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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  272 ratings  ·  34 reviews
The Best Selling Coming Out Later in Life Lesbian Novel! You'll enjoy this story of courage and transformation. How would your life be different if you were truly yourself?

Sara Summers Stanton has raised three children and works as a high school teacher at the same school she attended growing up. Her 25 year marriage is showing cracks in the facade and now she's dealing w
Paperback, 258 pages
Published July 25th 2008 by Wild Lily Arts
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Book Worm
If you are looking for the typical chic-lit with erotica, you will not find it here. Instead you will find Sara Summers. She is a character worth getting to know. The story-line is more than believable and Sara's emotional struggle really made me think.
Haiku derived from this book:
We look at each other -
Between us the words shattered
Shards on the floor.
Alexie H.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Is a bit slow at the beginning however really love this story, this is the second time i am reading it the romance between Sara and Julia is really touching and Amazing....Love it
Susan Gabriel
Aug 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book, so I am totally biased. Wouldn't you give one of your kids 5 stars?!
Nov 20, 2009 rated it liked it
This is the most recent book I won on I just love getting free books, especially free books that are really enjoyable to read! This is the story of a woman, Sara, who is feeling a little lost in her life. Her children are grown and out of the house and her husband seems to be on a different planet all together. She longs for something to fulfill her and take away the blah feeling of her life. She takes a leap into the unknown by tracking down her old childhood friend and this ...more
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Almost from the very beginning, this novel had me thinking. "Where did I get this book from? (It was a download on my NOOK.) "Have I ever read anything by this author before?" (Not that I can recall.) "Was it recommended by a friend?" (Doubt it.) "Maybe there was some good PR in the review of it." (I tried to find anything such as a "If you liked blah-blah novel, you'll love Seeking Sara Summers" or "For fans of so-and-so." (Couldn't find a clue.) So, I really have no idea why I wanted to read t ...more
Dec 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
A short, easy read....told in a monotone.

Sara is having a midlife crisis. Her marriage of 25 years is unsatisfying. Her kids don't need her any more. Her cancer, which was in remission, seems to be back. She feels like she's just going through the motions...

Then Sara gets a notice in the mail of an art gallery opening in Florence, Italy, along with a handwritten note. The note is from Julia, her childhood best friend whom she hasn't seen in thirty years, inviting Sara to come to her opening. Sar
Jun 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Who hasn't questioned their life at some point in time? I applaud Susan Summers for following her heart after facing cancer in the eye and stepping into a life for herself. I saw myself as I go through my life doing for my husband and daughter, with very little regard for my wants and needs. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to read this book, it has opened my eyes and I will not take my days for granted and will look for what soothes me. OK I come, hope you are ready for me ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Sara is feeling a little lost in her life. Her children are grown and out of the house and her husband seems to have his own life. She longs for something different something to take away the blah feeling.Sara decides to track down her old childhood friend and this one action changes the course of her life, her attitude and her entire being. the ending of the story was just what i hoped it would be.
Parastoo Samiei
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've read the whole book in three days which is a record for me these days. I didn't feel that the author has made up a story. It was obvious that she had gone trough same drama herself. I believe that's the reason I've been really connected with Sara and I could have believed her thoughts and emotions.
May 11, 2009 rated it liked it
A wonderful friend of mine bought me this book... amazing surprise!! I was so excited to read this book. The overall story was ok, I connected more with the feelings and emotions that they were going through... and the outcome was as I wished for them! A happy ending :)
Jean Roberta
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Novels about mid-life crises or, more specifically, about women who dump their husbands, change careers, go back to school, hit the road, or “come out” as lesbians, bisexuals, transmen or members of a BDSM community tend to be interesting studies in personality development.

Considering that few people really change completely in middle age, an apparent change is usually based on the re-emergence of passions that have been buried for years. Since the birth of Second Wave feminism in the 1970s, co
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Is never too late to find happiness, I read the whole book in 2 days. Is little draggy at the beginning but it starts to get interesting the moment she reunited with Julia. I really love the romance btw Sara and Julia. A wonderful love story
Tami Bartshe
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by this author. The story line was interesting. Sara's wishy washy attitude got a bit tiring. And the dialogue seemed at times, fake. But all in all, I liked that the wife and mother decides its finally time to do something for herself.
Lisa Clarke
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars! A quick read.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Just couldn't get into it....
Kitty Davis
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

