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Summer at the Lake (Family Saga #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  421 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
For childhood friends Leo Kelly, Jane Devlin, and newly ordained "Packy" Keenan, the summers they spent at the lake together were times of pure magic. And no summer was more enchanting than the summer of 1948 - until a tragic car wreck killed two of their friends. The rich and prominent "Old House" families of Chicago banded together to protect their own - the driver, who ...more
Hardcover, 412 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Forge (first published 1997)
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☮Karen
I'm a big Greeley fan and this did not disappoint. I just thought the format was unusual in that it not only told parts of the story from 3 different character's points of view, but it also went back and forth between the 1940's and 1970's. Ended up that many things were repeated several times. I kept thinking, well we already know he loves her very much and he thinks she is the most beautiful woman in the world, but how many times is he going to tell us? The plot was riveting for the most part. ...more
Cathy
Feb 24, 2011 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great premise about 3 friends trying to make sense of the events that took place in their youth. They all have regrets about the choices they made and believe that their interpretation of the events influenced them to make those choices. The main character decides to look more closely at the events and find the truths behind them. This could have been a great story. Greeley bounces around in time and from character to character. The story is not tied together very well. It was not enjoyable to r ...more
Holyn
Apr 27, 2009 Holyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greeley writes a steamy novel filled with mystery, romance, and enough church politics to keep all 400-ish pages interesting. This book follows three friends across three decades as they remember their childhoods, event that drove them apart, and then those that bring them back together - only to find that they must solve a crime in order to live the remainder of their lives with joy and in peace. I was hooked from page one. As always with Greeley, I am amazed that a Catholic priest can write bo ...more
Diane
Jun 23, 2012 Diane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed with this book. I had trouble going back and forth through the decades with the different main characters and that's not usually a problem. The storyline was just OK.
Claire
Jul 01, 2010 Claire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have decided not to finish this book. I have read almost half, and just can't get into it! So, clearly, I would not recommend this book.
Janice
Feb 11, 2015 Janice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This summer escape was a dud. After giving it seventy pages it has yet to grasp my interest.
Joanne Kelly
Not my cup of tea. Maybe you need to be an Irish Catholic to appreciate Greeley's style. I did finish it -- mostly because I bought a stack of books with "Lake" in the title for my daughter who is living at "the lake house" right now. And I wanted to read them all before I gave them to her so we can discuss them. But it was work.
Irene
May 22, 2014 Irene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Would recommend
Brenda Stec
It was good, however more of a romance novel than I would prefer. I did enjoy the murder-historical plot that took place over a few decades.
Jane
Mar 28, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For childhood friends Leo Kelly, Jane Devlin, and newly ordained "Packy" Keenan, the summers they spent at the lake together were times of pure magic. And no summer was more enchanting than the summer of 1948 - until a tragic car wreck killed two of their friends.

The rich and prominent "Old House" families of Chicago banded together to protect thei
Mo
Jul 10, 2008 Mo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this novel by Andrew Greeley. Story about friends that grew up near each other at a lake and a auto accident that changed their lives.
Chayrl
Jun 15, 2012 Chayrl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet story of young love lost, but never forgotten. It has just the right amount of mystery added to it, truly enjoyed this book.
Annie Myers
I actually read this book once before... but I forgot. I think I liked it better the first time around.
Diane
Apr 17, 2013 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a small bit, but I especially liked the part with the priest in Vatican City for Vatican II.
Maria
May 09, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had not read his work. Enjoyable,hard to put down .good summer read
Arlene
Told from the point of view of a young priest and his friends.
Rose
This was one of his best ones, liked it.
Mary
Jun 04, 2011 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
entertaining summer read with insight
Carolyn
Eh, didn't love this book.
Linda Watkins
Sep 03, 2013 Linda Watkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Andrew Greeley!
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Andrew Greeley was a Roman Catholic priest, sociologist, journalist, and author of 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of nonfiction. For decades, Greeley entertained readers with such popular characters as the mystery-solving priest Blackie Ryan and the fey, amateur sleuth Nuala Anne McGrail. His books typically center on Irish-American Roman Catholics living or working in Chicago.

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