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Drawing Home

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,884 ratings  ·  345 reviews
Summer has started in idyllic Sag Harbor, and for Emma Mapson that means greeting guests at the front desk of The American Hotel. But when one of the town's most famous residents, artist Henry Wyatt, dies suddenly, Emma learns he has mysteriously left his waterfront home - a self-designed masterpiece filled with his work - to her teenage daughter, Penny. Back in Manhattan, ...more
Published May 7th 2019 by Hachette Book Group
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*3.5 stars*

I’ve had a tough go finding authors who check the boxes necessary to land a spot on my short and very exclusive “beach read” list. My pickiness knows no bounds and comparisons, while wildly unfair, seem to be unavoidable. My trek from one beach town to another littered with starts, pauses and abandoned books. I may have found an author that fits the bill in Jamie Brenner though.

While Elin Hilderbrand had this to say about Brenner’s newest release, “Welcome to the gold standard of sum
Larry H
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.

"Someday you will find your own superpower."

Henry Wyatt was once one of America's most famous artists, but after years of success he decided he was more interested in a quieter life in beautiful Sag Harbor, where he could enjoy fishing, spending time with good friends, and being a regular at the bar at The American Hotel.

Choosing this life over a life of celebrity and excitement in New York City wasn't something his good friend and former business partner, Bea Winstea
Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Jamie beauty_andthebook_
"There's no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one."
-Jill Churchill, "Grime and Punishment"

Do you have an author you reach for when you're needing a certain kind of fix? I read a large number of dark novels and I find it important to space those out with some lighter reads. I stumbled upon Jamie Brenner 3 years ago when I won a giveaway featuring her novel The Wedding Sisters and instantly knew I'd found my go-to author for all things uplifting and feel good. I found myse
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
I love that Elin Hilderbrand, the queen of the beach read, wrote a blurb for Jamie Brenner. The pair could be two peas in the same pod! 🏖 🏖 🏖 🏖

Drawing Home is set in beautiful and quaint Sag Harbor. It’s summer, and Emma Mason is working the front desk at The American Hotel.

Henry Wyatt, an artist and one of Sag Harbor’s most famous residents, passes away and leaves Emma’s teenage daughter, Penny, his waterfront home.

Why? Emma has no idea.

Bea Winstead is a famous art patron in shock over her
Holly  B
3.5 Stars

The setting of the picturesque and historic town of Sag Harbor during the summer months was a nice backdrop to the novel.

Emma, a single mom and her teenage daughter, Penny are living their everyday lives when they are "surprised" by an unexpected inheritance. The key to understanding this "mystery" of why Penny was left the inheritance will be pieced together as other characters show up to fight for a piece of the action.

While I enjoyed this one, I do feel it moved at a slow pace and I
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
The Husband Hour written by the author in 2018 was one of my 5 star favorites last year and I was eagerly awaiting Drawing Home. Mother and daughter, Emma and Penny are living a fairly ordinary life in Sag Harbor. Until the death of an artist who took a shine to the teenaged Penny leaves her his entire estate. As Emma tries to wrap her head around this news, a number of events and people make the single mother's life very difficult.

I felt Drawing Home was a compelling story that I fell into
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
A Sudden death, an unexpected inheritance, a business partner and friend battling it out with a single mother defending the inheritance

Drawing Home is a heartwarming, light and entertaining beach read that is just perfect for packing along with you to wherever you might be heading for a relaxing place to read. This one should be sold anywhere there is a lounge chair by the pool or on the beach. It has it all here, interesting family dynamics, unlikely friendships, a charming and inviting setting
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
4 Stars!

...the people and places you discover along the way in life can be as significant-sometimes more significant-than the family you're born into.

Emma is a single mom who lives in Sag harbor and has a daughter, Penny. Emma works as a front desk hotel receptionist and is very comfortable with the way her life is going. Henry Wyatt is a famous artist and has been mentoring Penny while Emma works and Penny hangs out at the hotel. One day Henry passes away and Penny is in his will as inherit
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5 (4.5/5)

Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner is a lovely book that infuses family, drama, love, and all the best (and worst) things about life into one unforgettable read.

