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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  2,448 ratings  ·  220 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 salt f
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 ad
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
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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
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 & reall
Cristina | CristiinaReads
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...

➳ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review coming closer to release date...

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

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

Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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
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!!
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 fro
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.
Gwen Kozlowski
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow Start - Good Ending

I wasn't sure about this one at first. None of the characters really grabbed me. At about the half way mark some tension was introduced and it really picked up. If you have the patience to stick with it, it's a decent summer read.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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** I received an advanced readers copy from Bookouture via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Callie and her best friend Olivia bought the summer home that they admired on the Outer Banks as children with the hopes of turning it into a successful bed and breakfast. With renovations and a time crunch in front of them, Callie never dreamt that a potential love interest would be in her future. A chance run
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are some book releases from several authors that I look forward to every year. Jenny Hale is one of them. It's one of those scenarios where I hope I'm lucky enough to receive an advanced copy so I don't need to wait just quite as long, but know I'm going to pre-order my own copy anyway! Jenny's latest Summer novel is here and takes us straight back to the Outer Banks.

The Summer House is all about Callie and Luke. Callie is finally beginning to realise her dream of owning a B&B with her

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Callie and her best friend Olivia have put their savings together and they have bough the The Beachcomber. It’s a lovely beach house on the Outer Bnks of North Carolina. Their dream is to open it as a bed and breakfast and Callie spends every day getting the house ready.

However, she catches the attention of gorgeous Luke Sullivan, who comes across as a bit of a player. Callie gets to know him though and realises that he is differe
The Summer House by Jenny Hale was a great summer read. It had all the important ingredients: HOT and famous boyfriend, two best friends starting over, a huge hurricane and a family secret. What is not to love!

Two best friends, Callie and Oliva buy an older house on the coast in North Carolina. They have worked tirelessly preparing the house for a quaint bed and breakfast. Meanwhile Callie meets Luke Sullivan - seriously hot material! He begins to ask Callie out and things are looking rosy. Then
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good beach and poolside book ,and The Summer House was perfection. I've never read Jenny Hale, but I will from now on. The story was delightful with a complexity that is subtle and clever. Callie and Olivia are working hard for their dream of renovating a beach house, and I totally respect that. The setting of the Outer Banks is ideal because it's so beautiful. It brings a certain atmospheric presence of serenity and hope. Of course, no beach book is complete without a little romance an ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Thank you, Jenny Hale, for saving me from an impending slump. A weekend romanceread is just what I needed.


You know when you’re on the verge of a reading slump? Sometimes I look for shows to watch, other times I’ll switch genres. When I looked for another genre to read, I immediately gravitated towards Jenny Hale’s The Summer House. I love Hale’s stories for the light reads, but especially for the stories of love and friendship.

The Summer House is a story that I would recommend to anyo
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This is a well-written, fun, light-hearted romance you’ll fall in love with thanks to a heartwarming plot, great group of characters and a beautiful North Carolina setting all rolled together to make the perfect summer escape.

The storyline is fabulous and includes a great twist as it winds down towards the end making you wish there would be a sequel so you can follow where this great couple go next. It’s one of those books you can easily fall into and binge your way to the finish without taking
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