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The Book of Summer

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,447 ratings  ·  453 reviews
"Michelle Gable has moved in on [Elin] Hilderbrand's home turf with a humorous and smartly written story of two generations of love and vacations." --Wall Street Journal

New York Times Bestselling Author of A Paris Apartment

The ocean, the wild roses on the dunes and the stunning Cliff House, perched atop a bluff in Sconset, Nantucket. Inside the faded pages
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books
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In the first chapter, there is reference made to Bess’s brother Clay and his “nine-months-pregnant wife”. Whether or not this child is nam…more
In the first chapter, there is reference made to Bess’s brother Clay and his “nine-months-pregnant wife”. Whether or not this child is named after the founder of Cliff House, Sarah Young (Bess’s great-grandmother), is entirely open to interpretation. (less)

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Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
COMING OUT 5.9.2017!
Confession time: if novels are children, this is my favorite book kid by far.

I conceived of THE BOOK OF SUMMER after reading an article in Vanity Fair about the gorgeous, grand homes on the Sankaty Bluff in Siasconset (known as Sconset), the easternmost spot on Nantucket Island. Many of these homes have been in families for generations and are now in danger of falling into the sea due to erosion. I immediately pictured a home with ninety-nine years of history and memories pa
Diana | Book of Secrets
May 27, 2017 marked it as sorry-not-for-me
Unfortunately, I'm stopping at 20%. Everything about this book's synopsis and cover appealed to me, so I don't know what happened! Well, yes I do. The bantering between characters got on my nerves - a lot of dialogue, and too much waiting for the plot to get moving. I was curious about the erosion/cliff house conundrum, so I did have to peek at the ending to see what happened. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This beauty was a bookmail surprise this week! I was in the mood for a beach read, and this highly entertaining jaunt, with plenty of substance, was perfect. If you've ever fallen in love with a house; the history, the memories, the connections to generations of your family within those walls, there is much to relate to in this book. The Cliff House in Nantucket is in danger of falling into the ocean, and Cissy Codman is trying her best to not only preserve the physical house, but to preserve wh ...more
Cindy Burnett
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
The Book of Summer takes place in Nantucket and focuses on the women of Cliff House, a beautiful home that is slowly falling into the sea due to erosion. The story is told in a dual timeline format with the inclusion of sporadic newspaper articles and entries in the Book of Summer, a book in which every individual coming to Cliff House writes an entry as he or she arrives at the house. The present day story revolves around Bess Codman and her mother Cissy, who refuses to leave Cliff House even a ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it

A summer home filled with years of memories, a book filled with years of written memories, and a home that is eroding away and about to fall off the cliff.

The Cliff House, appropriately named, has been the summer home on Nantucket for the Young/Packard/Codman family for over one hundred years. The women maintained the house, but now only Cissy is left, and she doesn't want to give up and face the reality that the house will be falling into the ocean before too long.

To help her mother come to the
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
The revelation of generation after generation of family secrets, all tied to an unforgettable summer home named Cliff House, is the focus of bestselling author Michelle Gable’s third novel. The Book of Summer is set over the course of two weeks in Nantucket but it also traces back to pre World War II. Gable expertly binds together fact and fiction, to produce a moving family tale of three generations of women who passed through the doors of the summer home,
Apr 23, 2017 marked it as dnf
Read to about 50% but just wasn't feeling it or enjoying it. Got tired of Bess and Cissie and the house problem. Didn't like the language and in many parts of the book there was too much dialogue. While many readers have enjoyed this, it may be a case of "just not for me'. I was drawn in by the title and the cover.
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
I started this day thinking I'd get some housework done, but I started reading Michelle Gable's new novel coming out soon and completely got sucked in! I spent the entire day reading! That doesn't happen often and I'm so glad it did!

"The Book of Summer" is a perfect read for me. It has a lot of family between the pages, an old house, family history and an island full of wonderful characters. Cissy was my favorite. She's an older woman who is about to lose her home to the ocean and is not accepti
Judy D Collins
Storyteller, Michelle Gable returns following I’ll See You in Paris and A Paris Apartment with her latest Nantucket summer charmer (her best yet): THE BOOK OF SUMMER — a multi-generational story of family, home, the courage of tenacious women and the special memories of Cliff House.

