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Summer at Hideaway Key

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,104 ratings  ·  108 reviews
From the author of The Wishing Tide comes a stunning new novel about two summers, one journal, and the secrets that can break and open our hearts....
Pragmatic, independent Lily St. Claire has never been a beachgoer. But when her late father leaves her a small house on Hideaway Key—one neither her mother nor she knew he owned—she’s determined to visit the sleepy spit of
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by NAL
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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An inherited beach cottage with memories of its own, a beach cottage filled with journals about the life of an unknown aunt, a job as a fashion designer in Milan, and decisions, decisions, decisions.

Lily St. Claire had no idea that her father had left her a beach cottage that once belonged to her estranged aunt or why he left it to her especially with all the secrets between her mother and her mother's sister. Lily needed to see the cottage for herself and was curious enough to head to Florida t
Barbara White
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge Barbara Davis fan. I honestly believe she's the queen on the dual time line. Her third novel, SUMMER AT HIDEAWAY KEY, sucked me in from page one and never let go. If you loved Adele's voice is Barbara's fantastic debut, THE SECRETS SHE CARRIED, you will love Lily-Mae's voice. She was my favorite character. There were many parts of the novel when I was genuinely fearful for her. Some of her journal entries were hard to read, not just the ones set on the poor farm in the 1950s. I cried, ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a perfect beach read! I fell in love with Sand Pearl Cottage and the all of the characters in Hideaway Key. Every time I picked up this book I felt magically transported to this beautiful, peaceful place.
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is not your typical beach read, that said I loved this story. At times it is dark and depressing but overall a beautiful story. Be prepared to cry and not get much done or sleep, as you will want to stay up and read. After Lily’s father dies and leaves her an old beach house in Florida she decides to go see it. Finding journals in the house gives her a peek into her family history she had no clue about. Her parents' lives and history were real eye openers. Lily learns a lot about herself an ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have always been a lover of Women’s Fiction for the pure ‘realness’ of the story. I love the feeling I get when I read about a character and feel connected to her, like she is just as real as I, knowing that the struggles she is going through are struggles that so many other women face, and finally seeing the personal growth the she goes through. Barbara Davis’ Summer at Hideaway Key has all of these characteristics and MORE.

Summer at Hideaway Key centers around Lily and her deceased Aunt, L

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I loved this story and it is one of the best I have read this summer. Filled with intrigue, blackmail, love, and a surprise ending it keeps the reader turning pages from page one. I know for a fact I couldn’t put it down. When Lily inherits a rundown bungalow when her father dies her mother tries desperately to keep her from going there. The bungalow belonged to her aunt who she never met and whose name had been banned in
Susan Peterson
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Summer at Hideaway Key is one of the most luscious, emotional, captivating books I've ever read. I was hooked from the first page, and the story never lets up. when Roland St. Clair dies, he leaves his daughter Lily a cottage on Hideaway Key. The cottage had belonged to her mother's sister, Lily-Mae. Lily knows very little about her aunt, whose name was never allowed to be spoken in their home. Lily goes to Florida to see the home she's inherited, hoping to learn something about her mysterious a ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Lily St. Claire finds herself as the owner of a cottage on Hideaway Key located on Florida's Gulf Coast thanks to the fact that her father left her the house in his will. She didn't even know that he owned the home though! When Lily visits the cottage, she finds out that it is filled with a lot of old items, specifically old journals written by her mother's sister. This is especially intriguing as her mother won't speak of her sister to this day, so Lily has many questions surrounding this. As L ...more
Greg Leaping
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won a free copy of this book on Goodreads Giveaways.

What an amazingly beautiful book! I loved the character of Lily May, of her sacrifices, her losses, and her love. Then there is the main character Lily St. Claire whom I grew to love. She seemed a bit detached at first. Then there are the romances transcending a generation. This was a great book and I hated for it to end. I'll definitely be reading more of this Authors books. I rated this book 5 stars out of 5.
Camille Maio
What a book! I expected a breezy summer read from the beautiful cover, but it concealed the depth and emotion of story that this book was. I was immediately drawn in by the premise, the writing, and the knotty heartache that grew as I began to see the tragedies ahead. But not all is lost - there is plenty of joy and redemption to end on a more than satisfactory note. This will be one that I recommend frequently.
Normandie Fischer
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Barbara Davis has done it again. She told me I’d love Lily-Mae. What she didn’t tell me was that I’d become so emotionally entangled with this wonderful character that I’d want to climb into the story and shake some sense into her, then turn around and pull Lily-Mae into my arms to soothe her. I wanted to promise that it would all work out. Surely, it would all work out.

