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Summer Longing

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,610 ratings  ·  313 reviews
When a baby is left on the doorstep of a Cape Cod beach house, an unlikely group of women risks all they hold dear to harbor and protect her in this "touching, nuanced summer yarn" (Publisher's Weekly).

Ruth Cooperman arrives in beautiful beachside Provincetown for her retirement, renting the perfect waterfront cottage while she searches for her forever home. After years of
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Little, Brown and Company
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A heartwarming beach read. Jamie Brenner’s vivid storytelling swept me away to Cape Cod and into the lives of these delightful characters. Ruth is in her late 50s and has decided to move and live a quieter life in the small town of Provincetown on Cape Cod.But Ruth’s wished for quiet life is quickly diverted when she finds a newborn baby has been abandoned on her rental homes front porch. Soon the owners of the rental property Elise and Fern Who have been wanting a baby move back in to help Ruth ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ruth Cooperman is going to retire in Provincetown. She’s renting a beautiful cottage as she seeks a home to settle into.

Ruth is ready to open this new chapter of her life when she finds an abandoned baby on her doorstep. She leans on her neighbors for help.

This baby has a way of pulling on all the heartstrings and at the same time igniting drama amongst these women. Elise, Amelia, Jaci, and Ruth are each affected by the baby’s presence in different ways.

Oh my gosh, I loved these characters. Lovi
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown and Company for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

In real life it's a rainy day with high winds and my feet just cannot get warm. But as soon as I began this novel, I could feel the warm summer sun and the beach sand through my toes. Summer Longing is a heartwarming story about motherhood, friendship and a sense of belonging.

Ruth Cooperman is all about getting away from the chaos of the business world that has been her focus for most of her adu
Larry H
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Jamie Brenner's Summer Longing snapped me out of my brief reading slump!!

Ruth has always been totally driven, founding her own cosmetics company, but major success helped end her marriage and strained her relationship with her daughter. Now, having sold her company, she’s ready for retirement, and she plans to spend her golden years in Provincetown, a place she had fallen in love with when she was younger and never quite forgot.

When she arrives in the beachside town, her dreams of
A bit of Provincetown porn, with affluent middle class people, tea shops, gorgeous beach houses. As it's the case in most books of this genre, people's dramas get fully resolve and there's always happy ever after. It wasn't bad but it was predictable and overexplained at times.

Easy listen, but I probably won't remember what it was about come next week.
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Once I sat down and started reading this book, I could not put it down I had to keep on reading it. I just had to know whos baby it was left on that front porch.
It was such a good read. I loved the who story.
This is a four star read that I recommend.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Ruth Cooperman has decided to retire to Provincetown. She is a single woman in her fifties who recently sold her successful cosmetics company. After dedicating her life to her work, she Is excited for a change of pace in a new community. On the first morning in her new home, she finds an abandoned baby on her doorstep. Ruth is confused about what to do and contacts Elise and Fern who are the owners of her house.

Elise and Fern run the local tea shop and have been trying to conceive a baby for ma
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
5 Stars!

Jamie Brenner is one of my must reads for summer and Summer Longing definitely did not disappoint!

Ruth just sold her very successful company, which has been her whole life, and now she's looking to settle down. Provincetown or P-town holds a special place in her heart. She decides this is the summer she is going to rent a house and try to start over. After Ruth settles on the house she's going to rent she gets a lot more than she bargains for with a baby showing up on her doorstep. The o
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it

Ruth Cooperman moves to Provincetown after selling her cosmetics company and retiring, searching for the peace and nostalgia of the past and ultimately, a home of her own in this new community. Ruth is looking forward to new friends and connections as she gets involved with the close-knit community. What she didn’t anticipate was an abandoned baby on the doorstep shortly after she moves into her summer rental which leads to the homeowners, Elise and Fern Douglas, moving back into the guest room
Jamie Brenner does it again!!

This time, with fabulous women and a baby in beautiful Cape Cod! Everything I need for a fabulous summer easy breezy read is right here.

Brenner transports us to picturesque small island town, Provincetown in a summer rental. We are introduced to some intriguing characters that you will absolutely love and get immersed in and that is how Jamie Brenner does it - with amazing dialogue, plot twists and backstories you will absolutely inhale. I feel like Brenner's charact
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Charming, engaging, and breezy!

Summer Longing is a warm, cosy tale that takes us to Provincetown, Cape Cod and into the life of Ruth Cooperman, a retired cosmetic entrepreneur whose retirement becomes a little more hectic than she expected when a newborn baby is abandoned on the doorstep of her rental house, the owners move back in to care for the mysterious bundle of joy, her estranged daughter arrives and decides to stay for an unspecified amount of time, and her ex-husband also pops in for a
Pam Jenoff
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don't know about you, but I am longing for summer and a great read by summer fiction master Jamie Brenner is just the way to imagine myself there early! In her latest, a woman who is retiring to Cape Cod finds her plans upended when someone leaves a baby girl on her doorstep and she becomes immersed in the tight knit local community as a result ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every summer, I look forward to a new novel from Jamie Brenner. I love how she can take me to these idyllic beach towns through her stories. This time she took me back to Provincetown, which was also featured in The Forever Summer, along with some characters from that novel. I enjoyed visiting with them again, even though they were supporting characters this time.

Summer Longing is one of those books where you forget you're reading something because the characters feel so real that it seems more
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ruth just wants to enjoy retirement. She rents a cottage in Cape Cod looking for peace and quiet. All that changes the minute she finds a baby abandoned on her door step. This baby gathers the women of this community. Each with their secrets and heartache. This was so heart felt. I loved the characters and a of course the setting on Cape Cod. A beautiful story. Perfect summer read.