Rich in history and character, a scandalous, emotional, and witty tale of family and saving a home. The past, loss and loves, and all the lives which connect. A perfect mix of historic and contemporary.

Based on
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in an exchange for an honest review.. all my opinions are my own :)

It may have been her first book and I don't know if it was on Amazon or Goodreads I saw this but I remembering seeing "Perfect for fans of Kate Morton".. not exact phrasing (it was a bit longer) but it got me excited since Kate Morton is one of my auto-buy authors so when the giveaway came up on Goodreads I jumped at the chance.

Maybe I set my expectations too high between the blurb/syn
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Book of Summer

Michelle Gable

Received from Netgalley

Bess Codman has just returned to her family's home in Nantucket. She is shocked by the condition of Cliff House. It is just about to fall into the ocean and she can't believe her mother is actually staying inside of it. She tries to convince her mother, Cissy to leave, but she is having none of it. She wants to move the house back from the water, but it is huge and Bess just doesn't see this happening. THE BOOK OF SUMMER is all about these t
Copy received through NetGalley

Mrs. Gable is consistent with her writing. You always end up with an interesting story, told with beautiful writing, and masterfully executed dual storyline.
The Book of Summer it's a really entertaining read. Beautifully paced with characters that shine, and a great style. I loved the setting of the story, but I loved most was a certain summery atmosphere throughout. This might be the perfect beach read.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. All of the main characters were fantastic and so well written with all of their character flaws on display. The main characters are Bess - a physician from California who has returned to Nantucket to help her mom pack up her house; Cissy - Bess's mom who is a real rebel;
Ruby - Bess's grandmother who is long deceased but tells much of the story and The Cliff House - the magnificent house, build by Bess's parents that is now close to falling into the sea due to erosion of the c
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall, this is highly enjoyable. I enjoy dual timeline stories, and find that I usually prefer the older timeline - this is no exception. Reading about Ruby and her life was entertaining and heartbreaking, but I just loved her.

The modern timeline is fine, but I found both females to be just a bit annoying at times. The concept of the "Book of Summer" was great and I'm sure I would love to actually read something like that. The entries in this one were intriguing. As I said, a highly enjoyable
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thank you goodreads for this win. Always exciting to get a book in the mail and hopefully give a positive review. I really wanted to like and finish this book and I tried up to page 90. For me the story started out slow and I quickly became tired of the bantering between Cissy and Bess. I kind of found Cissy annoying and unreasonable. I really cared about the house as I love old houses but I just didn't fall in love with any of the characters. Don't let this review dissuade others from reading a ...more
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love stories of old houses and the family secrets! I was caught up in the history of Cliff House and was on edge as the edge of the cliff came closer. The story also drew me into the emotions and struggles of the men and families during the war.
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Enjoyable beachy read set in Nantucket with lots of family secrets and drama! It's also dual-timelined with stories in each period revolving around Cliff House, which is a marvelous, 99 year-old summer home slowly losing its life from erosion. It's so meaningful to each generation and Cissy, the eccentric matriarch of modern line, just doesn't want to let go. Her daughter Bess is going through a trying time of her own but grows to see the true feelings Cliff House invokes when she disc
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
If a house could talk what would it say? What secrets would be hidden in its walls? What would happen if that house didn't exist any longer?

The Book of Summer is about such a house — Cliff House. Perched precariously on a bluff in Sconset, Nantucket, Cliff House and its 90 year history is doomed to wash into the ocean. Bess has returned to the house to help her mother pack up..... however her mother has other plans.

