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Driftwood Summer

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  2,274 ratings  ·  186 reviews
Three sisters- responsible Riley, vivacious Maisy, and fun-loving Adalee-reunite to save the family's beach-community bookstore. But summer also marks the return of Mack Logan, whose choice of Maisy over Riley years ago destroyed the special closeness between the sisters...

Now Riley, a single mom, is hiding a shattering secret about their mother. Maisy, a California design

ebook, 384 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published January 1st 2009)
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Once again I sit here with eggs on my face. This book comes from a genre that I have publically loathed and snubbed. I am the fantasy/sci-fi chick who looks down at girls who spend their time reading 'stupid chick lit drivel’. I think I have good reason to dislike romance books. I think they put unfair and impossible standards on men to which they can never achieve and make ALL women feel inadequate. I mean, if your man won’t fly across the world and bust into your office during the year end mee ...more
Lindsey Lang
this was a truly beautiful book! i think i finished the entire second half today because i just couldn't bear to put it down. this book has it all; love, family, secrets, hurt, betrayal, and so much more, all wrapped around my favorite two things: books and the beach! a perfect summer read, if you can get your hands on this book it's a must read!!

If I could give a book 10 stars, I would give it to this one. Better review to come but overall, a wonderful great read!

*updated July 10*
In a word, I would call this book, refreshing. This was one of those books that had me laughing out loud, crying at certain moments, and at the end, I was sad it was over.

We start off with Riley, the oldest of the three sisters, who runs a bookstore with her mom and young son. "Mama" as all good southern kids call their mom, took a stumble down the stairs and
I went back and forth between 3 and 4 stars. I think it's a good vacation read. Funny how I've gravitated that way lately. No actual beach vacation for us this year so I'm reading books about people who live at the shore! I liked the author's writing. Having 6 sisters, I think Patti Callahan Henry did a great job portraying the Sheffield sisters' relationships with each other. It may have gotten a little dramatic and intense at times but that was believable as well. Another aspect of the novel t ...more
Tina Lovell
Jun 06, 2012 Tina Lovell rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women contemparay fiction fans
I just finished driftwood Summer! I highly reccomend it! it is written by Patti Callahan Henry, it explores the relationship between 3 sisters who need to keep the family bookstore up and running when their Mother is injured in a fall, the complicated realtionships and deep resentments between the sisters comes out and are brouht to light, I choose it because I love southern fiction. But anyone who enjoys contemparary fiction would enjoy this book !
Beach read--breezy, not substantial. The setting, which is, in fact, a beach town, is described beautifully. The character development is not as well done. Two sisters return home (where mom & a 3rd sister live & run a bookstore). The town is buzzing with the anniversary of the store/historic home, which is being marked with a week of celebratory events. One man returning is the guy two of the sisters were in love with the last time they saw him, back when they were in their late teens. ...more
Although this is not my favorite book by Patti Callahan Henry, it was still a good read. I wish I could have given it 3.5 stars, instead of 3, because of the plot's predictability. But on the other hand, it kept me interested, and I am glad I read it. I'm not sure if Southern Writers seem to have a "thing" about writing about sisters, but that is who Driftwood Summer is about--3 estranged sisters that get together one summer to honor the demands of their 70 year old mother.

Each sister in this fa
Driftwood Summer is the story of three sisters, all raised in small beach side town where people flock every summer to get away from their busy city lives. Although they were all raised there, the oldest, Riley, is the only one permanently living there, along with her son Brayden. The two live over the bookstore that Riley and her mother own. Maisy ran away from the sleepy little town twelve years ago, and the youngest sister, Adalee, has been busy at college.

But now it's the bookstore's 200th
Leann Luckett
Jun 02, 2010 Leann Luckett rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women that love Sothern Lit
Review: "Driftwood Summer" by Patti callahan Henry



An engaging novel of sisters, from the acclaimed author who “writes movingly about love and family and the voyage we all take to discover what we really value.”(The Island Packet)Three sisters— responsible Riley, vivacious Maisy, and fun-loving Adalee—reunite to save the family’s beach-community bookstore. But summer also marks the return of Mack Logan, whose choice of Maisy over Riley years ago destroyed the special closene
Sweet little story, nothing special. The ending wrapped everything up in a neat little bow. I made the following post about two chapters into the book, and my feelings remain the same after completing it:

So far, the dialogue in this book is kind of awkward and the story already seems a bit cliched and overly melodramatic. Writing style=only meh.

