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Sailing Lessons

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  402 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Wrenn Bailey has lived all her life on Cape Cod with her mother and sisters. Her father—brilliant but troubled photographer Caleb—has long made a habit of drifting in and out of his girls’ lives. Until the one summer he left the Cape and did not return again.

Now, almost twenty years later, Caleb has come back one last time, suffering from pancreatic cancer and seeking abso
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2018
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Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you back in.”

I really enjoyed this story. “Sailing Lessons” explores how a family copes after the father leaves but then drops back into their lives twenty-four years later.

Wren, Shannon, and Piper Bailey were used to their father coming and going when they were young. But one summer he leaves and doesn't return. His leaving effects his three daughter
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Four Come Sail Away stars to Sailing Lessons! ⛵️ ⛵️ ⛵️ ⛵️

I am beginning to rely on this author for summer, beachy reads centered around family with lots of heart. Every year, I am looking for Hannah McKinnon’s newest, and I was thrilled to be approved for an early copy of Sailing Lessons, which publishes tomorrow!

Cape Cod is the beatific setting, and Wrenn Bailey has lived there her entire life, along with her sisters, Shannon and Piper, and her mother, Lindy.

Wrenn’s father, Caleb, was absent
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 stars for this contemporary fiction family drama, about an eventful summer for a family living on Cape Cod. Abandoned by their troubled father Caleb after a near-tragedy when the girls were young, the three Bailey sisters, now in their late twenties and early thirties, have grown up strong and close-knit. Shannon is a type A over-achiever who overschedules her kids’ lives but seems to have it all together. Wren is a single mother to five year old Lucy, opening a new artsy, eco-friendly store ...more
Sarah Joint
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alright... this one got to me. There were quite a few parallels to my own life, which I won't get into here. I'll just say this one made me cry a few times. It's a very powerful book, about family and forgiveness, love and moving on. A very emotional read in a beautiful, striking setting with some light, cute, and funny moments interspersed with the drama. The three sisters are the main characters, and they all have their own demons and have made their own mistakes. They've dealt with their fath ...more
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Sailing Lessons

Hannah McKinnon

I have never read a book by Hannah McKinnon before but after reading SAILING LESSONS I will read every book she has written. I instantly felt like I was back on Cape Cod dodging seagulls and feeling the sand between my toes. Piper, Wren, and Shannon Bailey were used to their father, Caleb, leaving for a while when they were kids. But he always came home. Then one day, he leaves and doesn't come back. Obviously all their lives are effected by him leaving but their mo
The Bailey sisters grew up on Cape Cod--and overall, they are fairly close. The sisters are particularly bonded by the fact that their father, Caleb, left when they were small, after a traumatic incident that affected each sister in their own way. Wren remained on the island and is now raising her daughter, Lucy, while juggling an attempt to open a small business. Her older sister, Shannon, is a perfectionist leading a picture-perfect Cape life with her husband and three children: at least that' ...more
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Forgiveness is a key element in Sailing Lessons by Hannah McKinnon--forgiveness of others and more importantly, forgiveness of self.
The Bailey sisters have all dealt with their father's absence in their lives in different ways, so when he contacts Wren that he's returning to Cape Cod after 20 years, it's not surprising that Shannon, Wren, and Piper all react differently to his arrival and the news he brings with him.
Shannon, the oldest, has tried to live a perfect life and rejects her fathers re
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
This is my first Hannah Mckinnon book, though I own another. I have to say it will not be my last. I love stories centered around families and sisters especially. I did have a favorite sister - Wren. There was just something very relatable about her. Plus she opened a store in town and I so wanted to go shopping there! This book had a lot going on but it all worked. I love how it progressed even if it was a tad predictable at times. It was done well so I didn't care if I saw some things coming. ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sailing Lessons
Hannah McKinnon

What it's all about...