Gable's narrative unravels two stories -- that of Bess and that of Ruby, Bess's
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Book of Summer is an enjoyable read that takes place in one of my favorite places to escape to (when reading!), Nantucket. About to be divorced from her rat-of-a-husband, Bess is in Nantucket at the urging of her father, to get her mom out of their home. Cliff House, the family’s summer home, has been there for generations, but is about to become one with the ocean after it plummets down with the eroding bluff. Ciss, Bess’s stubborn, pain in the ass mother, refuses to leave. What follows is ...more
Laura Rash
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Loved the setting in Nantucket. Good strong women characters that were entertaining especially Bess.
Susan Peterson
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Book of Summer is an enchanting book about a house and the people who have lived in it for 99 years. Cliff House was built on a bluff in Nantucket 99 years earlier, but the bluff has given way to time and erosion, and Dr. Bess Codman has returned to convince her mother, Cissy, that it's time to leave the house, before the house literally falls down around her. Coming back to Cliff House stirs up so many memories for Bess, who is at a crossroads in her own life. While packing she uncovers The ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I am a big fan of Michelle Gable's writing style and I do think that think book was true to her style. I, however, was not a huge fan of this one. I didn't connect to the characters at all. I felt like they were held at a distance, except for Ruby who I thought had a lot of spirit.

I wasn't a fan of one of the things used a big plot point that was meant to be a dramatic realization that changed Ruby's life and those of her children and children's children. I find the use of this particular thing
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. I really felt like I escaped to Nantucket! The house is a main character in this book and I loved that. The dual storytelling is fantastic and you go back in time and current time and it's filled with characters you will loathe and love. The Author keeps you guessing as to the mystery of family secrets. Their is some romance too so this book will be one of your favorites for the summer!
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a book about a book and a house and a family. The 'Book of Summer' is in Cliff House, the summer home of the family and is located in Nantucket. The house has been in the family for generations and each person who stays at the house writes about their stay in the book. Unfortunately due to erosion the house is now not stable and must be demolished. Bess has come home to insist that her mother, Cissy, move out before the house ends up in the ocean. Cissy is resistant, boisterous, and cant ...more
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
erosion on Nantucket
weirdly constructed story with bizarre characters to tell the story of house on a cliff about to sink

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Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Book Of Summer By Michelle Gable Is A Beautifully Written Book That Readers Won’t Be Able To Put Down.
Gable does a fantastic job in taking the reader into the lives of Ruby (the grandmother) and Bess (the granddaughter) through the entries in The Book of Summer.

I love the way in which the reader is taken back to the 1940s and the real-life events surrounding Ruby’s family and how they dealt with them. Ruby, her family, and friends go from having everything, including hired help, to later doi
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bess Codman returns to her childhood home after four years with one mission. To get her cantankerous mother Caroline (Cissy) out of the home that her great grandmother had built 99 years ago. It was built on a bluff high above the ocean in Nantucket. That bluff has been and is falling slowly away. There is about ten feet left before the house starts to go. Cissy is determined that she is going to save the house. The tennis courts are gone, the pool is gone, the yard is gone, everything is gone i ...more
Christine Moore
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is a beautiful story of a house and the women who have lived in it. The Cliff House was built by Bess's great grandmother in Nantucket. Due to erosion the beautiful old house is falling into the sea. Bess has returned to the Cliff House to pack up her mom Cissy and get her moved out before the house collapses. The house also has a guestbook, the Book of Summer, that the owners and the visitors write in. Through this book, Bess learns so much about her beloved grandmother Ruby. We learn of f ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, reviewed
UPDATE: I like a summer/beach/fun/pool/shady porch read. And the one thing I don't want in my beach read is rather hateful political opinions thrown around, especially at the most likeable person in this book. So, minus another star, for a two star rating.
Original Review:
I wasn't sure about this one when I picked it up off the "new and notable" shelves at the library. I read the reviews/blurbs on the back jacket of this book and the sources were respectable: Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Roanoke
Linda Zagon
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed and would highly recommend "The Book Of Summer" By Michele Gable. The genres of this book are Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction and Adult Fiction.

I like the way that Michelle Gabe describes the opulence and elegance of the Cliff Mansion in Nantucket, and the history of the family that has lived there. The timeline is in the past, and in the present, In the present, Cliff House is in danger of falling into the sea. Erosion and storms have caused this disaster waiting to happe
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Michelle Gable is the New York Times Bestselling author of A PARIS APARTMENT, I'LL SEE YOU IN PARIS, THE BOOK OF SUMMER, and THE SUMMER I MET JACK.

Michelle grew up in San Diego and attended The College of William & Mary, where she majored in accounting, as most aspiring writers do. After a twenty-year career in finance, Michelle now writes full-time. She lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, wi

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