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Segredos de Família

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  30,282 ratings  ·  1,480 reviews
Mãe e filha. Estranhas, separadas, rancorosas. O forçado regresso à casa de verão da família onde as unia ainda o amor pode não ser o caminho mais fácil para a reconciliação. Ali foram felizes, mas ali tudo se perdeu. Ao abandonar o marido, Nora deixou também as filhas para trás. Construiu uma nova vida, tornou-se uma conhecida jornalista de rádio. Ruby, a filha mais nova, ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 2013 by Bertrand Editora, 11x17 (first published 2001)
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Nora Bridge finds her orderly world turned upside down overnight. She's a famous syndicated radio talk show host, dispensing advice about family and relationship. What the public didn't know was how far away her life was from what she preached. When that was inevitably leaked, Nora returns to Summer Island where she has to come to terms with the world she walked away from a decade before.

I liked the story, even though it was fairly predictable. It tackled some strong themes, particularly the mo
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Nora Bridge is a "Delihah"- ish radio personality with her own advice column in the local newspaper. Nora brilliantly responds to her fans with candid advice and helps them all through their difficult questions. Nora's life is anything but perfect- she has no relationship with her two estranged daughters (both of which are falling apart in their own ways). Ruby Bridge is a stand up comedian dreaming of her own sitcom when she's offered a chance to write a tell all book about her mother (who she ...more
Ashley Daviau
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting this book to be a lighthearted easy read but boy was I ever wrong! This book absolutely destroyed me and had me sobbing by the end. I related so strongly to the main character Ruby, I felt like I was reading about myself at times and I think that's why I reacted so strongly to her story. In fact, reading Ruby's story opened my eyes to my own destructive behaviour that mirrors hers and it really forced me to think about difficult issues that I normally avoid. It was startling how ...more
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-ebook
Hannah always creates moving books and I love that her novels are set in the Northwest. Entertaining and satisfying, Summer Island is a compelling story about mothers and daughters. This novel like her others has an element of sadness and dissension but makes you enjoy the ending and root for the characters. I agree that parts are predictable, but it didn't lessen the enjoyment. I really like this author (I've read 11 of her books) and she does family drama very well.
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I am at work, so I'll have to make this review short and to the point.

This is the third Kristin Hannah book I have read, and while the first one was very touching ( True Colors ), the last two including this one, have been so-so.

I begin to think these books are like Lifetime movies. I don't know why I would watch, they aren't particularly any good... and yet, it is easy to let a wasted few hours go by while a movie (book) full of cliches and emotional manipulation bumbles along. Sometimes
Mandy Sue
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2009
Summer Island is a very touching story about the power of love through healing and forgiveness. It reminds us that each story has three sides and how sometimes we need to look past our own hurt and anger to renew an old relationship.

Summer's Island is sold on it being a book about Mother/Daughter relationships but it is so much more. It is truths hidden behind masks; love lost yet still yearned for. It is pain from being apart from family; and resentment for losing so much time.

Kristen Hannah on
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4000-books
This book was about the hurt that difficult decisions can make in a marriage and family and how secrets only compound the damage. This book followed Ruby, the daughter of Nora, a famous radio personality who left her family 11 years earlier. Nora leaving her family really damaged her kids and this book explores the problems that caused for Ruby in her interpersonal relations with everyone she met afterwards. Ruby and Nora were forced back together after Nora was in an accident and they ended up ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Summer Island' deals with a young woman Ruby who is estranged from her famous mother (Nora) and barely talks to her older sister and father who is long remarried with a new child. Readers are slowly walked through these two women's histories and we find out what Nora did to have her estranged from Ruby and partially estranged from her other daughter as well.

I liked the character of Ruby. She was feisty, but passionate. Also was totally in the wrong several times so I did feel for her. What was
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I didn't have this book on my TBR list. I picked this up last weekend along with another book from this author. I started reading this Wednesday night. Massachusetts is having a heat wave and I do not have air conditioning. I thought this would be a good book to read during the hot, sticky and sleepless nights.

I finished reading this story at 4:45 AM this morning. Some books should come with warning labels so you will know the story between the covers may cause you to feel a variety of emotions.
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mae
A pontuação justa seria 4,5*.
Comecei esta leitura com muita expectativa. Às vezes funciona ao contrário mas, desta vez, não me desiludiu.
Uma escrita simples, uma história que pode acontecer em qualquer família, e eu senti-me "esmagada" de emoção no final.
Ruby é uma mulher tão ferida... Nora uma mulher tão forte...
Adorei Eric, senti um carinho por ele como se fosse da minha família.
Aconselho.. sem reservas!!
Cindee Bowen
I can't figure out why this author is so popular. I thought the story line was cheesy and predictable, and the prose uninspired. Wow, I seldom write negative reviews , so you KNOW this book disappointed me!
Amanda Kimball
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't have very high expectations for this book. I picked it up in a whim for $2, and it sat on my shelf for a good 4 months. What a wasted time! This book was wonderful. Complex and intellectually stimulating. I felt for Nora and was drawn to her despite her flaws. Ruby and Caro were definitely on opposite ends of the spectrum, but it worked so well. As a daughter and a sister, I could easily relate to pieces of them. You look at their family, their story, and see the good and the bad of you ...more
Carla Geraldes
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trocados
Mais um livro intenso, arrebatador e emocionante.
Sempre com temas actuais, que nos levam a ler o livro de uma assentada.
Sendo as primeiras paginas sempre mais "leves" para entrarmos na história, depressa damos conosco numa montanha russa de emoções.
Se depois do primeiro livro que li dela, fiquei fã, cada leitura nova dá-me vontade de ler mais e mais.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a huge let down for me. The characters were miserable people and I couldn't feel an ounce of love for them and believe me I tried! The story was predictable, full of cliches and cheesy like a badly written soap opera. The author threw in a romance in there towards the end that she hardly bothered to develop well. This was one of Kristin Hannah's earlier books, thus it explains the vast chasm between this one and the Great Alone, a 5 star book I read and loved last year.
Jessica  Sinn (Books and Trouble)
Nora Bridge had what appeared to be the American dream – a devoted husband, two loving daughters, and a quaint beachhouse on Summer Island. Yet one day she turned her back on them all and vanished into thin air.