The Bailey girls...Lindy, Shannon, Wren and Piper have lived for over 20 years without their father...a gifted brilliant alcoholic man. But now Caleb wants to come home. Not everyone wants this to happen. What is his reason for returning now? His family has no idea and some of them aren’t all that happy about his return. It’s quite an interesting turn of events...isn’t it?

Why I wanted to read it...

This book takes place on Cape Cod...which im
Jamie Rosenblit
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Review to come
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
The Bailey sisters, Wrenn, Shannon, and Piper, grew up on Cape Cod and although this sounds like an idyllic childhood, it wasn't always. For starters, the girls' father left them after an upsetting incident on the island and this has always haunted them. It's now twenty years later and the three women have families of their own as well as issues of their own. But one fateful summer, Caleb, their father, reenters their life without any warning. The girls aren't sure why he wants to reconnect with ...more
Karen Trosterud
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It is story about 3 sisters and losing their relationship with their father and slowly getting it back when he shows up after years of being away! Loved the relationships these sisters had together..I loved how each of them had a difference of opinion about how to accept him bck into their lives! Highly recommend. I was given an arc of this book from netgalley
mindful.librarian ☀️
3.5 stars - I love sister beach books and I really liked this one until it dissolved at the end. Way too quickly wrapped up and somewhat confusing in the last 20 or so pages which I was bummed about. I will read her future works though.
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Sailing Lessons by author Hannah McKinnon is filled with family love, drama, secrets, and forgiveness. It is a wonderful story about Lindy Bailey and her daughters Shannon, Wrenn, and Piper who live on Cape Cod. They managed to pull together twenty years earlier when a very troubled Caleb left them after a boating accident.
The author brings out a very important point in the telling of this story. Each child may have a different experience with a parent as they are growing up due to the family d
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my kind of book. It is in the style of Elin Hilderbrand, Nancy Thayer and Nan Rossiter, some of my favorite novelists. It is the story of family, strong women, life and its events; no mystery, no historical flashbacks to past generations, just real life and how people handle it.
This is the story of the Bailey women, Lindy, the mother of three daughters, Shannon, Wren, and Piper. It starts when the girls are small children. Their mother has gone out and their father, Caleb, decides to tak
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This books explores the lives of three young girls who grow into adulthood and their mother after their father disappears from their lives. Wrenn, Shannon and Piper , along with their mother Lindy, live in Cape Cod. Lindy does remarry and they have a wonderful step father who loves them and makes their mother happy. When father Caleb returns after 20 years, he confides to Wrenn that he is dying of cancer and wants her to keep his secret from her sisters. All the girls feel different about his re ...more
Hannah Mary McKinnon
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hannah McKinnon weaves such heartfelt, beautiful stories in wonderful settings, it's impossible not to fall completely in love with her novels. I adore her tales about flawed families, loss, love and hope, and can't wait for the next one.
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book about 3 sisters whose father deserts the family when they are young. All three have coped with that in very different ways and they all have different reactions when the father reappears 20 years later. The family dynamics between the sisters, with their mother, their stepfather, and their returned father all make for a very good read. The book’s setting is Cape Cod and having grown up spending summers on a lake, I always think it’s interesting to read about a resort community and how the ...more
Angie Crabtree-Liezel and Angie's Book Blog
Such a great book about family, loss, redemption and courage to face the past. I love the Cape Cod setting and the characters kept you on your toes.

I hated some of the decisions from the characters and it drove me absolutely batty. The plot was predictable but that didn’t stop me from loving it. I loved the drama and how everything unfolded. If you love family dramas then this is a must read.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good read. I enjoyed reading about this family on Cape Cod. I recommend this beachy read.
Amy Bergstrand
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story centers around three sisters and their father who returns to their lives after leaving them 24 years earlier. Their father wants to see them but each has very different feelings about letting him back into their lives. The hurt that his leaving caused has manifested very differently in each of them. This book is heart warming and heart breaking and does a decent job tying together a fractured family through understanding, perseverance and forgiveness. This story was relatable to me an ...more
Josie Mae
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Do you love chic lit, beach reads, or family drama (safely within a book of course)? Then you will thoroughly enjoy Sailing Lessons by Hannah McKinnon. Last summer, I read all of Nancy Thayer and Elin Hildebrand’s books, perfect beach reads set in places like Nantucket and Tuckernuck that involve families surviving turmoil and coming together. This summer, I will be reading Hannah McKinnon, whose work I was recently introduced to with Sailing Lessons.

