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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Benjamin Hughes is on a mission. He has just bought back the New Hampshire lake cottage his family lost eighteen summers ago, in 1969, just before he turned fourteen—just before his life blew apart.

Still reeling from a broken engagement, Ben has committed himself to relive that momentous summer for the next twenty-four hours.

Every summer as a boy, Ben has gawked at the pre
Paperback, 311 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Straw Hill Publishing
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May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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A new and unique novel, on how to tame the ghosts of your dark past, by J.B.Chicoine, Spilled Coffee.

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First of all many thanks to the author, J.B.Chicoine, for providing me with an e-copy of her book in exchange for honest reviews.

This novel is about, a man named Benjamin, recently got his heart broken, buying his family lake cabin at New Hampshire, thus reliving his dark past. It's once again summer of '69 for Benjamin, running after hi
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this story! I read it twice. It was like a time jump to when I was a young teen. The emotional intensity of the young character Benjamin is spot on, in my opinion. The world of 14 year old Benjamin's perceptions versus his realities is sensitive and thought provoking.

Chicoine addresses a universal theme—making peace with one's past—while transitioning realistically from the uncomfortable rhythm of Ben's adult life to his memories of the pivotal summer that changed his life. While Chicoine
Alexis Krafka
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 if I could. I liked the premise and overall storyline, but the writing style itself didn't quite do it for me. ...more
Brenda Diederich
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure how to give a half star, but I would place this book at 3 1/2 stars as opposed to the four I gave it. I enjoyed the past/present chapter chronology, the story itself and the way the protagonist was portrayed. Living in NH, on a lake, I could most definitely identify with the summer experience described by Chicoine. Though I was able to guess most of the ending, there was one surprise I did not expect, which had to do with a character's parent. My only complaint is there were a numb ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! I really liked how the story progressed with Ben's memory being set off by the smallest detail. The ending was predictable, but what the characters went through could never have been guessed from the beginning. I also really like that it was set in the 60s, I have not read a lot of books from that time period. ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, owned
This was clunky, repetitive and boring.
Anne Gallagher
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I thought J.B. Chicoine’s debut novel UNCHARTED: Story for a Shipwright was amazing, but I think Spilled Coffee is even better.

With a trip down memory lane to the late 60’s, Ben (the main character) has come back to the New Hampshire lake cabin his family used to vacation at and the memories of the summer that broke his heart, as well as his family.

Chicoine’s writing is superbly crafted, and more times than not, I was surprised when I looked up from my reading to find I was not in New Hampshire
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J. B. Chicoine was born on Long Island, New York, and grew up in Amityville during the 1960s and 70s. She has lived in New Hampshire, Kansas City and Michigan. She enjoys setting her stories in New England.

She has been writing stories since she was a girl, but didn't complete a novel until she was nearly thirty. Since then, she has completed four more novels; UNCHARTED: Story for a Shipwright, SPI

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