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Summer Secrets

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  3,479 Ratings  ·  240 Reviews
#1 New York Times Bestselling author Barbara Freethy presents a powerful contemporary novel -- the story of three unique sisters ... the secrets that bind them for life ... and the summer that will set them free.

Eight years ago, the three McKenna sisters -- Kate, Ashley, and Caroline -- had their fifteen minutes of fame. Driven by their ambitious father, they won an aroun
Kindle Edition, 385 pages
Published by Fog City Publishing, LLC (first published February 2003)
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Jul 03, 2011 Glenda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I purchased Barbara Freethy's "Summer Secrets" in the middle of an insomniac night. I was checking my email on my phone and selected "Summer Secrets" by accident. That's the only reason I read this contemporary romance.

"Summer Secrets" tells the story of three sisters who eight years earlier won a yacht race around the world. Now a mysterious reporter has come calling and gives the sister the ruse of writing a follow-up about their victory. His real reason for snooping into the sister's lives co
Apr 24, 2011 Mrs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the book was to long
to drawn out
nice story,but little more than half way thru
i wanted to end done
Kristina Simon
Feb 09, 2017 Kristina Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: src-winter-2016
Great story!
May 22, 2012 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I checked out the digital version of this book for free from my local public library and was looking forward to a light read. While the mystery portion of the plot was fairly good, the rest of this book was unbearable. I literally found myself skipping through pages because I just wanted to know how the mystery ended and to finish the book. Although I don't like sappy love stories to begin with, the romance portion of this book was offensive and portrayed women as spineless jellyfish. The sister ...more
Lori Loves Reading
Another 99 cent Kindle book. The plot was intriguing and the suspense over what really happened during the sailboat race kept me reading. I was really enjoying this book--until the end. When all was revealed, I couldn't believe the loyalty demonstrated by the sisters towards their father. For what really happened, it was too contrived and I was actualy a bit mad and their unfledgling support of the man through the years. To say I was disappointed in the ending would be an understatement, but as ...more
Jun 28, 2011 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Felt that the story was a good one but the characters were kind of weak. The romance between Kate and Tyler is the stuff of movies...aka never happens. I don't mind that if the story carries the day, but a combo of weak characters, okay dialogue and a good story weren't enough to pull this story off. The big "secret" isn't revealed until the very end which is somewhat frustrating. Overall not a horrible read, but I wouldn't go looking for another of this author's books.
Sep 21, 2010 Jeri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three sisters with a -big- secret, and the mysterious man who comes to town determined to discover all. This kept my interest, and was mildly enjoyable, but I was irritated by the coy manner of story telling -- too many references to the big secret, such as "she sighed, remembered all that they had experienced that summer" and so on ...)
Aug 05, 2015 Phyllis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Summer garbage, and not particularly good garbage, either
May 31, 2011 Pam rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
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Jun 29, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
This was a 700+ page book...and I finished it within 6 days. I couldn't put it down at some points, and I really enjoyed it. Having said that, I ultimately gave it a 4 star rating, but at the end I considered a 3 star. I was not a big fan of exactly how the "secret" came out and thought it was rushed and was hoping for a different reaction from the two main characters. But overall, I did not feel like I was reading 700+ pages and it was a fast, good read.
Laura Ruetz
Sep 02, 2016 Laura Ruetz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be an excellent read. It really pulled my attention in with the plot and the pacing and the characters. My only issue, after being glued to the book, eagerly waiting to see what happened, is that the last few pages just wraps everything up in a neat little bow - it tells you it is all resolved, without actually narrating what happened and it felt like such a let down after such a well written and engaging book
Courtney Wallace
May 04, 2017 Courtney Wallace rated it did not like it
I read 1/4 of the book and had to stop. I just can't continue. Basically it's the same old thing over and over. Kate refuses to talk to Tyler. Then she gets lost in his dark blue eyes. Then she talks. But then she resolves not to talk to him. Over and over.

If I met a man like Tyler in real life, I would consider threatening him with harassment charges. But no..Kate just lets him in her house. Ya know, because of his dark blue eyes and her hormones. Sheesh
Ann Boytim
May 27, 2017 Ann Boytim rated it liked it
The story of three sisters and their father who eight years ago won a prize for boat racing but ended up losing their boat to a rival. Now the father wants to try and win the boat back but because of what happened when they were sailing none of the girls want to sail again, the father is now a drunk and the oldest daughter Kate has had enough but things from the past are rising up and secrets will be no more.
Jun 16, 2017 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Barbara Freethy writes wonderful Romantic Suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed entering the world of sailing and ocean racing. Character building was great in this story – so many layers to all of the characters. More than one secret kept the waters muddy, and the ripples from one little lie were far reaching. This is a 5 star read. What are you waiting for?!?!?!
Tricia Agrinsoni
This is different from books I typically read, and first with this author, Barbara Freethy. I loved the action, adventure, mystery, with romance all thrown together. I read the book in 2 days, because I could not put it down. I am looking forward to reading more novels by Barbara Freethy, especially with summer time getting ready to start!
May 13, 2017 Isabelle rated it really liked it
The sailing aspect of the plot helps this book stand out from the other summer romance with side of shady past novels. Funny that (view spoiler). I identified most with Kate, but I loved Ashley best.
Sep 22, 2016 Connie rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It was very involved with several characters but it was a story about protecting family at all costs. I think maybe the book could have been just a bit longer to do just a bit more character development but I loved the story, loved the way that letting go of the secrets healed the family and bridged the relationships. It was one I didn't want to put down and found myself reading for longer than my allotted time. Very good read with believable story line and characters.
Jeanette Thomas
Feb 21, 2017 Jeanette Thomas rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly Enjoyable

