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The Summer We Lost Her

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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  96 reviews
It’s been a busy—and expensive—few years for Matt and Elise Sorenson and their young daughter Gracie, whom they affectionately call Little Green. Matt, a Manhattan lawyer, has just been offered a partnership, and Elise’s equestrian ambitions as a competitive dressage rider may finally vault her into the Olympics. But her long absences from home and endless hours of trainin ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Gallery Books
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Quirkyreader
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won this a a goodreads giveaway.

I enjoyed the way the story was written and the descriptions of Lake Placid, New York.

This story was a family drama with elements of thrillers as well as a bit of a mystery. It has a slow burn to it. So don’t give up on the story. Be patient and read to the ending.

It’s a good weekend read especially when the weather isn’t so great outside.

Kate ☀️ Olson
(free review copy) This book was MADE for book club discussions! Especially book clubs made up of middle-aged parents :-) A stellar domestic drama set in Lake Placid, NY, THE SUMMER WE LOST HER is atmospheric, taut, and rife with “What would I have done/felt?” opportunities. I raced through this story and highly recommend it for fans of Jodi Picoult and Lisa Genova.
Tish
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I enjoyed this domestic drama mystery. We see the hardships of balancing work, family, and passions. Then Matt and Elise's only child Gracie is kidnapped and we see the additional strain that puts on their life and relationship as they try to cope with that trauma while also trying to find their daughter. One thing I liked about this book is that it's not like some recent bestsellers which seem to be all about people who might look good on the outside but are rotten on the inside. In this story, ...more
JANELLE || WHATSHESEEES
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Big thanks to Gallery Books for my free copy of The Summer We Lost Her by Tish Cohen (advanced readers copy)

When getting this in the mail I immediately dived into it because for one the cover is beautiful and suddenly made me hugely intrigued on why lies beyond that house on the lake...

With that said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a very interesting dynamic between Matt Sorensen, his wife Elise, their Daughter Gracie all with the legacy his Grandfather Nate left behind. This was not onl
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Susan
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It was not a fast paced thriller but more like an introspective character study on marriage, childhood, and painful pasts. The setting was absolutely gorgeous and it made me want to go there. I wouldn’t say the ending was completely satisfying but i suppose it was more realistic.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Donna Hines
Their only daughter disappears. Matt the father and husband is enamored by a beauty queen next door. Elise the wife is trying her best to focus on her equestrian rides.
Now just one problem where is GRACIE?
Can their love survive?
Will the Sorenson family ever be the same?
What will happen to their past and their future together?
The Summer We Lost was a page turner.
Thank you to Tish and her publisher for both the ARC copy and the giveaway received through Goodreads.
A must read for Summer Fun!
Laura
Apr 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
I got to about 50% in this book, hoping something would happen to keep me reading...and I never got there.
Nnenna
May 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Gallery Books for giving me a free copy of this book for review!

Sadly, this book didn't quite deliver for me. It's a bummer too, because I was intrigued by the premise and hoped that it would be a solid summer read.

Matt and Elise head upstate to sell Matt's grandfather's old cabin on the lake. While they're away, Elise and Matt's lives are turned upside down when their daughter, Gracie, is taken. Their marriage was already strained due to Elise's frequent absences as she works as a
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Paul Pessolano
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
“The Summer We Lost Her” by Tish Cohen, published by Scout Press.

Category - Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – June 04, 2019.

Elise Sorenson seems destined for the Olympics in Equestrian Dressage. The travel and time away from home has been a hardship for her husband, Matt, and young daughter, Gracie. This is especially difficult since Gracie has a handicap due to an accident caused by a horse while Elise was pregnant.

In an effort to pay for all the bills Matt has decided to sell his father’s su
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Phyllis Krall
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Elise andMatt Sorenson are struggling to make their marriage work since Elise’s competitive equestrian training keeps her away from home a lot. Matt , a lawyer, is the one that their daughter Gracie can depend on, while her mother pursues her dreams to be in the Olympics.

