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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  15,300 ratings  ·  1,508 reviews
Jane Green delivers her second blockbuster novel of 2015, a story of one woman struggling to right the wrongs of her past, with even more complications in the present.

June, 1998: At twenty seven, Catherine Coombs, also known as Cat, is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. Her lunchtimes consist of several glasses of wine at the bar
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by St. Martin's Press
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I once heard a quote about addiction that said something like: The best soil to grow something new is at the bottom. So hitting bottom, while extremely painful, is also the sowing ground. In Summer Secrets, author Jane Green provides an insightful example of this by showing the main character, Cat, at both her worse and her best in her struggle for sobriety. Through Cat’s perspective, the reader journeys through every stage in the cycle of addiction, making this novel relatable, informative, and
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3 Stars

I have been a fan of Jane Green ever since I picked up a copy of Mr. Maybe at a book sale quite a few years ago. I don't remember a whole lot about that book but I do remember loving it enough that I pretty much forced my best friend to read it. She ended up liking it as much as I did. I think I even forced that book upon my sister before too much time passed. I will admit that I have not read all of her books and if I am being honest
“A man who drinks too much on occasion is still the same man as he was sober. An alcoholic, a real alcoholic, is not the same man at all. You can't predict anything about him for sure except that he will be someone you never met before.”

----Raymond Chandler

Jane Green, the New York Times bestselling author, has penned an extremely heart touching yet sassy contemporary fiction in her book, Summer Secrets where the author weaves a tale about an alcoholic woman's life about how she learns to
Feb 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
I want to start by saying how much I love Jane Green's writing style, and have enjoyed a number of her books. However, I'm not sure how I really feel about this new book, I felt it wasn't written with Jane Green's voice the characters didn't engage me I did not love the protagonist or customary gay husband, the plot seemed disconnected was it about a girl never feeling like she belonged anywhere or was it about alcoholism in families.

I felt most connected during the last 30 Pages where I felt
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not your typical beach read, but a very readable book written in flashbacks. Jane Green wrote characters in this novel that drew me in and made me care about how their stories would unfold/conclude. You can't help but root for Cat who is an alcoholic and feel sympathy over the intensity of her addiction and denial. The author did such a great job in showing how alcohol can dominate your life and affect those you love. Be forewarned: there was A LOT of AA stuff. Other themes were divorce, ...more
Melissa I
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers of Family, Love, Romance, Hardship, Second Chances, Hope, etc etc
Recommended to Melissa by: Goodreads First Reads Program and St Martin's Press

Lol. Sorry for all the updates to this. I fell in love with this cover when it arrived yesterday and I've never known how to post pictures in review boxes before so I'm testing on this one. *Crossing fingers*


O.M.G. I haven't sat and read straight through so much since before I got pneumonia. I was so far ahead, then that knocked me down, but two days straight and done!! My eyes are so heavy. Hopefully this'll be a new start to the reading
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love Jane Green! Her books are always so good. This one was a little different for me as it pretty much hit pretty close to home. As a matter of fact it was a little difficult for me to read this one. Because I saw myself in Cat, WAY too many coincidences.

The author hit it spot on with this story which is truly a sad one. I really felt for the character.

I think a lot of people will find this hitting close to home and for those it doesn't, it is still a very good read and may shed some light
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to TL by: goodreads giveaway and Stephanie
I received this via GoodReads FirstReads in exchange for an honest review.

Still not sure how to rate this, I liked it but wasn't fully in love with it. So I'll say between 3 and 3.5-ish stars.

The first half I wasn't really impressed, but was intrigued enough to keep going. Cat annoyed me at times and I wanted to help her and occasionally shake her. Jason, seemed like a good guy and I slowly warmed up to him.

It was probably my fault but when the back cover said "unthinkable act." I expected
Judy Collins
A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

O U T S T A N D I N G !

Master storyteller Jane Green delivers yet another powerful and gripping novel with SUMMER SECRETS (two winners in one year-impressive). Both, off the charts. A riveting, insightful, emotional and thought-provoking page-turner with some highly-charged topics of addiction.

Cat has been comfortable with a bottle of Vodka to help her with her trials and ongoing problems
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Jane Green is an outstanding story teller that keeps my attention throughout and many times I have read one of her books in just one sitting if possible as its like pausing a film part way through. So this was the same, I had to settle down and read this from beginning to end.

And What a powerful book this was to read.

This story deals with Alcohol abuse, Adultery, Unhappy marriage, and family

Anyone reading or going to read this book will relate to something in this book as it deals with the
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Over the years, Jane Green has written many compelling, entertaining and powerful stories. Stories that have always given me escape, food for thought, and have filled my soul.

Summer Secrets is no exception. This is first and foremost simply a great story. The narrative is quick and I love that a dual timeline was employed throughout, leading the reader through the pivotal moments in Cat's journey. Now, given that Summer Secrets is good, I have to say that it is also a deeply emotional,
May 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I feel the need to preface this review by saying that when I love Jane Green, I LOVE Jane Green. Another Piece of My Heart is definitely one of my all time favorites. But now I've just finished Summer Secrets. And even long before I was done reading I knew it wasn't going to be of nearly the same caliber as some of her older stuff.

It's hard to put into words what went wrong, but Summer Secrets just seemed disjointed to me. It also didn't help matters that the story was told out of order. This
May 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Well, I now know more than I ever wanted to know about working the "steps" of AA, meetings, sponsors, higher powers, and the AA prayers. I found it tedious and repetitive. It was also not the most enjoyable narrative given the unreliability of the narrator. The story is told in disjointed flashbacks and present day. Sometimes she was passed out and didn't remember the sequence of events. In some ways it was a bit like being drunk along with her.

