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That Camden Summer

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  4,324 Ratings  ·  226 Reviews
Following such major New York Times bestsellers as Home Song and Family Blessings, one of America's most adored storytellers outdoes herself with this compelling story of a pair of lovers who must battle a town's hypocrisy--a triumphant paean to the power of love.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 23rd 1996 by Putnam Adult
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LaVyrle Spencer is one of the few romance novelists I can enjoy. Her characters are normal people going about their normal lives -- they're not great beauties or handsome young rakes. Often the two main characters dislike each other or just plain don't notice or care about each other at first. And she does a good bit of historical research about the times and places she sets her stories.

I was a bit disappointed with this one. It's obvious she did a LOT of research on the time (1916), the place (
Judie Dooley
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is the story of a very strong woman who divorced her wayward husband. She returned to her home town of Camden Main where she met with scorn by everyone including her mother. These were the days where a divorced woman was seen as nothing more than a prostitute. She proved them all wrong by doing everything she could to raise her 3 daughters by buying a car and learning to drive. She got a job as a traveling nurses which gave more fuel to the the rumors that were spread about her that were no ...more
Sharon Huether
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
A very capable and independent woman, Roberta Jewett returns to her home town of Camden Maine. Newly divorced with three daughters. Roberta was different, she had many struggles with the townspeople. She held her head high while teaching her daughters and all their friends new things, making it a very happy time.
When romance comes into the picture, Roberta is very reluctant. Finally she gives in to a wonderful man who had been remodeling her home.
The book is so full of unexpected and happy momen
Erin Burns
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: openlibrary
I remember reading this first on one of those rare breaks during college where I could not stand to write another paper but felt like I had too much to do and couldn't go home. So, I found myself on the second floor of the library where the scanty fiction section was. I wasn't expecting much because this wasn't an author that had ever interested me, but I was instantly captivated and re-read this book several times over the next several years, naturally I was pleased to find a copy of this on Op ...more
Apr 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want a fast read. Mainahs!
Recommended to Deana by: Elizabeth
Shelves: maine, read-owned, 2011
I saw that someone I follow added this to her bookswap. Recognizing Camden as a town in Maine, I checked first to be sure it -was- in fact referring to that town, and once I was sure of it I requested the book. I did enjoy the Maine-specific parts of the book, it was kind of cute to read a book with a setting so familiar to my life. It was clear that the author did some research and knew the area. I must admit, though, I was surprised that more people didn't seem to remember Roberta from when sh ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this heartwarming book. It was really interesting to read about the turn-of-the-century traditions, inventions and morals of the people back then and I loved the New England setting during my favorite season. As usual, Spencer writes a sweet love story amidst important personal issues.
Another winner from Spencer! I saw this book at a local library used book sale and snatched it up, given the great experience I had with Morning Glory. I was not disappointed!

First off, I adore Roberta! I find her fantastically independent, caring, and vulnerable when she needs to, as well as un-domestic, just like me. There were times where the claims to independence were a bit much with multiple stressing of the point, but I can forgive that with how much I love her character. I also loved Gab
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have forgotten how I used to LOVE LaVyrle Spencer! I am not so much into "love" stories (romance novels) anymore..but it's nice to go back and read occasionally! I loved the era in which LaVyrle wrote about and the woman (Birdy) well before her time!
Birdy is a woman in the 40's, divorced with a nursing job and three girls to support. In a time that women stayed home and cooked for their husbands and raised families...Birdy lived her life on her terms. She raised her girls with imagination and
Caca Venthine
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long time no see Goodreads :D Setelah saya bertapa di kaki pegunungan sekarang saya muncul lagi.

Lagi dan lagi dan tentu aja di bikin terharu sama cerita si oma yang 1 ini. Ngenes, sedih, jadi 1 semua. Bikin bacanya juga agak miris banget.

Tentang Roberta janda beranak 3 yang dikucillkan oleh orang2 di kampungnya dan keluarganya sendiri. Hingga dia bertemu dengan Gab, yang adalah seorang duda juga.

Manis dan masing2 tokoh berkarkter kuat. Suka dengan cerita ini walau memang bisa dibilang agak ngene
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roberta has returned home after 18 years with her three daughters. It is early 1900 and Roberta is apprehensive. She has divorced her husband which is frowned upon and will suffer not only the stares and accusations of Camden, Maine itself, but her mother and sister as well.