The Sorenson’s agree to sell Matt’s grandfather’s cabin in the Adirondack’s, and go there to spend some quality family time. While they are there, Gracie suddenly disappears and the entire community searches for her. Elise blame
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Intellectual Magpie
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall I rate this a 4 star read. Went through it rather quickly. It would have gotten a better rating with less flashbacks... sadly sometimes you can do too much of a good thing. More of a drama then a fast paced mystery as you travel along with a couple and how they cope with their past through the stressful events they are dealing with when one day their only daughter goes missing. I did feel the final climatic ending was rushed when it came to the marriage and relationship... I enjoyed the ...more
Kaitlyn Vella
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
TYSM to Gallery Books for the advanced copy of this novel.

Wow, what a story. I was completely engrossed in the characters of this book from start to finish. The Summer We Lost Her tells the story of a family who goes through a tragic experience when their daughter completely vanishes from their lake house. As if that wasn't enough to rattle the Sorenson's, Matt and Elise are dealing with marital problems that stem back years. The Summer We Lost her dives into love, heartache, and what to do when
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Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
I struggled with how to rate this one. For me, it was just okay. I read it fairly quickly, but it felt like I was waiting for something more to happen and it ended up falling flat for me. I felt like things were wrapped up too quickly as well.

I downloaded this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily sharing my honest review. My opinion is not influenced in any way.
Diane Maiorana
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book from a giveaway and I'm so glad I did! I couldn't put the book down. I kept telling myself, "One more chapter..." it was a quick read and kept you guessing right up until the end. Definitely recommend!
Shannon Dyer
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, arc, women-s-fiction
Review to come at AAR.
Abby
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A compelling portrait of the give and take in a marriage, set in a seemingly idyllic vacation paradise that masks darker elements below. As a horse girl, I was intrigued by Elise's background as an elite dressage rider--but this isn't a "horse book," it's a relationship book. It's also not a thriller or a procedural--pick this up if you're a fan of Anna Quindlen, Sue Miller, etc.
Aimee
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Summer We Lost Her is an absolute gut punch. Tish Cohen has written amazing, complex and, in some cases, despicable characters.

This book is incredibly atmospheric - I could vividly picture Lake Placid and imagine myself right alongside Elise and Matt. Even though I knew Gracie was going to go missing, the moment in the book where it happens was still incredibly emotional.

I absolutely hated two characters in particular, to the point that my husband had to ask if I was okay because I scoffed
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Anne
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is a compelling family drama that shows what can happen when a husband and wife lose their way, and how tragedy can either break them or make them stronger.

Matt, a 50-something lawyer, and Elise, a 30-something Olympic-caliber equestrian, are in the Adirondacks to sell Matt's deceased grandfather's house. The trip started out badly when Matt and their 8-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy, Gracie, lef
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Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Elise Sorenson is driven. She's been working years to make it to the big time Olympics in her dressage event. Her sport keeps her away from home, her husband and daughter, and when she misses her daughter's play prior to a vacation trip to reconnect and sell her husband's family cabin in Lake Placid, all the cracks in their relationship start to widen.

Matt Sorenson is tired. He's been taking care of their daughter Gracie while Elise is training and competing. He's footed the bill for her sport,
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Audrey Adamson
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Summer We Lost Her promises emotional investment but instead delivers unlikeable characters without any depth.
Matt and Elise Sorenson head to the Adirondacks to sell a family home. This will be their first time for quality time in quite a while. Elise is competing in dressage with her eyes on Rio Olympics. Matt is a lawyer who mainly raises their daughter while Elise is off training and competing. Elise decides without Matt that their daughter will attend day came while they work on the hous
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Kathy
The Summer We Lost Her is a story about sacrifice, secrets, resentment, regrets, priorities, dreams, reconciliation and love.

Elise and Matt Sorenson are a couple trying to reconnect for a few weeks in Matt's grandfather's cabin in Lake Placid, NY. Matt, a Manhatten lawyer, has always been supportive of Elise's dream of being in the Olympics as an equestrian dressage rider, but her continual absences from home training for or riding in events to further her goal have stressed their marriage to t
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Nancy
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Family Haunted by Mistakes in the Present – and in the Past

The Sorenson’s need money. Matt, a lawyer, has been offered a partnership in his law firm, but he’ll have to buy in. Elise dreams of being an Olympic Equestrienne, but the expense of the horse and her competitive travel are a burden on the family. Gracie, their daughter, has special needs due to an accident Elise suffered before her birth.