What it's about: It is summer in Sag Harbor and Emma Mapson is a busy, single, working mom. She works very long shifts at the front desk of The American Hotel all while trying to take care of and provide for her fourteen-year-old daughter Penny who has OCD. The only thing that seems to make Penny truly happy is hanging o
Katie B
3.5 stars

This is my second time reading a book by the author and while I didn't like her novel, The Husband Hour, I did at least think this one was an improvement. There are elements of the story I didn't really care for, but for the most part it was a decent read.

Single mother Emma Mapson has lived in Sag Harbor, a popular summer destination for the wealthy, her entire life. She works the front desk at The American Hotel and is busy raising her teenage daughter, Penny. When a local artist dies
Jamie beauty_andthebook_
With last year’s release of The Husband Hour, Jamie Brenner grew to an absolute must read author for me. With Drawing Home, she has solidified that spot permanently. With unique characters that each spoke to me in different ways, I felt like they were real people to me. I did not want to say goodbye to Emma & Penny and even Bea Winstead! In creating the world that artist Henry Wyatt “drew” as his own with those he loved, Brenner truly has “drawn home”

I received an advance copy. All opinions are
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heart-tugging, tender, and sincere!

Drawing Home is an uplifting, engaging tale that takes us to Sag Harbor and into the life of Emma Mapson as she juggles all sorts of highs and lows, including single motherhood, an unexpected inheritance left to her teenage daughter, an ex who suddenly reappears out of nowhere, and an elderly woman determined to contest the final wishes of her oldest friend.

The prose is immersive and expressive. The characters are well-drawn, troubled, likable, and genuine. And
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2019
4.5 ☆ My first book by this author, Drawing Home HAS DRAWN ME IN!!
What can I say other than how VERY much I enjoyed the mystery surrounding the famous artist Henry Wyatt’s will, and then there’s my love of the arts, architecture and building restoration (is all inside the book.) Add to that it has Elin Hilderbrands endorsement.. so of course I knew I had to read it! Brenner magically brought the town of Sag Harbor (in the Hampton’s) and it’s characters to life whom I found all likable with the
Last year I fell in love with Jamie Brenner’s writing when I read The Husband Hour and I knew after reading just one of her books that I had found a new must read author for myself. From the stunning cover to the very final page this one had me enraptured throughout and only made me even more sure that the author is an auto buy for me.

You know what makes an perfect “beach read” for me? It’s a combination of a few key elements and Brenner has perfected this for me. Setting is obviously huge here,
mindful.librarian ☀️
(free review copy) An absolutely gorgeous summer beach story with a wonderful mother-daughter relationship, art, and enough intrigue to keep the pages flying. Incredibly atmospheric- I have never been to Sag Harbor, but now I feel like it’s my long lost home. A must read summer book!
Pack a copy of Drawing Home in your beach bag this summer! I loved this story of mother/daughter relationships, an unexpected inheritance and a bit of mystery set in Sag Harbor. Fans of Elin Hilderbrand will love Drawing Home!
Diane Perry
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Imagine you are a single mom barely making ends meat when suddenly your daughter has inherited a mansion from a man you only know from the hotel you managed. Emma 's life is turned upside down when this happens. This was such a fun and heart warming story. Jamie Brenner has a true gift for bringing fascinating and relatable characters come to life. Very enjoyable!
Lori Boyd
“The past is never over. The past informs the present and therefore shapes the future.”

3.5 Stars for this quick read. Nice to have a read set in the summer while celebrating Christmas. I really enjoyed the author’s ‘The Husband Hour’ so was looking forward to this book. I was a little disappointed in the predictability of the story. At times I needed to put down the book because I wanted to smack some the characters! Although, I did/do enjoy Ms. Brenner’s writing and look forward to her next boo
Heather LitChick4ever
I have to start off my review by saying that I felt drawn to the setting described in the book and I felt like I was at the restaurants enjoying a meal and on the beaches of Sag Harbour while reading this book.

The charming setting, the small town feel and the residents pulled me into the story. This would make a lovely beach read and also if you were to read this book at home like I did, you would be transported on a summer vacation without ever leaving your house.

This is a beautifully written a
Kailey (kmc_reads)
3.5 stars rounded up. RTC
Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner was my first read by her :).

Emma a single mother taking care of her teenage daughter Penny are surprised with an unexpected inheritance one day. The story surrounds the mystery of unfolding the inheritance and many others that pop up along the way to try to get some of the inheritance.