And while the doctrine of Alcoholics Anonymous and
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Life is where you look."

One of my top reads of the summer, this thought-provoking book had everything that makes a story great in my eyes. It was heartfelt, honest and most of all - made me feel.

Cat’s story follows her struggle with addiction and feeling like she doesn’t belong. I think it’s a topic that most readers can relate to, in one way or another. The secrets, her questionable choices and the turn of events, kept me on my toes. It was a journey worth taking. A reminder that true
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, summer
oh I almost went with 2 stars. the story seemed so rushed literally the first 48% of book is the fast version of her 13 years of marriage than the last half is summer events of a two week stay in Nantucket. the summer secret wasn't so secret and the main character is an alcoholic so she doing the steps. Sometimes making amends is for yourself and other people just aren't interested. I like this author but this one I felt disappointed. so I am going to go drink my glass of wine and move on to the ...more
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. At times, I was completely engaged and couldn't wait to get back to it. Other times, I was bored by the repetitive nature of some of the MC's thoughts and explanations. There were twists and turns, most of which I saw coming. Unfortunately, the end felt like it was a bit all over the place and rushed. I felt a bit let down by the almost jarring end to the story. Overall, I think it was a good story. 3.5 stars
Sharon Huether
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won this free book through Goodreads First reads. Cat, wife, mother with a great job, had a drinking problem. It took the best of her, putting her into a downward spiral. Taking the twelve steps of AA she regained much of what she had lost. Finally she felt free.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for the perfect summer read, look no further! It even has Summer in the title, for Pete's sake! If I were to open a menu, and pick out the perfect beach read, this would absolutely be it. It is filled with drama, secrets (again, in the title.. see a trend?), and page turning glory!

On a more serious note, it is also about a woman's journey through addiction. This novel explores not only how the addiction affects the protagonist's life but the lives of her family members as
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read this in one day. Ultimate beach book or in my case: story to read while waiting for the Sears repairman!
Kathy Gange
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I ready enjoyed reading this book. I love Jane Green.was a great read for the summer..
I know what I should do. I know I need to pour this the sink, but before I do, let me sit here a while longer, worship the altar of the god to whom I was once enslaved.

Wow. I knew I was in for a good read when you start the first chapter with those sobering words. Cat our main protagonist and whose soul is pretty much laid bare throughout is a woman that has been hurt with the rejection of her father and the decisions she makes as she seeks to not the feel the pain in her battle with
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Cat is in her late twenties living the life in London during the late 90s. She has a good job, friends, and many parties to attend. She stays out too late, drinks too much, and often finds herself in compromising situations, but this is the time in her life when she is supposed to do this, right? Before she settles down? Cat refuses to think she has a problem until one time she blacks out and finds herself in a strange man's flat. The man, Jason, is a successful and very good looking TV director ...more
Janis Skoczylas
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book was pretty meh. It's one of those books were the book jacket blurb makes it sound way better than what it is. The protagonist was (again) an unlikable alcoholic. She had daddy issues (2 sets of daddy issues, as it would turn out), man problems, and a genetic predisposition to boozing it up. Of course this ruins her marriage and other relationships. Basically, the first half of the novel is a mess. The author jumps back and forth in time and location to give us an insiders view of the ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chic-lit
I received this in a Goodreads giveaway, and set it aside. I wish I'd picked it up sooner, as the story was captivating and filled with emotional drama.
Cat is an alcoholic, and has made far too many destructive decisions, destroying relationships and ultimately losing those she loves the most. Despite the many times I thought "Oh Cat, not again", I found myself drawn to Cat and the vulnerability she displays. As with most addicts, Cat must hit rock bottom to realize she needs help and AA to get
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jane Green is probably one of my favorite authors. Every time I read about Nantucket I want to get on the internet and rent a cute little cottage on the water. What a way to spend your summer. This book is about Cat who has a family history of drinking. She won't admit she has an addiction problem until several things happen in her life that are so devastating that it brings her to rock bottom. She has to lose everything before she can rebuild her life and rebuild her relationship with Jason, ...more
Nov 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I really liked this book. It told of a recovering alcoholic's story as she struggles with challenges in her life. A couple twists, some good humor, and interesting perspective makes this a light, good beach vacation read. My first by this author and I would be curious to see what else she writes her other novels on. Really fun.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press for the free reading copy in exchange for an honest review!
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up Wed. at the library, because Elin Hilderbrand is quoted on the front cover and I figured if EH likes it so will I. When I started it I wasn't to sure but after about 25 pages I was hooked big time. I have never read and Jane Green before but I will be reading a lot more and lucky me, my local library has them all! What a great summer read.
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Enjoyable read--I couldn't put it down!
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This was my first Jane Green novel and now that I have read one, I think I can say for sure that I will be adding her other books to my TBR list. Cat, the main character, is an alcoholic struggling with the way her life has turned out. In the beginning she is fairly recently divorced and trying to come to terms with her new life and remembering how she got to this point. Then the author takes us back in time and begins
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Jane Green's eighteenth novel, Falling, is soon to be released with Berkley/Penguin; she is the author of sixteen previous New York Times Bestselling novels, and known as one of the world's leading authors in women's fiction, with over ten million books in print, and translations in over 25 languages.

Previous novels have included The Beach House, Second Chance, Jemima J, and Tempting Fate.

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