Set in Cape Cod, the novel follows three sist
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful summer read, filled with family and mystery! You find yourself wondering what you would do in the sisters situation after all these years if your father came back, would you want to see him? Can he be trusted or will he leave again?!
Thank you to Netgalley for an advanced copy for an honest review.
Amy Ingalls
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway. I read a lot of uncorrected proofs, and expect some typos, but his went beyond that. There were so many continuity errors-- Hank opens the book, stating he had been with Lindy for 15 years. Other chapters say 20 and 24. Caleb has been gone nearly 20, 23, or 24. Dates and ages are all over the place. Character names are changed mid-book (Alice to Angela back to Alice; Darby to Eric); descriptions vary (Lucy has James's dark eyes, which are later descr ...more
Shelley Lawrence
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sailing Lessons was a remarkably emotional, moving novel in a “still waters run deep“ type of way. It was slow and subtle, meandering along its course at a pace that could not be rushed. It was a take-your-time type of novel, that you read with patience.

For much of the story, I strongly disliked most of the characters, and truly not a whole lot happens, action-wise. There were times I wanted to set the book aside, but something kept compelling me to pick it back up and carry on, drawing me back
This novel is about three adult sisters on Cape Cod, and the summer that their estranged father, who disappeared 24 years ago, suddenly returns. Each sister has dealt with his disappearance - and then his reappearance - in their own ways, and each also has their own issues. POV chapters alternate between the sisters with a smaller amount of POV chapters from the father and from the sisters' stepfather. I've been a big fan of Hannah McKinnon since her first book came out, so I'm sorry to say that ...more
Sherrie Howey
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the story of 3 sisters(Shannon, Wren and Piper) who have grown up on Cape Cod, raised primarily by their mom, Lindy. Their father has been out of their lives for years due to an incident which happened when the girls were young. The father returns after 24 years and each sister deals with his return in very different ways. I really admire Lindy who doesn't let her own feelings get in the way as to how her daughters deal with the return of their father.
While the main themes in this book a
Elyse Mcnulty
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you love Cape Cod, you MUST read this book. I love Cape Cod and miss all the wonderful towns and beaches. I could picture the streets and beaches the author was talking about. Many of the places are real like Where The Sidewalk Ends (bookstore), the Squire (for Fish and Chips), Monomoy Coffee Shop (been there) and Chatham Bars In (beautiful there).
The story is about a family of 3 Sisters, Wren, Shannon and Piper and their coming to terms with the absence of their father, Caleb, in their lives
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: won-on-goodreads
Twenty-four years after he left his family, Caleb Bailey returns to his Cape Cod hometown. His daughters-- Shannon, Wren, and Piper --have dealt with his absence and react to his return in different ways. The story is told from multiple POVs-- all the sisters, their stepfather Hank, and Caleb.

Overall, I really liked this book. I thought all the characters were realistic and mostly likeable (with the exceptions of Derek and Bitsy). I also found it refreshing that, for the most part, the characte
Cozy Cat Reviews
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of the author and looked forward to reviewing this book. The opinions are my own.
The defining location of Maine is so beautifully described here that you feel as if your in Maine. I love the authors well crafted descriptions of the area and the coastal feel. Add 4 sisters who had no contact with their alcoholic Father for 20 years with a family reunion of sorts and this was one perfect summer read. I enjoyed the relationships, the small town and the coastal descriptions. This is told
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