This is a good book for some one who is not sure about there coming out yet. Let them see how hard it is . What a great idea it is too do so.
Jul 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Sara Summers is the wife and mother who's always done what's expected. Her three grown children have it together, visit for the holidays and genuinely care about their mother. Grady, her husband, has been seeing a therapist with Sara for some time, evidently with little impact on their life together. He seems uninterested and sometimes completely oblivious to her moods. She feels distant and trapped. She also has been battling cancer, which up until recently was in remission. With what may be he ...more
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
When Sara decides to take a trip to Florence, Italy, it is much more than a flight across the ocean. Merely, it’s a journey to rediscover herself in one of the most beautiful places in the world. There is more to this trip than to visit a place she has always dreamed about, but pushed the desire aside in favor of every day’s tasks; it’s about finding yourself again. The physical journey is a transition of life, living life from the top of her lungs and continue life from a point where it was bro ...more
Amy (mrsAmy#s)
Nov 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 50-in-2009
This is the story of middle-aged Sara Summers, a married woman with 3 kids who is in the midst of breast cancer and a marriage that is falling apart. She decides to go to Italy to visit her old best friend from high school (Julia) and ends up falling in love with her. Ultimately she must decide whether to go back to her old life or not.

So, this book was sort of like Under the Tuscan Sun, as most of the story takes place in Italy, and ultimately it's a story about Sara finding herself as well as
Jun 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-list-2009
Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable book. There were several distracting instances where apostrophes were misused, and a couple of times where homonyms were mixed up, but they did not do much to detract from the story as a whole and I was able to get past them fairly quickly.

Part of what drew me to this story was the title. I am always happy to find characters with my name, spelled the way I spell it. Characters named Sarah are very common, those named Sara are hard to find. To have nothing
Sep 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: yvensong, cherylllr, kay
Recommended to Darlene by: Sistertalk
Shelves: feminism, lesbian, womyn, favs
I was SO disappointed. Not with the book, but that it ended! I wanted to read more. Could there be a part two where we can see a true growth in all the characters as they learn to not only accept what has happened in their lives but can see errors in their own thinking in the past.

I read many of the reviews who felt she put in too many details that may or may not relate to the story, but I loved those asides and feel if you can't handle that in such a small book, you might want to start reading
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was a short and easy read. Nothing complex about the plot, no surprises, and no twists or tricks.

...And I liked all of these things about it. This book is about a woman's transformation into a new person, and about how as much as she wants to experience this transformation, she is so stuck in the mindset that all she deserves is predictability and monotony, that she refuses to embrace new happiness at every turn.

When the main character, Sara, makes a spontaneous trip to Italy, she fal
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2012, reviewed
Decent story, with good description and decent dialog, but overall, dealt with a big issue in a somewhat simplistic manner. I found myself wishing for a more in-depth delving into the relationships and the secondary characters response to the main story. A light read, more along the lines of a romantic story (but not a typical romance novel) than a drama.

Unfortunately, when the majority of LGBTQ novels are about coming out, many are bound to be boring, or in this case oversimplified. I'm not sa
Anne Alexander
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I’ve read plenty of fiction in my life, everything from junky beach books to classic literature. I loved this book. Gabriel is a clever, funny, profound writer who quickly takes you into the inner world of her characters, while taking you on an external journey that keep you glued to the page. Sara’s character jumps from the pages and her transformation has impacted and inspired me. Big life changes in middle age are rarely easy and this novel treats the challenges intelligently. A classy love s ...more
Katie Somers
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just wanted to say that I loved reading Seeking Sara Summers. I bought it Sunday night and was done reading it last night. I was looking for a book with a lesbian theme (not erotica) and stumbled upon this title. It was very good and refreshing to read one without all the erotica. As a lesbian, sometimes I am envious of all the romance type novels that the rest of the real world gets to read. So glad I found Seeking Sara Summers.
Nov 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Tragedy, discovery, romance, travel, emotional breakthroughs-- what more can you ask of a short novel? I will say that this book was difficult to put down, yet at points difficult to read. I pray that I shall know what to do when the time comes and be courageous enough to make the necessary decisions to that end.

I would give this book 3 1/2 stars if I could.
Aileen Murphy
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook
I loved this woman. Especially at the beginning of the book, I feel the author did a great job of putting into words the emotions of a woman who has always done exactly what was expected of her, and is now realizing she has no idea of her own voice. I cried and felt her emotions and was so sad the book ended so quickly. A very enjoyable read...
Baxter Trautman
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: lesbian
A mature and tender tale. Though it will appeal to readers of lesbian romance I hesitate to put it in that genre as it is also a heartfelt story of transformation. Sara Summers takes an unflinchingly honest look at her life so far and finds it wanting. Whether or not she will have the courage to change that lack is the heart of the story. Definitely an above average lesbian fiction read.
Jae Coleman
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Filled with gentle anger, tender pain, awakening. Was a nice shift away from the harder hitting, sex filled novels. Those have their place on the shelf but this is a more mature, moving and unpressured progression into a new life for a sort of second coming of age.
Sarah Sammis
Jun 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Sarah by: the zen leaf
Link+ due 5/12

Awful self pub.
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Susan Gabriel is an acclaimed southern author who lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Her novels, The Secret Sense of Wildflower (a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012) and Temple Secrets (2015) are Amazon and Nook #1 bestsellers.

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