Roberta is very self reliant and buys herself a motorcar. She is a trained nurse and intends to support herself and her daughters without anyone's help. Her brother in law starts with snide looks and untoward touches on the v
Elizabeth Kissner
This was the first book I ever reread and over the years have read it probably twenty times. This is the only book of Ms. Spencer's I have ever read, so I cannot compare it to her others. I just know that I love the simplicity of the tale, the ferocity with which Roberta loves her daughters and life, and the creative spirit with which she approaches everything. I find the main characters to be inspiring and entertaining, without being snobbish or outlandish. For me, this book brings a comfort an ...more
Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it
In the summer of 1916, Roberta and her three daughters arrived in Camden, Maine. As Roberta tries to rebuild both her life and a ramshackle house overlooking the harbor, she endures violence, betrayal, and pain. But she also finds love, friendship and acceptance from the most unlikely source.
From People:"A modern fairy tale, complete with a deserving heroine, a prince of a guy, and a happily-ever-after ending."
This is the perfect description of this book!

Usually when I read romance I tolerate and excuse unlikely and unrealistic characters, situations, conversations, personalities and reactions because the predictable happy ending makes me feel good. I didn't have to do that here, it was so honest. I loved it.
Yuli Pritania
Udah dua kali baca ini dan after taste-nya masih tetap sama. Manis. Suka banget sama semua interaksi tokoh di dalamnya. Dan setting-nya, Maine, selalu jadi favorit saya.
Deborah  Cleaves
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by this author and clearly I have been remiss. Excellent book with great characters who live off the page in your imagination. The plot delivers people you know surviving difficult situations scathed but thriving. What a wonderful book. Highly recommended.
Gaby Franz
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La amé.
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lavyrle-spencer
***3,75*** - Another truly enjoyable historical tale by talented Mrs Spencer.
This one is set in a beautiful coastal town in Maine, in 1916, and we meet spunky Roberta Jewett, a strong 36-year woman, rather plain, mother of three most endearing daughters, returning from Boston to her hometown after having divorced her cheating and deceiving husband. Roberta is a most wonderful character; she's quite independent (considering it's 1916)and she's so generous with her love for her daughters. Roberta
Buku pertama di tahun ini... Dan sangat memuaskan...
Kemana saja kau selama ini.. Kenapa numpuk di book shelf gak kebaca baca sampai nguning. Harusnya saya bakal tahu kalo Lavyrle Spencer bakal menghibur saya dengan tangisan sendu di awal tahun. Sial banget buku ini keren mampus. (red : saya masokis,you know lah ceritanya pasti gimana)