Thank you, Barbara, that it did. Not perhaps as I would have preferred, but the deeds had been done already and couldn’t be und
Carol Boyer
Sometimes you read a book and never want to put it down. This was one of those books, it hooked me in from the very first page and didn't let go. It was an emotional journey with all of these characters, Lily-Mae who loved Roland, but had no choice but to leave him when a horrific past caught up with her. Lily took care of her sister Caroline, but sibling rivalry thwarted their relationship. Lily inherited Sand Pearl Cottage when her Father died, and when she went to clear it out she found old j ...more
Amanda P
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can honestly say that I was incredibly lucky to receive an advance copy of this book before its publication through a giveaway. I had never read any of Barbara Davis' books before, but after reading Summer at Hideaway Key, I'll definitely be reading more of them! It pulled me in from the very first page. Although I thought some parts dragged on a bit, I still couldn't wait to read it and follow both Lily and Lily-Mae's journeys. I thought the character of Lily and the curiosity with her family ...more
Tom Kelley
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was blown away by this story and its characters.
Felt like I was on the beach and like I knew these people.
First time a book has made me cry.
Katie G
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Page turner... then after one special page you will say Wow our loud. Maybe even WTF.

Sweet story. Worth the read.
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The story was a bit of a cliche. A young woman is unexpectedly given a cottage in Hideaway Key upon the death of her father. Her mother is dead set against it but Lily is looking for answers. Even with the cliches I liked the characters in the book except perhaps for Caroline. There is a love story between Roland, Lily's father, and her aunt, Lily-Mae. There is a lot of grief in Lily-Mae's life but she is a strong woman and tries to do the best for everyone. Then there is the romance between Lil ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very different story line. Great book
Kathleen Kelly
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Summer at Hideaway Key The summer at Hideaway Key starts out with two little girls being dropped off at a poor house, Mt.Zion, by their mother. The girls are terrified, but they believe that their mother will come back for them once she can support them again. This is a time, 1953 when times are tough for a single mother to make it on her own let alone with two little girls. The poorhouse is run by a couple, a not very nice woman by the name of Sister Ruby and her husband preacher Brother Zell. ...more
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
There are some books that just touch your heart and pull you in from the beginning and this book is one of them.

This book. This book. I do not even know where to start. I guess I will begin by saying I was enthralled and captivated by this story. A story of a niece, her Aunt, her Father and Mother. And what a story it is. The quote “Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive.” ― Walter Scott, Marmion comes to mind and it describes a lot about this story.

I did not realize
Sharon Huether
I won this Free book through Goodreads-First reads. Thanks Goodreads for choosing me. A young woman(Lily St.Clair) inherited a summer cottage in Florida from her father. It had belonged to her Aunt Lily. She was very curious. She went for a visit, just for a few weeks, so she thought. Her aunt had written in journals. It was the only way she could find out about her mother and her aunt's past; since her mother would say nothing. There were bad feelings between her mother and aunt. Lily found all ...more
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I have read by this author and am totally addicted to her writing. I hope she writes fast because I understand she has only three books on the market!

This is the story of a family full of secrets, tragedy and lies. The main character, Lily, is a strong willed, independent character that is too stubborn at times to communicate with others. As the story unfolds, you realize that she is not the only character with these traits. I became frustrated at times with the character
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Some extremely evil characters who wielded more power than believable and their victim, who sadly did not have enough trust in the one person who loved her, causing herself a lifetime of pain. Kept my interest as narrated by a mother and the daughter who never knew her, with her own set of commitment issues. Some bright spots because of great descriptions of Florida and local townspeople who became involved with the daughter. 3.5 stars.
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recieved an advance copy of this for my honest opinion. I loved everything about this book. Loved learning about Lily and her namesake. There are so many twist and turns that it was hard not to put this book down. It is the perfect beach book it makes you want flee to the beach.
Ane Mulligan
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Barbara Davis’s Summer at Hideaway Key is enthralling, heartrending, romantic, mysterious, nostalgic … in other words, everything a great novel should be. It’s destined to become a classic.”
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jeanne Adamek
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very well written... Frustratingly sad.
Kim Bruce Daniel
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story! Wish I could be in Hideaway Key right now.
Darlene Wilson
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
independent Lily St. Claire has never been a beachgoer. But when her late father leaves her a small house on Hideaway Key—one neither her mother nor she knew he owned—she’s determined to visit the sleepy spit of land along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Expecting a quaint cottage, Lily instead finds a bungalow with peeling shutters and mountains of memorabilia. She also catches a glimpse of the architect who lives down the beach…. But it’s the carton of old journals in the front room that she finds most ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Summer at Hideaway Key is a well-written book that firmly fits the bill as a summertime or beach read.
The best part of the book for me were the strong depictions of Hideaway Key and its residents. It made me long for an extended trip to a place such as this.
The book only received 3 stars from me because even though it is well-written, I found the characters unrealistic. They seemed to fall on such extreme ends of a spectrum. One so selfish that there is virtually no love or consideration for an
Maureen Holloway
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story, but the sadness of Lily Mae’s life was hard to bear sometimes. I realize that in the 1950’s and 60’s women were didn’t report abuse because they weren’t believed usually. However, her refusal to tell her husband that she was being blackmailed seemed too much. I know her reasoning was that she was protecting him, but still, I found it difficult to u derstand.
Caroline was hard to stomach. This was sibling rivalry to the max! Her lack of empathy was incredible.
Again, her sister
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