Their big asset is a cabin on Lake Placid left to Matt by his grandfather Nate. Nate brought him
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Regina Lively
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AN HONEST LOOK AT LOVE, MARRIAGE & MOTHERHOOD

This novel was a stunning read. The main characters, Elise & Matt were genuine & human. Tish Cohen brings them to life by way of their flaws & their wrong decisions. In the same manner, she rescues them by opening their eyes to their imperfections & mistakes. They rise above these mistakes & are perfected by their trials. They end up becoming better than they were. We can’t define people by the sum of their actions. In the same
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Kate Gnade
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
I received an advanced reader copy of The Summer We Lost Her from Gallery, Pocket Books via NetGalley, in return for my honest opinion.

The Summer We Lost Her by Tish Cohen is a story about marriage struggles and the unconditional life for our children. Elise Sorenson has been riding horses since high school, now she’s competing for a a spot on the US Olympics team. Matt, Elise’s husband, spends most days being the sole parent of their daughter, Gracie. Elise’s time away from home is taking a tol
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Sarah
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is a well written novel that focuses on the mystery of a missing child while dealing with the concept of marriage under stress and strain. The story is about Matt, a lawyer from New York City, and Elise, a champion equestrian in dressage. Elise is very driven and passionate about her riding and she is gone for long periods of time, leaving Matt to be the primary care giver for their daughter, Gracie. The Sorenson family are heading to their family home in Lake Placid, to get things cleaned ...more
Jennifer Lara
Apr 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
The Summer We Lost Her by Tish Cohen is the story of Matt and Elise Sorenson who spend the summer fixing up the family cabin for sale as they struggle to keep their lives together while praising their own career ambitions. Elise Sorenson is an equestrian with Olympic dreams. Matt is offered a partnership with his law firm. It is evident that they both are madly in love with each other and they adore their daughter, Gracie. However, they seem to be slowly growing apart. As they struggle to find a ...more
TJ
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Kindle read this book to me with VoiceView Screen reader. I had to “backup” a couple times just to make sure I didn’t miss something. This is a good one, and yes, it does remind me of Jodi Picoult’s books.
This is a very well told drama of Elise, Matt, Grace, Nate and the voluptuous Cass, (the ex-girlfriend from many years ago). I loved the way this story was told, by character, it switches back and forth between present happenings and past events. You have to pay attention though, sometimes
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Beth M.
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Matt Sorenson juggles being a lawyer in Manhattan and busy father to daughter Grace while his wife, Elise, is an equestrian working toward her dream of competing in the Olympics. With money tight and their relationship strained from so much time apart, the family heads to Matt’s family cabin in the Adirondacks - unfortunately to prepare to sell. While there, Grace mysteriously disappears and days begin to pass with no clues to where she may be or who may have taken her ...

I wanted to like this b
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Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Elise Sorenson a competitive equestrian rider who is bound for the olympics struggles with being away from her family for long periods of time. Her husband Matt a lawyer and their disabled daughter Gracie who suffered from a horse accident that happened while Elise was still pregnant, are headed for Matt’s grandfathers cabin to get it ready to sell. While at the Cabin Matt and Elise are hoping the time at the cabin will help fix their marriage. Elise is gone most of the time and Matt is the main ...more
Joan
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review of Advance Reader’s Edition

Manhattan lawyer Matt Sorenson serves as the primary caregiver for his daughter Gracie while his wife Elise, an Olympic hopeful, trains and competes in dressage. Since Elise is away so much, their time together is doubly precious. After a rocky start, they meet at Matt’s family cabin at Lake Placid where they will enjoy family time and prepare the property for sale. But the cabin and the town hold many growing-up memories for Matt and his once-upon-a-time teenag
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"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
Anais Nin quote from Oprah's website inspired Tish Cohen to write her first adult novel.

Tish Cohen is the author of TOWN HOUSE, a 2008 finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize – Best First Book Award (Canada and Caribbean region), and in development as a feature film with Fox 2000. Ridl
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