I found it a bit slow moving at times and was super frustrated with the characters at times. I was disappointed as well with the predictability of the story but was very impressed with
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-2019

Sag Harbor is a small village at the eastern end of Long Island, NY, that began its life as a major whaling and shipping port during the late 18th century. In fact, Congress declared the village as the first port of entry into the U.S. on July 31, 1789, building the first US Custom House on L.I. The population at this time was 1,723, but various languages could be heard on the streets of this International port town. By the end of the 19th century and into the 20th, Sag Harbor became the destina
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had read and enjoyed Jamie Brenner's previous two novels, but I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. The synopsis didn't necessarily draw me in as much as the author this time around. I am not an art enthusiast (as much as I am with music and theater), so that might have been the reason. However, I was pleasantly surprised by what was inside and I enjoyed the story from start to finish!

Throughout the novel, Jamie uses great descriptions of scenery and characters, bringing Sag Harbor to li
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Throughout the course of this novel you really feel for both Penny and Emma but your empathy is really low for Bea. You understand where she’s coming from but your frustration as a reader comes from her lack of wanting to see the other side. I’m not quite sure she ever saw Emma and Penny’s POV it she came around because she finally understood what Henry was telling her through her drawings.

Ms. Brenner has a way with her words that lets you feel like you are in the room with these characters.

I lo
Karen Nelson
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma, a single mom and her teenage daughter, Penny live in Sag Harbor, in the Hamptons, as townies. Struggling to accommodate rich Manhattanites, Emma is a hard working employee at The American Hotel. Emma and her daughter, a bit of a misfit, learn one day that a dear friend, who is a famous artist, drops dead and leaves his multimillion dollar estate to Penny. The key to understanding this "mystery" of why Penny was left the inheritance will be pieced together as other characters show up to fig ...more
Rochelle Weinstein
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for the review copy of Drawing Home.

Jamie Brenner does it again with a beautifully written tale of family and friendship set in Sag Harbor. Great for book clubs and lovers of smart, women's fiction, Drawing Home tells the story of famous artist, Henry Wyatt, who bequeaths his home to young, budding artist, Penny Mapson. Penny and her single mom, Emma, live a quiet life in Sag Harbor until news of the extravagant gift lures Penny's estranged father to to
Cortney Walton
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the publisher-Little, Brown and Company- for providing an e-ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I absolutely loved Drawing Home. The characters were so vibrant and relatable.

Emma and her daughter are having problems. Emma works all the time and Penny is battling OCD. Things definitely get worse when Penny’s friend, Henry, suddenly dies. To Emma and Penny’s shock, Henry leaves Penny his beautiful home.

Henry’s longtime friend, Bea, is furiou
Linda Zagon
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jamie Brenner, Author of "Drawing Home" has written an intriguing, captivating, enthralling, delightful, heartwarming and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction, and Women's Fiction. There is a "dash" of mystery and surprise in this book as well. The story takes place in Sag Harbor on Long Island. I love the vivid descriptions of the beautiful town, and beaches and water that Jamie Brenner has written. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. Some a ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Emma and her daughter live in Sag Harbor year round. As a single mom, she lives an average life and works at the famous American Hotel. However, Emma's daughter, Penny, is challenging. She is not only a moody teenager, but she also has OCD and anxiety. Thankfully, Penny has found drawing to be a great outlet and has blossomed working with Henry Wyatt. Henry is Sag Harbor's most important resident as he is a famous artist. When Henry Wyatt suddenly dies, Emma and Penny's world is thrown upside do ...more
Vicki (kybookgirl)
Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner is a wonderful story about family, both the family we are born with and the family we create for ourselves. This is the third Brenner book that I have read and does not disappoint.

Emma (the mother) and Penny (the daughter) live in the sleepy, little beach town of Sag Harbor that springs to life every May by tourists. Penny has OCD and not many friends her age but she loves to draw and makes friends with Henry Wyatt, the towns' most famous resident. Henry came to Sa
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Jamie Brenner is a bestselling author and burgeoning knitter. Her novels include THE FOREVER SUMMER, THE WEDDING SISTERS, and DRAWING HOME. Her new book, SUMMER LONGING, publishes on May 5. She lives in New York City and spends her summers visiting the beach towns that inspire her novels. For contact info, tour dates, and book clubs please visit ...more

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