A decade later her youngest daughter Ruby finds herself grappling with the heartbreaking legacy of her mother’s selfishness. Stuck in the spin cycle of financial and emotional debt, Ruby is listless, angry and desperate to make a buck. After Nora, ironically a nationally beloved radio ad
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-books
This is the 10th Kristin Hannah I have read this year. I think I have mentioned a few times before that she and Jodi Picoult are probably my two favorite authors. They both have a style of writing that I am drawn to, and I have never been disappointed in any of their books.

"Summer Island" was certainly no different.

Summer Island is about advice expert Nora Bridges, the two daughters she abandoned years ago (Ruby & Caroline), and some other wonderful characters (Eric the homesexual cancer pa
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I waver between 4 and 5 stars on this one, but ultimately choose 5 because the story was wonderful, the character development was splendid and the story is one that is bound to stick with me for a long time. (6 months later I returned to this review and had actually entirely forgotten the story, so i reduced the rating to a 4)

I read a version of this book which was released through epub, and thus there were some formatting and grammatical errors which were somewhat distracting, but the story sti
Theresa Alan
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed listening to this story, which is told from the alternating points of view of successful radio host Nora, a woman who preaches to the nation about the importance of family, among other things, and (ironically enough) her estranged daughter, the angry aspiring comedian, Ruby.

When pornographic pictures from Nora’s past emerge, proving that she had an affair while married, her image of being a family values icon are shattered, and her career is in tatters.
Ruby’s career has never gotten st
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all my girlfriends
Recommended to Jennefer by: Donna
This is the first novel I have read by this author and I have to say I LOVED THIS BOOK - THANKS DONNA for the recommendation! What a wonderful story!!

Nora Bridge is a radio talk show host that espouses the morals of a nation. People trust and love her. When pornographic pictures of her are released to the press, her carefully constructed world comes tumbling down around her and she is faced with the skeletons in her closet that have left her estranged from the two daughters she has loved from a
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great
Feelings: pain, sadness, joyfulness

I was hooked after the first 50 pages, even the night couldn't stop me. The story made me cry, I gasped for breath as I read some sentences, they touched my heart so deeply. Love and pain. Being loved and missing love. The non-expressed words are so painful, they torn apart and make devastation in hearts. I think my heart has not opened yet entirely, thus I was shocked as I was reading about Bridge family, their story, their feelings, their life were very hear
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 3 star rating is being generous on my part.

This book was very predictable and cheesy beyond imagination.

The character Ruby totally unbelievable. She goes from one personality to a completely different personality within a few weeks?

The anger and family time lost could have most likely been eliminated if the mother would have written a letter to her daughters and explained in total honesty what happened to both her and her ex. To believe somebody would not do so is pure stupidity.

While mental
C.R. Sedore
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mighty love mixed with gripping, emotional storytelling explains this story. Kristin Hannah did an excellent job bringing alive the depth of the characters loves each other. Most love stories fall short when it comes to readers connection to the main couple. The characters were so toxifying to read it became addicting. The story showcases love through forgiveness and I believe that's an important factor to embark as a romance reader.

You probably think I'm talking about a love between lovers but
Susan Haught
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kristin Hannah fails to disappoint me.

This one wasn't my favorite, but the characters were superb. I love the fact KH can deliver a tale that could be from anyone's private journal and make such an impact with it. Of course, there are tears as well as happiness, and each page is a true gem.

Hannah's forte is characterization, and I adored Ruby's character, and how each one has their own sub-story with the other characters. The pacing is good and the changes the characters go through are well-don
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great conflict

I loved this book because the conflict was so real and made total sense. A mother walks out on her family and her daughter hates her. Fast forward many years and the daughter suddenly has to help her mother but is offered a lot of money to do an expose on her mother. It was fascinating to watch the main character develop.
Danielle Calhoun
I absolutely love Kristin Hannah books! This particular book I picked up at the library and had very low expectations for. I was very surprised at how much I really enjoyed it. A story about relationships and forgiveness. It will make you laugh and cry. I highly recommend.
Mar 12, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book in the car - sometimes depressing, sometimes thought-provoking, Im glad I listened to it. But I think I'm ready for a break from this author.
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I tried to love this book. I really did. I adore all of Kristen Hannah’s other novels (at least, the ones that I’ve read), so I picked Summer Island up expecting to be sucked into a story that would make me laugh, cry, and re-examine my life. It didn’t. I was left with a feeling of vague disappointment and betrayal. Perhaps I’m being too harsh. After all, every genius has to have at least one moment of non-genius. It’s not as if this book was a failure that I regretted reading. I liked it and en ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading the story of family and particularly mom and daughter(s) relationship.
Kara Hansen
This was good for a summer vacation read...but was definitely predictable. Not much for character development.
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Kristin Hannah is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, which was named Goodreads Best Historical fiction novel for 2015 and won the coveted People's Choice award for best fiction in the same year. Additionally, it was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, iTunes, Buzzfeed, the Wall Street Journal, Paste, and Th ...more
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“As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.” 910 likes
“A daughter without her mother is a woman broken. It is a loss that turns to arthritis and settles deep into her bones. ” 529 likes
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