemed to fall a little flat in the character development - and the characters took actions that were not even in the realm with their characters. I also thought the ending was stretching the realms of believability - which is unusual with her stories.

As to the story itself, the main character, Daria, found an abandoned newborn baby on the beach by their summer house. Her family adopted the baby, and 22 years later, the baby...more
This is a perfect beach or holiday read. It was published back in 2000 but had a re-release in 2010. I found it on the Amazon Kindle charts for less than a pound, so that's why I got it.

On the morning of her 11th birthday, Daria Cato finds a newborn baby on the beach. She takes her home and with a little help, her parents adopt the baby and call her Shelly. 22 years later, Shelly writes a letter to Rory Taylor, who used to live near the Catos but is now a successful TV host. He specialises in T...more
Eleven year old Daria found a newborn abandoned on the shore of her North Carolina home. When police questioned the neighbors, many of them teens, no answers were found as to who the baby belonged to and how it came to be on the beach. With the help of the local priest, Daria's parents adopted the baby, increasing their children from two to three daughters. When the girls' mother passed, Daria was the logical person to take on the responsibility of raising Shelly even though she was only 19.

Where, what when how do i even start this review?I am still reeling from the shocks in this book, boy did they keep coming, just when you think you have worked it out, Bam! no. I literally sat and repeated WHAT?! out loud, several time causing concern to realise i was only reading.

Diane Chamberlain is by far my favourite author and this confirmed that, having not read the last book she wrote due to not suiting me, i had high hopes for this and i was right too.

We meet Daria, who as a child discov...more
Another excellent read from Diane Chamberlain. She never disappoints and is never predictable. The descpriptions of the Outer Banks are vivid and beautiful, I can't wait to visit one day. Loved all the characters and the story had plenty of twists and turns to keep me reading late into the night. Highly recommend.
The story begins with a baby left defensively on the beach until little Dari Cato discovers her and changes her family’s lives forever. Years later, the mystery of where the ‘Foundling’ came from is still a buzz in the small town as lies, bonds and ethics were broke and continue to be hidden to keep the mystery a secret.

Now in her 30's, Dari has become Shelly's caretaker. She's a lovable addition to the family but her mysterious birth and being left to the elements without hospital care has cau...more
Another lovely book from Diane Chamberlain.
Loved the story, loved the characters, I thought I'd worked out who Shelly's mother was about ½way through the book, but how wrong was I? As ever, a brilliant book with a brilliant twist!
Louisa Black
I just don't know what I would do without Diane Chamberlain's novels!
This is just wonderful.
A baby girl is abandoned on a beach and discovered by an eleven year old girl. Her family then adopt the baby girl and we fast forward twenty years to the present day. The baby girl is now a woman who wants to find her birth parents and contacts a 'real life stories presenter' to help her.
The characters are instantly like-able and you care about each one as slowly but surely the perfect front they all put...more
Megan Readinginthesunshine
I am a long fan of Diane Chamberlain and her novels – there is always something about them that pulls me in and her stories are so lifelike! I get excited every time I read one, so I was thrilled to start Summer’s child.

When Daria Cato was 11 years old she found an abandoned baby, and the Cato family adopt the baby, Shelly, and bring her up. But twenty years later, Rory Taylor, an old friend of Daria’s, returns to the town and it appears that he will stop at nothing to uncover the truth about Sh...more
Marguerite Kaye
This was what I thought it would be - a good pacey read with lots of plot, a bit of romance and some human drama. I enjoyed it, I liked the way you got a few different points of view, and I liked the setting so much I'd love to visit. So it did exactly what it said on the tin, basically. My only complaint is the way the ending was handled. I didn't appreciate the very sudden cut from the drama to an epilogue tying up all the loose ends, felt really cheated. But other than that. a good beach stor...more
Another really good beach read--love, family , romance mystery I had a hard time putting this down.
Danielle Murphy
Could not put this book down. I was captured from the beginning!
I decided to start reading this book, because the basic premise looked interesting.

Early one morning a young girl goes for a walk on the beach. She discovers a newborn underneath a large shell, with the placenta still attached. She brings the baby home and the baby is adopted by her family.

Then the book skips to the present day, where the newborn has grown up into a young woman, named Shelly. Shelly has mild brain damage and seizures, and is somewhat childlike, innocent, and naïve. Her sisters...more
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Ten-year-old Daria, was walking along the beach beside her North Carolina home in the town of Kill Devil's Hill, on the morning of her eleventh birthday. She was busy marvelling at all the crab shells when she thought she saw the biggest crab shell ever. Gingerly, she flipped it over with her bare foot and realized it was a baby covered in blood with the placenta still attached!! She screamed, ran, stopped, ran some more, then realized she had to go back to see if the baby was alive. It was! She...more
Pam Camel
At 11 years old Daria finds a baby on the beach. Near death she brings the newborn home where her family adopts the child. Police never found the mother and the community always had their suspicion that it was the loose girl who lived on the beach. Some even thought it was a tourist.
21 years later the boy across the street return to follow the story and answer questions on who left the baby on the beach for a show he now hosts. While her adoptive family does not want him to dig into it Shelly t...more
Brenda Whitner
This was a good bood with a lot of twists and turns to the plot. It was about a baby (Shelly) who was found on the beach by Daria and she wanted to know who her mother was. Daria took the baby home when she found her and her family adopted her. Daria was Shelly's caretaker because Shelly had some special needs and worried if Shelly found out who her mother really was that she would be hurt. Rory was contacted by Shelly for his TV show True Life Stories to find her real mother. Daria hid the secr...more
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I'm the author of 23 novels published in more than twenty languages. I like to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Although the thematic focus of my books often revolves around family, love, compassion and forgiveness, my stories usually feature a combination of suspense, mystery and intrigue.

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