This book had me wondering for a long time what the mystery was there was so many twists and turns, I do not want to give away the plot. I will say it was a brilliant read and I will be looking for more books by this author, do give her a try its not just a plain simple romance book, it has a really good plot that keeps you hooked.
Kim Pritt
Jun 02, 2015 Kim Pritt rated it liked it
I liked this is rare that a book grabs me right from the beginning and this one did. It is the first I've read of Barbara Freethy and I liked her writing. She very quickly built the mystery of the story and had me hooked. The story was interesting and the writing provided perfect visuals in my head as I read about the quaint harbor town, the water, the sail boats, and the characters. It is a story of how secrets and lies can destroy people, relationships, and families and that the trut ...more
Gerianne Whitney
Oct 11, 2012 Gerianne Whitney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book, but thought that it started a bit slow. I didn't feel pulled into the book until I was over half way through it. I enjoyed the last part and felt an urgency to finish the book. I'd recommend the book as a comfortable, lazy, summer, beach read. I don't think I need to read more from Barbara Freethy, though.

Our book club read it and discussed it last week. It was quite a lively discussion, as several disliked it very much, while quite a few really liked it. I was in the middle gr
May 31, 2012 Elle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the Pacific Northwest, on a large island off the coast of Washington state, lived the McKenna family. Three daughters,
Kate, Ashley and Caroline. Eight years earlier they had sailed with their father, Duncan McKenna, in the Winston Around-The-World-Challenge and won the race. Now, eight years later, each girl was still struggling with the secrets that took place during the race. They were unhealthily hiding secrets that were tearing each of them apart inside. A reporter by the name of Tyler J
Jan 18, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, romance, 2011, 2012
This is a beautiful contemporary romance about three sisters and the summer that changed everything. We learn about Kate, Ashley and Caroline McKenna and their secrets, their pain, and the sailing race that they raced, eight years ago, and how it changed everything. When Tyler Jamison arrives in their island, their world is upside-down, when they meet this reporter. For the three of them, they suffered heartache and tragedy, concealed their secrets and covered their tracks. But for Kate, we disc ...more
Laura Beasley
Aug 02, 2016 Laura Beasley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good book and good summer read. I expected a typical lovdxstory but there was love and do much more. Lies, secrets, family, and love. The book is full of emotion. Kate, Ashley and Catolind shard s family secret as well as individual secrets. Eight years ago they won a sailing race with their father but what are they hiding? A reporter, Tyler to do a story on the family but that is not the real reason he is there. He meets and is attracted to Kate. Sean, Ashley's old loved comes back to tu ...more
Glen Stott
Jul 04, 2013 Glen Stott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book revolves around a secret that happened during a sailboat race. Something happened that changed the lives of a father and his three daughters during the race, which they ultimately won. After the race, they gave up racing and the three girls' lives were impacted in different, but negative ways. Eight years later a reporter shows up in town digging into the details of the race. It turns out that the secret is tied to a string of secretes in the family that stretches back several years be ...more
Jul 10, 2012 Martha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun book to read because it's engaging, predictible and has some great descriptions of sail boat racing in strong winds. Could have had more of the sail boating but enough to keep me engaged and not so much to turn off those who don't enjoy sailing. This is the story of three sisters who, with their father, emerge triumphant in a round the world sailboat race usually won by professionals and big crews. Eight years later, the're all in their little costal town keeping their secrets when ...more
Diana Hockley
Feb 03, 2013 Diana Hockley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This novel was a very pleasant surprise. I am not "into" sailing and know nothing about it, but Ms Freethy created a splendid and exciting plot based around the sport.

The suspense is well maintained. The author allows hints and details to slowly seep out, drawing the reader deeper into the story. I didn't guess what happened the night of the big storm - and I am pretty good at working out who or what the secret is - so I was delighted to read a book which kept me in the dark. The characters were
Amy's Book Reviews
Eight years ago, the McKenna sisters won a sailing race and almost lost their lives. Twenty-four year old Caroline drinks too much, twenty-six year old Ashley suffers from anxiety, and twenty-eight year old Kate tries to micromanage everyone, including their drunken father. Then reporter Tyler comes to town asking questions about the race, but he has a secret and perhaps sinister agenda. Determined to get the truth, he pursues Kate and sparks fly. She doesn't trust him one bit, but she's falling ...more
Jul 18, 2013 Loretta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I picked this up I was intrigued about a sea mystery. I kept expecting a horrible pirate attack that left all three girls debauched and enslaved but was pleasantly surprised that this was not the case. Sadly, when it began I groaned, because I honestly am not interested in the ins and outs of sailing... but then the story began and the mystery was shrouded in... well, mystery! HA! An inspirational story of conquering fears, truths long buried coming to light, and that accidents are accident ...more
Oct 04, 2011 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of suspense in this book. The setting is in a Seattle area island community and the theme is around sailing. I've never even been on a sail boat so lots of uncharted territory for me. The main characters are three sisters and their dad all of whom won a race sailing around the world. Something major happened during the race that only the four of them know about, but there's a reporter who has questions eight years after the victory and he arrives in the community and starts asking questions ...more
Jun 12, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 99 cent price tag is what lured me in. It is the story of three sisters, an alcoholic father, sailboat races and a secret or two. Set in the Pacific Northwest, the oldest sister is a bookstore owner, the middle sister is, well she is a mess, and the youngest is a photographer. A nosy (handsome) reporter comes to town to do a story on their past sailing adventures- or so he says. Slowly the layers are peeled back and secrets are revealed. So it is a little bit mystery and a little bit romance ...more
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Barbara's love of writing developed out of a love of reading. Growing up in an all-boy neighborhood, she spent quite a bit of time reading through her mother's large library, many of which were romantic novels. After graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara, she went into Public Relations, but soon discovered that writing was her true passion.

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