Reasons I have to read it anyway:
1) Cozy little beach town setting ftw. (I want to live in a beach town way too badly.)
2) I can pretend I own a book sto
I really wanted to like this more. I understand why this was recommended to me, I just wish it was better. In a sense, this is the perfect, superficial, fast beach read. But the story tries hard to have depth, and it is just a little too perfect/predictable/ending all tied up with a neat bow.
Ok, I would rate this three-and-a-half stars, but I think I consistently round down on here. I read Driftwood Summer today. The whole book. It moved extremely quickly, in part due to the simplicity of the characters, partially because of the predictability of the plot, and partly due to Patty Callahan Henry's smooth writing style. I definitely enjoyed the story, but I'm pretty sure it will blend into every other Lowcountry chick lit novel I've read, within a few weeks. The characters are mired i ...more
The Sheffield sisters are from a small seaside town called Palmetto Beach. During the summers, tourists would flock to the town. Riley is the oldest and every summer hangs with Mack Logan, a summer resident. She is in love with him and the summer she thinks something might happen, his attention shifts to Maisy, the middle sister. In a fit of jealousy, Riley gets Maisy in trouble and Mack Logan leaves and doesn't return the following summer. That causes a ripple effect on the all three Sheffield ...more
Kim Hollstein
Plot was cliched and predictable. Kept wanting to love this book because of the bookstore setting. But the formulaic love triangle made it too predictable and droll. Too bad, I was hoping I had found a new author. Sigh...nope.
This was a book I just couldn't put down because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. The characters were so beautifully created; they were very vivid and real to me. I found myself instantly drawn into the story, mostly for Riley. I enjoyed Maisey too, but I found her to still be very young and immature throughout most of the story. This was a wonderful book about connections, family, realtionships and letting go of the present so you can live in the future. However, the story also m ...more
I did not enjoy this book. It was an easy, quick, light read, which I think it what the author intended. But I thought the writing was so lazy that it became a distraction from the story. The dialogue was unnatural, and reminded me of pre-teen books I used to read growing up. In addition, some elements of the story just did not make sense - such as the large age gap between the mother and youngest daughter.

Because of the distraction of the writing, I never really felt attached to the characters.
What a fun chick lit choice for any gal who loves the little local bookstore & small town coastal setting. The sisters & mom are interesting but not fully explored. Sure it's predictable but it's sweet & fun as that light beach/pool read!
Driftwood Summer took a while to read. In fact, I meant to read it during the summer but ended up reading it this fall. Still, it was a good read that explored family relationships between three sisters who drifted apart after a misunderstanding. The two older sisters fall for the same guy way back in their teen years, with disasterous results for everyone. Their mother's medical emergency brings them all back home to the beach and to a wonderful bookstore run by mother and oldest sister. The st ...more
Candice Johnson
This was an excellent read, but it took me a long time to get into it. It's a very easy read, though.
What a nice break from the sometimes intense novels on our bookshelf! My mom lent this to me, and though a bit sappy at times, it is such a nice story. Broken family of women, gaterhing reluctantly at their seaside home, over-bearing mother facing tragic future, ghosts of old boyfriends and past lives. All come full-circle with a predictable ending but you really find yourself looking for the happy. Each of the sisters have unique personalities and Henry does a good job of making you feel like a ...more
Susan Shyne
A quick read. Pretty predictable. Everything gets wrapped up in a nice little happy ending.
Simply a beautiful story about family, life, regret, forgiveness and moving forward. I found myself laughing, crying, and cursing at all of these stubborn characters and their lives.
"She wondered if in every woman's life, there was a night she didn't talk about, a night that had changed everything."

I love the theme that this cottage, which had passed through many families, was a place where connections were made. Connections can never be undone. You can seperate yourself from it, but you will al
Maryann Fox
Loved this book. Story of 3 sisters who reunite for their mother's birthday and discover truths about themselves and make changes in their lives. You can go home again but have to realize that home has changed as have you and others
Just - The romance reader
Wow, this was a fabulous read! I settled in this evening for a nap, but instead found myself unable to put the book down until it was finished. I started it yesterday morning and by this evening I had completed my reading with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes.

The sisters struggle to overcome some past issues in the beginning only to reveal a beautiful bond. Henry shows the reader that family really can come together and overcome anything. Not only that but she also shows that with real h
I typically don't give 5 stars to a book, but I couldn't resist! The book is about the relationship of three sisters and their mother. One sister runs the family owned bookstore in a summer town. A week of special events is held to try to save the bookstore from being sold. The book made me want to open my own bookstore/coffee shop even more! I also wish I had more money to buy a lake home! I liked the way the author dedicated each chapter to one of the two sisters. It gave the reader more infor ...more
Ameni Babbou
that book touched me deeply.loved it so much
Easy read. Predictable ending but sweet.
Looking back at childhood, adolescence, first loves, terrible decisions from the perspective of a thirty something sounds like it's been done before. Throw in the setting of a bookstore, which serves as the hub of a southern Georgia town and the heart of a family trying to find itself again, and this book held my attention. While I had a sense of how things would end, I have to admit the hopeful spirit, the respect for family ties and old friends, and civility remain benchmarks for ways to live ...more
Mickey Reed
Aug 09, 2009 Mickey Reed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Patti Callahan Henry.
Shelves: favorites
Less predictable than her last novel and much more enjoyable. This book was comfortable, if at all possible. You can fall right into the story, with the cozy bookstore and all the characters. The three sisters' lives are entwined easily, albeit a chaotic connection of jealousy and old resentment. Sometimes conversations seem forced or unnatural, but those conversations were necessary to the story. It was heartbreaking at moments, so happy in others. A good story of pulling family together to mak ...more
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Patti Callahan Henry is the National Bestselling author of six novels with Penguin/NAL (Losing the Moon, Where the River Runs, When Light Breaks, Betweeen the Tides, The Art of Keeping Secrets, and Driftwood Summer).

Patti is hailed as a fresh new voice in southern fiction. She has been short-listed for the Townsend Prize for Fiction and has been nominated for the Southeastern Independent Booksell
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