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The Forever Summer

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  5,230 ratings  ·  595 reviews
When a DNA test reveals long-buried secrets, three generations of women reunite on Cape Cod for the homecoming of a lifetime.

Marin Bishop has always played by the rules, and it's paid off: at twenty-eight she has a handsome fiancé, a prestigious Manhattan legal career, and the hard-won admiration of her father. But one moment of weakness leaves Marin unemployed and alone,
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company
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Suzanne Leopold
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Marin Bishop’s life is in shambles. She is thirty years old and has just broken off her engagement because she is cheating on her fiance with a co-worker. Cheating must be hereditary in the Bishop family because her parent’s marriage is also dissolving due to her father's indiscretions. Complicating matters is an email from a twenty-two year old woman named Rachel, who claims to be her half sister. This revelation came after Marin innocently supplied DNA through a testing kit at work.

Rachel alw
Book of Secrets
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
How shocking would it be to take a genetics test as a work-related project and get matched with a half-sister you knew nothing about? Marin Bishop is sure there must be a mistake with the test when someone from California makes that claim. This discovery leads the two young women to spend the summer on the northern tip of Cape Cod, home of a grandmother they've never met.

THE FOREVER SUMMER is a bittersweet tale of family secrets, love, and forgiveness, with a perfect summertime setting. I enjoye
“The thing about families was that there was always some question nobody wanted to answer for you, and it was like a stray thread pulling loose in a sweater. You could tug at it all you wanted, but in the end, all you'd have was a pile of twisted yarn.”

----Sarah Sullivan

Jamie Brenner, an American author, has penned a compelling family drama in her new contemporary fiction, The Forever Summer that centers around three generations of women, all tied up together in a web of long buried family sec
The Forever Summer was thoroughly delightful.

I enjoyed getting to the know the characters, all different, but recognisable.

Provincetown provides the perfect background for this family saga. The messiness of life is well encapsulated in this novel: strained family relationships, divorce, disease, half-siblings who had no idea about each other existence, make for a realistic but enjoyable journey.

This was my first Jamie Brenner novel. I will happily read other novels written by her.

Cindy Burnett
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

The Forever Summer is such a fun book and a great read to get ready for summer. Jamie Brenner explores the many meanings of family, the impact of long-held secrets on both the secret keeper and those affected by the secret, and the joy of friendship. Her characters are richly crafted and highly entertaining, and I wish I could spend a summer with them in Provincetown (except for maybe Nadine). Brenner’s descriptive manner made me feel like I was at the Beach Rose Inn and elsewhere on Ca
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it

Secrets, mistakes, and revelations abound in THE FOREVER SUMMER.

We meet the Bishop family with members having secrets from the past as well as the present.

We also meet family members that were not known to exist.

THE FOREVER SUMMER brings together an unknown half sister, a grandmother, and memories of a father the sisters never knew.

The generations of women and how they connected as strangers was wonderful, and the beach setting was perfect for the connections and story line.

Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Move over Elin Hildebrand and Jane Green as Jamie Brenner is in the house! I enjoyed The Gin Lovers and loved The Wedding Sisters but with The Forever Summer, Brenner goes to the level of the elite summer fiction authors.

The book features elements that I love:

a. Immediate plot- by page 2, you are completely "into" the plot. I love that in a book!
b. Plot Twists- the book has several "A-ha" moments where the reader stops and says- Wow, I didn't see that coming. Clearly Brenner is pretty darn bril
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-books, chick-lit
3.5 stars

This book's cover is enitrely apropos. "The Forever Summer" is just the kind of book you'll want to read while on the beach -- or the kind of book to read if you want to be transported to the beach on a cold, gray afternoon.

As you might gather -- without even reading the marketing blurb -- "The Forever Summer" involves themes of family, love, betrayal, secrets, and forgiveness. Readers will certainly know basically how this is going to all end up, but won't know exactly how the author i
Very much enjoyed this roller coaster story, bittersweet in places. Ultimately family wins through. Narrator Amy McFadden brought it beautifully to life.
Susan Peterson
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Forever Summer is a rich, emotional journey about a group of strangers, drawn together by long-hidden secrets, who come together as a family. The story and the characters drew me in from the very first page, and as I got to know this interesting group of people, I found myself loving them, hurting for them, and wishing for their happiness. Tuck this lovely story into your suitcase when you go on vacation, in your beach bag, in your backpack....I loved this passage, a perfect description of a ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful story about love in all its forms and the importance of family!
Lisa-Books Smiles
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great summer read!
Theresa Alan
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful read. Twenty-two-year-old Rachel lives in LA and has always known her father was a sperm donor, but working as a research assistant on a show that helps celebrities discover their family history, she’s inspired to track down him. Thirty-year-old Marin, a New Yorker from Philadelphia has just broken off her engagement because she’s in love with a man at the law firm she works at. Unfortunately, everything in her life gets ruined one after the other.

