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The Summer House

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,171 ratings  ·  172 reviews
Some summers will stay with you forever...

Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast.

Kindle Edition, 282 pages
Published June 9th 2017 by Bookouture
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May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Callie Weaver is ready for a new start in life, she and her best friend Olivia have just invested in a beach house that they are renovating to open as a bed and breakfast at North Carolina’s Outer Banks. As busy as Callie has been preparing for their opening the last thing on her mind was a relationship but when a chance encounter with local heartthrob Luke Sullivan happens Callie finds herself wanting to get to know him.

While Callie and Olivia are working on the house they stumble across an ol
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
I'm beginning to see a trend in the books I'm choosing lately. They all seem to be about summer and beaches! Who knew? I love those things so I guess it's appropriate.

"The Summer House" by Jenny Hale was a really enjoyable read. I read it quickly because it was hitting home. The Outer Banks is one of my favorite places in the US to just be myself. I would love, and can picture myself, in a cottage on the shore there (a far cry from where I love - just dreaming). This book sent me there and it ma
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Can we please take a moment to appreciate the beauty of that cover?! I mean seriously, it’s stunning, it makes me want to dive right in. The Summer House was a perfectly satisfying summer read that I devoured in an afternoon. It had me longing to have my toes in the sand and the sea breeze in my hair, meanwhile I’m actually in Arizona where ninety something degrees is considered “not too hot at all!” Sigh.

Callie was the sort of character that
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Callie and her friend Olivia decided to buy and restore the cottage across from Olivia's grandmother Gladys. They want to open a bed and breakfast by the late summer and therefore they have a lot of work to do before that. Callie and Olivia are both focused on work and didn't have romance in mind, but life had other plans and Callie's path collides with a local millionaire Luke. She's a bit hesitant, but the time she spend with Luke showed that he's way more than a playboy with a lot of money. T ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Highly enjoyable summer feel-good read! Would be a great beach book. Has all the right elements to make for fun vacation reading, but also is great to read at home (like I did). It has romance, friendship, and family secrets with a picturesque setting of the Outer Banks. And that cover!! Gorgeous! Perfectly describes what you'll get out of The Summer House.

Callie & Olivia, friends since childhood, are pooling their resources to buy/open a bed and breakfast in a beach house both have long ad
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: release-2017
The Summer House by Jenny Hale is a well-written fun novel about family relationships, romance and a scandalous diary all mixed into an entertaining read. This was an enjoyable summertime read!
Rachel Gilbey
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heart-warming story of two women attempting to set up a new guest house, which contains a sweet romance, a slight mystery and a great feel of a small coastal location in North Carolina.

I really enjoyed the characters in this story, especially the leads Callie and Luke. Callie is focused on work and trying to get The Beachcomber ready for guests, and is really closed off to potential romances. She finds a journal that belonged to the previous owner that could contain secrets.

Callie is literally s
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Callie Weaver and her best friend Olivia Dixon are starting over. With Olivia's son in tow, they have purchased a large beach house and are renovating to open as a bed and breakfast on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Callie and Olivia are doing a lot of work themselves so the last thing they have time for is a relationship. The timing does not always work as planned. When Callie runs into Luke Sullivan (rich, heartthrob playboy), something happens to both of them. As they tentatively begin to ...more
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➳What an adorable summer romance novel, looking forward to writing the review coming soon...

➳ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review coming closer to release date...

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Shell Baker
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book that I have read by Jenny Hale, so I am familiar with the author's writing. And once again Jenny doesn't disappoint in this beautiful, heartwarming summer read.

Transporting us to the white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, with stunning descriptions that made you feel right there in the story. We meet Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon. Who are doing up a Beach house to open it has a Bed and Breakfast. Then along comes pretty boy local heartthrob Luke Sullivan
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 4-stars

I'm a fan of Jenny Hale's writing,I love to read her stories during Christmas and Summer times and this was not an exception.I really liked this lovely, warm, summery, colourful story.

The author made a beautiful work with the description of the landscape,I'm italian so when I closed this book I went on google to look to some Outer Banks pictures and they looked like what I have envisioned while reading.

Callie, our heroine,is so focused on the success of her business she thinks there is no time

Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2-review
If you are looking for a great beach read, look no further! I am a fan of Jenny Hale's and I love this new story. From the gorgeous cover to the gorgeous characters to a plot that sucks you in on the first page, this is what summer reading is all about.

As someone who lived on the Outer Banks for 10 years, I was transported back there in The Summer House and I found myself wishing I had a friends like Callie and Olivia. As we join them to renovate The Beachcomber Inn, we get a summer full of fri
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Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
That picture on the front of this book, well it sums up this story perfectly. Callie Weaver has invested everything she has into the Beach house in the Outer Banks. I'm a fan of Jenny Hale and I must say that this latest book was just what the doctor ordered for me. Jenny Hale manages to do a wonderful job of describing this quaint town with it's stunning white beaches and I could almost picture the house that Callie is renovating. Her and her childhood friend Olivia want to reopen the house as ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Callie and her best friend Olivia have moved to the Outer Banks, Carolina to follow their childhood dream of buying the cottage across from Olivia's grandmother Gladys and restoring it to its former glory as a bed and breakfast. The women have their work cut out for them as they hurry to get the cottage renovated and ready for a late Summer opening. Too busy for romance and other complications, and burdened by past issues, the women are both solely focused on achieving their dreams but fate, lov ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story is simple; Callie and Olivia have invested in a beach house to convert it into bed and breakfast. During the renovations they find a journal which releases the secrets it had been hiding within its pages and some would affect the people close to them
Jenny Hale has written a perfect summery story, meant to be read in the light sun by the sea with tea and cookies. Her descriptions and the flow of the story transported me directly on the sandy beach into the home and heart of the characte
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Woowee!!! I want to go to the beach and open an ice cream shop!! The story was so many summer memories with sand and ocean plus dogs and kids...seagulls and soft breezes. It had a great story with rich characters plus twists and turns. Fun!!
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
For 3 years now I read all new releases from Jenny and this time was no exception. I couldn't wait to read her new summer book and I am very happy that I did! In this story we are by the beach renovating a house into a bed and breakfast. Like in every Jenny Hale's book, the main male character is a rich and handsome man and with whom the main female character will get involved. I really enjoyed reading this book despite the fact that almost every Jenny Hale's book have almost the same story line ...more
Janet McCarthy
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the The Summer House as it was filled with intrigue, romance, friendship and family secrets.