Novels N Latte
Hudson Valley NY
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing

You guys ready for another summer reading recommendation? Jamie Brenner writes some of the best beachy books and I look forward to her latest every single year. There’s something effortless and easy about the way she tells a story and once again, this one has everything I look for in a summertime read and more. There’s a pretty setting that is brought to life, complex and authentic characters, intrigue, romance and even a light mystery, what more could you want?!

If you need a pick me up in
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
A solid beach read. Perfect for readers who want a quiet, heartwarming read with a gorgeous coastal setting. I loved the community in the story as well as the focus on family, friendship, and second chances. Full review to come.
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruth, after selling her cosmetics company, decides to retire to Provincetown, but unable to find a home to purchase she rents from Fern and Elise. Only one day after arriving in Provincetown, a newborn baby girl is left on Ruth's front porch, clearly whoever left the baby knew that Fern & Elise would take care of her.

What follows is how the tightly woven Provincetown community, led by Amelia, comes together to care for the baby, until the truth comes out.

"How fitting that Amelia was dressed as
Heather LitChick4ever
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a charming small town novel with a warm feel and is a perfect and peaceful beach read or the ideal book to binge read in a weekend.
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Trigger Warning: Fertility issues

Jamie Brenner is back with another stellar beach read. Summer Longing hits you in all the feels, with many ways in which you can long for something. A relationship, a new look on life, a baby...

Ruth is ready for retirement in Provincetown, but things go wrong from the beginning. Finding a home on the coast is proving fruitless, her "landlords" cause problems from the first moment, and then a baby just shows up on her doorstep.

Before she knows it, Ruth is helping
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75⭐️ I loved Jamie Brenner’s Forever Summer but was pretty disappointed with the two follow ups The Husband Hour and Drawing Home. I enjoyed her latest much more. I think fans for Forever Summer will enjoy this one too.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, netgalley
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review!

I generally liked Summer Longing, and felt that there was a lot of good heart in this story about family (and all the different ways it can be made and found), and felt that the message of slowing down and enjoying the important parts of life before you miss them was timely. It felt a little too long, and I think that some of the storylines could have been tightened up a bit, but this will be a reliable one to rela
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ruth Cooperman is ready to retire, and because of her fond memories of the beachside town, Provincetown, she rents a house there while looking for a place to buy. When a baby is left on her doorstep, her plans for a quiet retirement are upended, and she'll turn to the eclectic group of women she's met on the island for help. This may not be what she wanted, but could it be what she needs? Summer Longing is Jamie Brenner at her best: an emotionally honest story about motherhood, friendship, and b ...more
Christina (‪‬ ‪a_politicallyreadgirl‬)
Jamie Brenner brings the layers that I want in a summer beach reach time & time again. I greatly enjoyed this one, connected with the chapters & felt all the emotions of joy, laughter, and tears. Thank you to her & the Little Brown Team for an advance copy to enjoy.
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Returning to Provincetown with Jamie Brenner is something I deeply looked forward to. Her other books, The Husband Hour, The Forever Summer and Drawing Home all succeeded in taking me away and escaping me into tiny island towns with big personalities who had interesting stories to tell. Summer Longing did not disapoint to do the same.

Main character Ruth Cooperman gets off the ferry at Provincetown ready to start a new chapter in her life. She has everything planned and has her eye on the prize
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it

This book was the perfect balance of dark and light, love and loss. It was filled with strong women who actually supported one another through their struggles. It was the kind of book that makes you emotional but leaves you feeling happy.

I loved the ease of this book and wanted to be a part of this amazing community. I appreciated how Brenner actually drew on her own experiences in that community. I loved the part I really didn’t see coming that made my heart soar. I loved that everyone got a “h
Donna Hines
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
When a baby is found on the doorsteps what shall be your immediate response?
That's the question and for Ruth she knows the answer.
Meanwhile, that one emotional pull tugs at the hearts of all the women in Provincetown.
The ripple effect is huge and it bridges the gap and the divide through reconciliation and love.
The fact that Ruth has seen her estranged daughter Olivia is nothing compared to what results when after 30 long years she reaches out.
What a reunion, what a memorable novel, what a great
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Do your beach reads need to take place AT the beach?⁣

I don’t think mine do... but it sure doesn't hurt!⁣

SUMMER LONGING is definitely what I’d call the ultimate beach read!⁣

It’s got:⁣

• Idyllic summer beach town setting (Provincetown/Cape Cod)⁣
• A bit of mystery (random baby left at a doorstep)⁣
• Family drama (so. much. drama.)⁣
• Friendships (love the ladies in this one!)⁣
• Work junk (beach > work = always!)⁣
• Mom love (cause moms rule!)⁣

I definitely think those just might be the exact elemen
Shannon Dyer
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review to come at AAR.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was SUCH AN AMAZING BOOK! A couple of characters really annoyed me with how they handled things BUT that makes it more real. People came be annoying in real life lol. They make dumb mistakes, but hopefully they learn and grow from it. I really enjoyed this story and writing style. I enjoyed the diversity of couples also. I will be thinking about these characters for a long time.
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed this book! It was a perfect summer read. I loved that it was set in a beach town and thought the author did a really good job to make it feel like you were right there with the characters all summer long. It was a fun read, perfect to escape the hard times we are in currently. I recommend picking this one up!

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Jamie Brenner grew up in suburban Philadelphia on a steady diet of Jackie Collins and Judith Krantz novels. After college, she left her hometown for New York City to live like the heroines of her favorite books. Her novels include the national bestseller THE FOREVER SUMMER, THE WEDDING SISTERS, and SUMMER LONGING, which People Magazine calls “a delightful escape.” Her next novel, BLUSH, will publi ...more

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