Ceritanya masih semi HR gitu sih (awalan 20th century) soal janda yang cerai dengan suaminya lalu pulang kampung sama 3 anaknya. Dia maunya pulang itu minta perlin
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"O afeto é um alimento singular. Abre as bocas quase com a mesma facilidade com que abre os corações" (tradução livre)
Este é um daqueles raros livros que declamam um hino e louvor aos direitos femininos, especialmente em se tratando da época, 1916. A heroína Roberta Jewett é uma mulher totalmente à frente do seu tempo. Ela escandalizou o pequeno povoado de Camden ao retornar divorciada, com três filhas e um diploma de enfermeira. Aos dezoito anos ela saiu de casa contra a vontade de sua mãe e fo
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roberta Jewitt is going back home to Camden, Maine in the year 1916 after divorcing her philandering husband. Women that were divorced back then were labeled and out-casted. Roberta is a very independent woman who is now raising her three children. Some men in the town think she is easy prey, but she shows them otherwise. Gabe Farley lost the love of his life when his wife died years ago. He keeps all of her things like a shrine to her. Two totally different individuals, in the way they think, l ...more
In 1916 a divorced women was treated as an outcast in society. Roberta and her 3 daughters moved back to her hometown in Maine, only to discover that she is not welcome by her own family or the community as a whole. Being a self-reliant woman, Roberta is determined to make a home for she and her family. Leaving behind an unfaithful man and starting a job as a county nurse, Roberta also learns to drive and soon buys a Model T. Her progressive and modern ways raise many eyebrows and captures the a ...more
Sara Pauff
Another good Spencer novel. The writing isn't as subtle as some of her other books, but once again the main characters absolutely shine. I loved Roberta Jewett. She's the kind of parent I would like to be if I ever had kids: fiercely independent, imaginative, a bit messy and not at all enthralled by housework, but she never lets her daughters forget they are loved -- kind of like a 1916 version of Lorelai Gilmore. And Gabriel is sort of like the 1916 version of Luke Danes -- a gruff carpenter/ha ...more
An easy to read book that sometimes dragged a bit. I liked the characters and the way they developed. I still find it hard to believe how ostrasized a divorced woman was back in the early 1900's. Now adays divorce is everywhere and we don't think it's the womans foult (it was the man! haha jk)
I loved the spunk of the main character, how she managed a raggedy house, 3 kids and even her own motorcar!
I was surprised how quickly she fell into marriage again, but then she was miserable her entire
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Romantic novel - At the turn of the century in New England, an independent divorcee, progressive before her time, returns to her provincial hometown of Camden, Maine, in order to build a new life for herself and her three daughters. Braving adversaries such as her lecherous brother-in-law, condemning mother, and a community that considers a divorced woman little better than a prostitute, Roberta Jewett behaves "scandalously," securing a job as a county nurse to support her children, learning to ...more
This was better than I thought it would be. It was fun to be reading about Camden and the area around it, as that is where I am staying right now. :-) The title is misleading, it isn't really about a summer romance. It's about a young woman who brings her three children back to Camden, near her family, after her - unheard of! - divorce, back in 1919. The author did a good job of making her characters seem real. I'd really like to this this a 3 1/2. It's better than average, but not good enough t ...more
Jennifer Gelert
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is of a woman in the early 1900's who defied society and got a divorce from a husband who cheated, left all the time and was not interested in her or their 3 daughters. She returns home to Camden where she is hoping to raise her 3 daughters around her family. She has a job as a traveling nurse and is the first women to ever get a motor car! All no no's during that time. But the love for her girls and her desire to give them the best love, affection and enjoyment of music, plays, etc is ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a well written book and well executed plotline! I absolutely loved Roberta and her independent nature and how she carried herself. Spencer has the skill of character development and leads the reader to really engage with the lives of these characters. I have to admit I thought it was going to be a sappy romance novel but I'm glad I was wrong. This was a novel that mirrored the struggles women faced in the early 1900s. Roberta broke all of the rules by getting a divorce, an education, buying ...more
Kate Lawrence
Jul 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Summer is here, and time to read something light and undemanding, although "light" in this case doesn't exclude some serious subject matter. The main theme here is sexism that goes beyond annoying to life-damaging for the heroine, a spunky divorcee and single mom in the early 20th century. This isn't only about women, though; we get an in-depth look at a male character too, as we progress to a satisfying ending.
Before her retirement in the late 90s, several of Spencer's novels made the New York
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, it took me no time to read it! I LOVED Roberta; she was a tough cookie who spoke her mind for better and for worse, and who took the knocks life gave her and kept moving with a positive attitude. She was a great character that I had no issues at all with, over-independent streak and all. Gabe and all their girls were great characters too. So was the storyline of two opposites, who despite the odds, manage to come together and be exactly what the other needs to fill that missin ...more
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american, gagas, hr, romance

awalnya menjajikan..makin ke tengah makin miris...apalagi tokoh utamanya , si roberta yang super ceria dan janda anak 3....di perkosa sama kaka ipar nya sendiri..sampe di sundut rokok pula...kejam banget :(
mana nyokapnya sendiri malah menganggap dia yang bersalah menggoda ipar nya....makin sebel.....

roberta bener2 berjuang banget....kasian sih....unrung ada co nya duda keren anak 1 yang selalu bela dia dan menghajar si pemerkosa.....

endingnya happy...mereka menikah dan anak2 nya juga pada a
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LaVyrle Spencer is an American best-selling author of contemporary and historical romance novels. She has successfully published a number of books, with several of them made into movies. Twelve of her books have been New York Times bestsellers, and Spencer was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame in 1988.

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