Callie Weaver and her best friend, Olivia decide it’s time for fresh start and invest in a beach house.  Their plan is to renovate and open the house as a bed & breakfast at North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Whilst out getting some lunch one day, Callie unexpectedly meets local heartthrob, Luke Sullivan.  She finds herself drawn to him, despite feeling that a relationship is the furthest thing fro
jennifer Hardwich
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
No character development, didn't really explain the characters pasts and how they were able to buy this house, being that it's in the Outer Banks and had to be several million dollars. Main character is very unsophisticated and kind of socially awkward and would never realistically attract the love interest, Luke. Frustrating, because the ideas have potential, but they are not well articulated and therefore just not believable.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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** I received an advanced readers copy from Bookouture via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Callie and her best friend Olivia bought the summer home that they admired on the Outer Banks as children with the hopes of turning it into a successful bed and breakfast. With renovations and a time crunch in front of them, Callie never dreamt that a potential love interest would be in her future. A chance run
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are some book releases from several authors that I look forward to every year. Jenny Hale is one of them. It's one of those scenarios where I hope I'm lucky enough to receive an advanced copy so I don't need to wait just quite as long, but know I'm going to pre-order my own copy anyway! Jenny's latest Summer novel is here and takes us straight back to the Outer Banks.

The Summer House is all about Callie and Luke. Callie is finally beginning to realise her dream of owning a B&B with her
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Callie and her best friend Olivia have put their savings together and they have bough the The Beachcomber. It’s a lovely beach house on the Outer Bnks of North Carolina. Their dream is to open it as a bed and breakfast and Callie spends every day getting the house ready.

However, she catches the attention of gorgeous Luke Sullivan, who comes across as a bit of a player. Callie gets to know him though and realises that he is differe
The Summer House by Jenny Hale was a great summer read. It had all the important ingredients: HOT and famous boyfriend, two best friends starting over, a huge hurricane and a family secret. What is not to love!

Two best friends, Callie and Oliva buy an older house on the coast in North Carolina. They have worked tirelessly preparing the house for a quaint bed and breakfast. Meanwhile Callie meets Luke Sullivan - seriously hot material! He begins to ask Callie out and things are looking rosy. Then
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May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a well-written, fun, light-hearted romance you’ll fall in love with thanks to a heartwarming plot, great group of characters and a beautiful North Carolina setting all rolled together to make the perfect summer escape.

The storyline is fabulous and includes a great twist as it winds down towards the end making you wish there would be a sequel so you can follow where this great couple go next. It’s one of those books you can easily fall into and binge your way to the finish without taking
Bette Hansen
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The perfect beach read! A nice well written easy story with well developed characters and a great pace that's perfect for relaxing.

Needing changes in their lives Callie and her best friend Olivia decide now is the time to buy, renovate, and open the B&B they've been dreaming about since they were kids vacationing on the outer banks. The last thing Callie has time for is a new romance but for Luke Sullivan making the time seems well worth it. The paparazzi may have painted him as an uncaring
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.
This is my first try at a book by author Jenny Hale. This was a great read with strong and well-developed characters and a believable plot. There was a small mystery withing the story, but the book was not a mystery. Two best friends are renovating a summer house in the Outer Banks and plan to turn it into a bed and breakfast. Along the way, they encounter family, old and new friends and of course a romantic interest or two. Beautifully wri
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

One of the main reasons I chose to read this book was the cover. It's just so darn cute and the book did not disappoint! I found myself smiling through the whole book and not wanting the book to end. The only thing I disliked about the book was the ending seemed abrupt. I wish there was another chapter or two to tell more about Claire and Luke's relationship. I hope there will be a second book! Overall the book was a
By now I have read a few books by Jenny Hale and she just never disappoints me.

The Summer House is a lovely feel good romance which is set in a small town on the Outer Banks. The atmosphere is cosy and has a summery touch to it.

The characters are loveable and I really liked Callie and Luke. They had a charming chemistry and Luke was such a sweet guy.

I wish there had been a bit more about the B&B Callie and her best friend set up.

The book is a perfect beach read with a HEA.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great beach read set in . . . a beach house! I enjoyed reading this book, while a little cheesy sometimes, it was a fun read. The blurb was absolutely correct in saying "a gorgeous, feel good romance that will have you hooked"! The added bonus of a secret diary hiding a huge secret made it very interesting, as well.

Thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.
Gwen Kozlowski
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Slow Start - Good Ending

I wasn't sure about this one at first. None of the characters really grabbed me. At about the half way mark some tension was introduced and it really picked up. If you have the patience to stick with it, it's a decent summer read.
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When I graduated college, one of my friends said, “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day.” Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to me.

Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t.

While I didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, an
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