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The Summer House

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,487 ratings  ·  368 reviews
From this USA Today bestselling author comes a delightful summer read about friendship, family, and the healing power of love.

Callie Weaver and her 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 sal
Paperback, 279 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Forever (first published June 9th 2017)
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May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
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Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have put their savings together and have purchased a beach house. It is a real fixer-upper, but they are both so motivated and excited and cannot wait to begin renovations. They had admired the house for years, and it sits right on North Carolina's outer banks. When it is completed Callie and Olivia plan on making it into a bed-and-breakfast.

When Callie sees Luke Sullivan, a millionaire trying to learn to surf, she is immediately drawn to him. However,
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 admire
Lauren R.
I couldn’t put this down once I really got started! I don’t know why I kept sleeping on Jenny Hale’s summertime books when I love her holiday stories so much. She paints a great picture for each season and setting, which is why she excels at these season-specific books. I enjoyed the characters and the town of Waves, plus the slightly serious plot points toward the end. It wasn’t a full-on fluffy summer book, but was still incredibly light and a perfect beach read. I look forward to catching up ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Terri Wino
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: year-2019
2-1/2 stars rounded up to 3.

I've read several of this author's books that take place during the Christmas holiday season and, despite a lot of implausibility in them, have really enjoyed them. Perhaps it's the "magic of the season" in the Christmas books that make it easier to forgive things in the plot.

There were just several things in this book that were so unlikely. Major plot points that were resolved with barely any discord were a bit unbelievable. It's stressed so many times that these tw
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Book Review: The Summer House by Jenny Hale

Second chance romance while renovating a beautiful beach house with your best friend. Does it get any better?

Can I just move into Jenny Hale's books? First, I read Christmas Wishes & Mistletoes Kisses & really enjoyed it. Je
Shell Baker
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-books
➳What an adorable summer romance novel, looking forward to writing the review coming soon...

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jennifer Hardwich
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. ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, netgalley

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

Bree Hill
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Jenny Hale is becoming my go to author when my anxiety is through the roof. The Summer House was an easy story to get sucked into. I really liked Callie as a character and her romance with Luke was so sweet. Highly recommend giving a read if you’re a Jenny Hale fan or to add to your summer romance tbr
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Shelley Lawrence
From my summer TBR, I finished The Summer House by Jenny Hale. It was a sweet, light-hearted, summery story. It’s honestly more idealistic than realistic, but that’s okay. The summer months are the perfect time to read easy-breezy quick stories that are full of hope and love. While The Summer House didn’t blow me away and wasn’t all that unusual or original, it was entertaining, feel-good and enjoyable.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For me, this was a fantasy novel. The dialogue was not believable, the scenarios were far fetched and too convenient. The novel heavily lacked an antagonist and basic conflict. The cliché of the most eligible bachelor - oh yeah, and SUPER wealthy - falling for the simple girl in a matter of days... while all the other girls he dated prior were flings and meant nothing, but this girl... she "changed" him. Very original. Remove Luke's super wealth and replace it with a modest bank account and you ...more
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
It's still 'romance month' and continuing that theme I've read The Summer House - which really should be read on a warm, sandy beach somewhere and not indoors in February. This was a sweet summer romance that did give just a bit more.

Callie and her best friend Olivia have decided to open a B&B by renovating a house that they've admired and loved for years. Callie is thrilled to leave behind a bad relationship and her old job and throw herself into a new life and project. She meets Luke Sullivan,
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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!!
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking for an easy, family-filled, fun read? ....But with quite a few secrets and surprises? You’ve come to the right book! This book is filled with love, happiness and a little heartache. Just got enough to pull you in and make you want more!
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute summer read. Not my usual genre but it was a sweet summer romance. I did want to read it to the end to see what happened.
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
The perfect book for its genre. It was just what I needed to relax with and take my mind off of everything.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 from he
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Jenny Hale is a USA Today, Amazon, and international bestselling author of romantic contemporary fiction. Her books have sold worldwide, have been translated into multiple languages, and adapted for television. Her novels Coming Home for Christmas and Movie Guide Epiphany Award winner Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses are Hallmark Channel original movies.

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