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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  52 reviews
For fans of Jodi Picoult and Anna Quindlen, comes an “astonishingly profound…exquisitely written drama” (Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You) about a husband and a wife, a missing child, and the complicated family secrets that can derail even the best of marriages.

It’s been a busy—and expensive—few years for Matt and Elise Sorenson and th
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Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Gallery Books
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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  ·  review of another edition
I got to about 50% in this book, hoping something would happen to keep me reading...and I never got there.
JANELLE || WHATSHESEEES
Big thanks to Gallery Books for my advanced reader's copy of The Summer We Lost Her!!

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 only a family drama but an
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Paul Pessolano
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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  ·  review of another edition
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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Kaitlyn Vella
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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!
Abby
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Anne
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Jennifer Lara
Apr 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kristen
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Elise and Matt Sorenson, along with their daughter Gracie, are traveling to the Adirondacks to prepare Matt's grandfathers cabin to be put up for sale. Elise is a dressage rider who's hoping to make the Olympics and is always gone competing. Matt is a lawyer who is also the main caregiver of the daughter who has cerebral palsy because of Elise trying to mount her horse while pregnant. Their marriage is struggling because of all of this. Matt arrives at the cabin with Gracie to find out his high ...more
Shelley Hastreiter
The Summer We Lost Her by Tish Cohen is a moving story about how people/couples get through difficult times in their lives and relationships. The story is told from the perspectives of Elise Sorenson and her husband Matt Sorenson. Together (or perhaps it's better to say separately) they parent Grace, their young daughter with special needs. Elise's Olympic dressage ambitions take a toll on her family both emotionally and financially. This leads to a summer of soul-searching and overcoming obstac ...more
Emily
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway! The cover is beautiful and I was excited to read it. The title and description made me think that the daughter's disappearance would be the main focus of the story, but it was really more about the couple's struggling marriage and what happens when a husband and wife both have big dreams and career goals but they also want to be parents. Elise has her sights set on competing in the Olympics and Matt wants to accept a partnership at his law firm. Elise's d ...more
Carrie Echols
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. Matt and Elise Sorenson and their daughter Gracie go to the Adirondacks to get ready to sell a family cabin that belonged to his grandfather. Elise is a competitor in dressage riding and hopes to go the Olympics, while Matt works in a law firm and is the main caregiver for Gracie. Elise is gone long lengths of time yearly training with the horses but Matt has always been supportive. Elise is not planning to stay at the cabin but a week or so, and M ...more
Dr. Barb
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elise loves horses and rides so well she has earned a possible spot in the Olympics. Her dream come true. Elise's husband has been very supportive of her but he bears the brunt of being a successful lawyer as well as both mother and father to Grace. Things change when Elise, Matt and Grace go to the cabin where Matt grew up to get the cabin ready to sell. Matt's high school girlfriend lives next door and uses this opportunity to drive a wedge between Matt and Elise. Problems compound when Grace ...more
Danielle
Elise Sorenson is a competitive dressage rider training to compete for the Olympics something that often keeps her away from her husband and daughter for long stretches of time. Her long absences plus her husband's lingering resentments about an accident that happened when Elise was thrown from a horse while pregnant causing their daughter's cerebral palsy have brought their marriage to a breaking point. Now they are reuniting in the Adirondacks to sell Matt's grandfather's cabin where the past ...more
Aimee
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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cbdef
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story was interesting enough, but starts out slowly as author sets up a history and character development. About half-way through, it finally picks up. I finished last half of book in one sitting. I did not feel much affinity for either of the main characters, although that may be because author takes you into their thought processes, with uncertainty, doubts and confusion. However, I never felt through the characters their loss when the child disappears. I guess you are just supposed to presume ...more
Barbara
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Matt and Elisha Sorenson and their daughter Gracie have come to the Adirondacks to sell Matt's grandfather's lakefront cabin. There is tension between Matt and Elisha because of her frequent trips away from home to compete in dressage and the fact that Elisha had a riding accident which caused a premature birth for Gracie who now must use crutches to walk. Their daughter suddenly disappears one day and a huge search begins. Will they find Gracie? You'll have to read the book to find out. I enjoy ...more
Debby
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. Matt is a lawyer who has put aside his dreams in order to help his wife, Elise, pursue her lifelong goal of competing in the Olympics. Selling his grandfather's lakefront cottage and land seems the only solution to solve their financial situation and allow Elise to continue her dream, but is the expense too great for their marriage and family. Their marriage is already stressed with not enough time spent together, Matt often being a single pa ...more
Tina
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 3-star
The drama unfolds during a family's stay at a lakeside cabin. Matt, a lawyer, his wife an Olympic rider and their mildly handicapped daughter Gracie are staying at the cabin over the summer while they get it ready to sell. There is tension between Matt and Elisha because of her frequent trips away from home, and they may be on the verge of splitting up when secrets are exposed and a kidnapping occurs. There was a little bit of everything and enough twists between the past and present that kept y ...more
Irene
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy of this book and thank the publisher for sending it. SPOILER ALERT!
I found this book to be a "page turner" and well written, though the characters were not as well developed as I would have liked. Losing a child can play havoc in the best of family's and Matt and Elise had a tenuous marriage at best before the kidnapping of Gracie took place. The action which leads up to the kidnapping took a long time to develop, while the resolution and climax could have been more d
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Dawn Byers
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Matt, a lawyer, his wife an Olympic rider and their mildly handicapped daughter Gracie make for an intriguing story filled with tension and drama.
I was given this book from NetGalley for an honest review -
Matt's father dies and the family moves to the cabin to ready it for sale.
His wife is gone riding and getting ready for the Olympics which puts a strain on their relationship.
Added to that - next door at the cabin is Matt's ex. Then to top it off Gracie disappears.
Will they ever find Gracie? W
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Paula Pugh
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Summer We Lost Her is a touching story of a couple at the crossroads, confused with their relationship as they deal with the disappearance of their daughter. When you add a former, long ago love, a wrench is thrown into the mix of emotions, insecurities, and uncertain future.
I really loved it!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Bonnie
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Drama unfolds during a family's stay at a lakeside cabin where a couple may be on the verge of splitting up and secrets are about to come out and forgiveness is needed to move on and save a family. I thought that this story about the family that have been shaken by a scary event was well written and intensely moving. If you like family drama reads, you'll enjoy this one. Thank you to the publisher for the ARC.
Jalia Shelley
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew from the title of this book that it would be a tearjerker. What I didn’t expect was an excellent, raw, intimate portrait of a family trying to navigate their stressful lives. Told from the point of view of both husband and wife, this story is beautifully written and heart wrenching. Ultimately emotional and uplifting this book was impossible to put down. Thank you #NetGalley for this excellent book. #TheSummerWeLostHer
MeWriter
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really well written family drama surrounding a family's stay at their summer place while preparing it for sale. There are many turns in this story including the kidnapping of their only child, the husband's first love living next door and a cast of characters who seem to alternately revere and loath the family. Both Matt and ;Elise are nearing the top of their careers but what will they sacrifice to get it?
Andi
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC through a Goodreads giveaway that I won (my first!).

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I wanted to dislike Elise for what I thought was selfishness, however understood where she was coming from in regards to career. Wonderful writing on how a couple that truly loves each other can drift apart and need to find their way back to each other.
Chris
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i don't usually read fiction but this one was good!
Thank you for sending me a copy.
It is fiction, there are small glimpses of incredulity
and I thought the title was a giveaway but,,,,,no,,the suspense
continues to the end, even if too much a happy ending,
that's the way it was.
If you want a good read, good entertainment,
this is it.
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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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