DNA testing connects Rachel and
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately drawn into this book and couldn't put it down. Such a great cast of characters that were very likable and very real, each had their own story to tell, and the setting in Provincetown, MA had me yearning to be right there in that beach town running a bed and breakfast like the Beach Rose Inn. This book had a lot of heart, some surprises that I didn't see coming, but most of all I think it showed the importance of family, honesty and trust. This is definitely a great read and I h ...more
Melissa Veras
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this so much ♥
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This little gem of a book caught my attention immediately not only because of the beautiful book cover but also this line, " Mrs. Cabral, my name is Rachel. I live in L.A. And I'm pretty sure your're my...grandmother." So on this rainy day in Illinois the author took me, the reader, to a sunny beachside town in Massachusetts where I stayed at the Beach Rose Inn. Oh how I wish this were true! The two main characters, Marin and Rachel, discover that they may be half-sisters. Both journey to Provin ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, netgalley, fiction
This was a lovely read about a family with a lot of secrets and drama that they need to overcome. I loved the atmosphere and the descriptions of the area and the locals. It was a great beachy read. It had a bit too much angst in some parts for my taste, but those parts were minor. Also, there was a little too much of a "neat bow" ending, but it was still really enjoyable getting there. 3.5★

Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing me with a free electronic copy in exchan
Christine Moore
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I absolutely loved this book! It drew me in and didn't let go! I binge read until I finished it as I couldn't put it down! I loved all the characters and their stories. The setting was just beautiful. I truly could picture myself in Provincetown staying at the Beach Rose Inn and collecting the ocean's treasures on the beach with Amelia and Marin. It is a beautiful story of family, love, and secrets. I received an ARC of the book for an honest review.
May 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Not my typical genre. I was wanting a family drama, but one that was lighter than some of the heavier ones I read. The Forever Summer hit the spot, and I loved the cover.
This is a fairly typical summer read; a little drama, family relationships, life changing mistakes made by pretty much every main character, forgiveness, and romance (so not my thing).
I liked the characters, although some of their storylines were a bit fafetched, but letting go for summer read allows for a bit of plot lenien
Jun 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well that was a complete waste - ridiculous amount of drama crammed into the time frame (all that was missing was the inn burning down, and the women huddling together on the lawn crying that they'll rebuild) and then implausibly neat happy endings for them all?

I knew it was chick lit so I didn't go in with high expectations, but it truly was ludicrous. Oh, I can say one good thing: clean language and no graphic sex scenes.
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book stole my heart. From the very first marvelous chapter to the emotional words on the very last page I was glued to every sentence and invested in every character and dying to know how it was all going to work out.

I adored The Beach Rose Inn and found myself wanting to spend some time there with Marin, Rachel and Amelia. They all felt so real to me and for me that's the absolute hallmark of fabulous writing. This author had me feeling a part of this book from the very first page. It's ra
Linda Zagon
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I absolutely loved everything about "The Forever Summer" by Jamie Brenner! Kudos to Jamie for such a heartwarming and emotional read.
The genre of this novel is Women's Fiction.
The descriptions of the scenic beach were wonderful. One could certainly identify with the characters collecting seashells, and walking barefoot in the sand, or walking on the rocks by the water. The Beach Side Inn has such a cozy feel, with a close community of people.
The characters were flawed, complex, complicated wi
Lisa Montanaro
Jamie Brenner has done it again! She writes characters that make you really really care about them. They're so unbelievably real. You feel like they're your own sister, mother, best friend, boyfriend, etc. You love them, despite all of their flaws and the fact that they sometimes drive you crazy. This book is a perfect summer read (although I'm sure you will enjoy it any time of year!). It examines the concept of family, our biological one, and the one that we make on our own. It deals with lots ...more
May 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-arcs
A broken engagement. A forbidden affair. The loss of a prestigious job. The announcement that her parents are getting divorced. What else could possibly happen to shake up Marin Bishop's already wrecked life?

The final bombshell comes with the arrival of twenty-two year old Rachel Moscowitz—Marin's half-sister—and the painful discovery that Marin's beloved father isn't really her father, after all. Shattered and in denial, Marin nevertheless agrees to travel with Rachel to the Beach Rose Inn in P
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a gem of a story! The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner, my first by her. I am ready to pick up and leave for vacation in P-town. I want to soak up the eclectic, free spirit vibe there. This is a wonderful story of family, friends, community and they are often pieces that fit together in ways that will surprise you. Grab your beach chair and settle in for a perfect beach read. There are secrets, hidden letters and a journal, old love and new love and family drama. At the heart of it all ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As the days grow longer and the temperatures warm, the thoughts of readers everywhere turn to beach books. This is especially true of book clubs. After a winter of heavy reading, you likely yearn to kick off your boots and sip your freshly pedicured toes into something dreamy. So as you look ahead to your reads for the coming months, let me recommend The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner.

I became a huge fan of Jamie Brenner after reading her wonderful debut, The Wedding Sisters. I think The Foreve
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I prioritized The Forever Summer after Tracie Banister told me it was one of her favorites this year. I can definitely see why she would recommend it. Jamie Brenner has a way of engaging her readers from the very first line all the way until the end. I found myself not wanting to put it down and just breezing through the pages.

All the main characters were sympathetic in various ways. They had a lot of stress and worry in their lives. Watching everything come together for them was interesting an
Tiffany Foskey
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book of Jamie Brenner's and I have to say wow!!!!!!! Love her style of writing and this book did not disappoint. Marin is a high powered lawyer until an affair with a co worker ends her career and an email changes her life forever. I will definitely read more of this author and i highly recommend her books to everyone
Eva • All Books Considered
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beach-reads
Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 3.5 STARS

I really liked this one - I read it in one sitting because it was immediately engaging. You don't quite understand how all of these families are going to come together but then secrets are revealed and it just makes sense. The setting was awesome, of course, but it also felt unique in that it was not just a typical beach town. I loved that the Portuguese culture was a big part of the book. In the book, there's also a focus on mosaics a
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Jamie Brenner is the bestselling author of the THE FOREVER SUMMER, THE HUSBAND HOUR, and THE WEDDING SISTERS. Her next book, DRAWING HOME, will publish on May 7. She lives in New York City and spends her summers visiting the beach towns that inspire her novels.. For contact info, tour dates, and book clubs please visit