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Driftwood Summer

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  4,159 ratings  ·  277 reviews
Three sisters- responsible Riley, vivacious Maisy, and fun-loving Adalee-reunite to save the family's beach-community bookstore. But summer also marks the return of Mack Logan, whose choice of Maisy over Riley years ago destroyed the special closeness between the sisters...

Now Riley, a single mom, is hiding a shattering secret about their mother. Maisy, a California desig
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by NAL (first published June 5th 2007)
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Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-5, 2010, favorites
Once again I sit here with eggs on my face. This book comes from a genre that I have publically loathed and snubbed. I am the fantasy/sci-fi chick who looks down at girls who spend their time reading 'stupid chick lit drivel’. I think I have good reason to dislike romance books. I think they put unfair and impossible standards on men to which they can never achieve and make ALL women feel inadequate. I mean, if your man won’t fly across the world and bust into your office during the year end mee ...more
Lindsey Lang
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
this was a truly beautiful book! i think i finished the entire second half today because i just couldn't bear to put it down. this book has it all; love, family, secrets, hurt, betrayal, and so much more, all wrapped around my favorite two things: books and the beach! a perfect summer read, if you can get your hands on this book it's a must read!!
Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
Beach read--breezy, not substantial. The setting, which is, in fact, a beach town, is described beautifully. The character development is not as well done. Two sisters return home (where mom & a 3rd sister live & run a bookstore). The town is buzzing with the anniversary of the store/historic home, which is being marked with a week of celebratory events. One man returning is the guy two of the sisters were in love with the last time they saw him, back when they were in their late teens. (This al ...more
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing

If I could give a book 10 stars, I would give it to this one. Better review to come but overall, a wonderful great read!

*updated July 10*
In a word, I would call this book, refreshing. This was one of those books that had me laughing out loud, crying at certain moments, and at the end, I was sad it was over.

We start off with Riley, the oldest of the three sisters, who runs a bookstore with her mom and young son. "Mama" as all good southern kids call their mom, took a stumble down the stairs and
Jul 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
I went back and forth between 3 and 4 stars. I think it's a good vacation read. Funny how I've gravitated that way lately. No actual beach vacation for us this year so I'm reading books about people who live at the shore! I liked the author's writing. Having 6 sisters, I think Patti Callahan Henry did a great job portraying the Sheffield sisters' relationships with each other. It may have gotten a little dramatic and intense at times but that was believable as well. Another aspect of the novel t ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
A book about a bookstore? Sign me up! Although at first glance this appears to be little more than summer chick lit, it was throughly engaging and I could not help but love all the name dropping of books and authors. However, I had difficulty comprehending how the grudge between the two eldest sisters carried on for so many years. Get over it already people! Overall, a worthwhile read and a welcome bright spot during the winter months.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a reread from long's one of my favorite books and I forgot how much I loved it until I picked it up again!
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this book makes my heart shine. Through happy tears and sad tears and the understanding of family issues; this book weaves together the beach and the sand and family.
Tina Lovell
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women contemparay fiction fans
I just finished driftwood Summer! I highly reccomend it! it is written by Patti Callahan Henry, it explores the relationship between 3 sisters who need to keep the family bookstore up and running when their Mother is injured in a fall, the complicated realtionships and deep resentments between the sisters comes out and are brouht to light, I choose it because I love southern fiction. But anyone who enjoys contemparary fiction would enjoy this book !
This was my first introduction to Patti Callahan Henry and really... it was a good one. I enjoyed the audiobook version. I liked the story of the three sisters, all different but when it comes down to it family is important. I liked the setting and the bookstore within Driftwood Cottage and all the characters that entered that store. Riley's story I particularly liked and lastly I liked that it was the sisters that bonded together and saved the day.
Judy D Collins
Jul 26, 2012 rated it liked it
"Good read for summer - beach town with 3 sisters coming together after a long period of time over falling in love with same guy years ago - and a mother about to lose her book store - if you love reading and summer beach small towns you will love it" Great author - read all her books!
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Driftwood Summer is the story of three sisters, all raised in small beach side town where people flock every summer to get away from their busy city lives. Although they were all raised there, the oldest, Riley, is the only one permanently living there, along with her son Brayden. The two live over the bookstore that Riley and her mother own. Maisy ran away from the sleepy little town twelve years ago, and the youngest sister, Adalee, has been busy at college.

But now it's the bookstore's 200th
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Sisters Riley and Maisy had a rift so big as teenagers that I wasn’t sure whether they’d even become friends again by the end of this book.

Riley, Maisy and their baby sister Adalee grew up together in a beach town. They were year long residents and they loved when summer rolled around and the vacationers came to town.

Riley and Mack were best friends as kids and Riley fell in love with him as she entered her teens. The summer before college, everything changed. Riley was hoping that her 18th year
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Women's fiction focuses on mothers and daughters a great deal it seems, and Driftwood Summer by Patti Callahan Henry is a good example. The three daughters -- Riley, Maisy, and Adalee -- need to come together as a family and pull off a celebration of the family bookstore as their mother Kitsie has taken a fall down the stairs at home.

Riley, the daughter who stayed home and runs the bookstore, has a 12-year-old son. Maisy took off for California a dozen years ago to live her own life. Adalee is a
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Ok I’m only about 2/3 way through this book. I’m enjoying the plot a lot, but what is up with the editing? Names seem to be confused constantly...Logan and Lodge are used interchangeably even though they are 2 separate characters. One minute a guy’s first name is Sheppard and the next he’s Mr. Sheppard as is it’s his last name. There’s a character named Ethel that they sometimes call Edith. And there are spelling errors everywhere, combining 3 words into one.
Normally small errors don’t bother m
When Riley Sheffield's sisters, Maisy and Adalee, are called home to help with their mother's book store celebration, old rivalries and hurts rise to the surface. As Riley struggles to put her mother's elaborate plans in play, the three sisters redefine their relationship after 13 years of being distant. Henry does a good job of creating believable characters who struggle with their flaws and shine with their God-given gifts. Although the book ends on a happy note, there's plenty of realistic ep ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite authors. I love her style! Probably because her novels are thick with all the sweet things of the south, and this book especially was filled the things that comfort my soul: books, a quaint family owned bookshop, decades long friendships, family ties, tiny southeastern coastal towns, coffee, books, beach, love, friendship, and more books, beach and family ! This, like all of her novels I have read, was a super fast and easy read. This one ranks at the top of my favorites by he ...more
Katharine Oswald
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
What I kept thinking when considering how I would rate this book is, "well, it's a lot more interesting than a Hallmark movie!" Driftwood Summer falls in a genre that I don't normally read. It felt like a southern family soap opera at first - lots of drama - but with more wholesome themes and an ultimately redemptive plot line. I enjoyed reading it! It was quick, interesting, and fun to read. I was introduced to the author through her Becoming Mrs. Lewis novel. Driftwood Summer is a much lighter ...more
Greta Samuelson
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
3 sisters coming together and to save 1 sister’s Bookstore and home on the beach they all grew up on.

Is it chic lit? Yes but it had more depth than you think it might.

Do the characters have their own individual personalities that I was able to connect with? Yes!

I picked this book up because one of the 3 sisters is named Maisy, which is also my oldest daughter’s name. I’m so glad I did because it was a story I loved reading - pick this one up and sit on the beach for a great read.

Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
What can be better than a bookstore and the beach? Not much in my opinion! This is a really sweet book about family...sisters coming together to help their mama, trying to face the past they ran away from, tell the secrets from years before, face lost loves and teenage summer romances. Really a great read...I enjoyed the characters, setting, and the conclusion of this book. I will certainly be looking for additional books by this author!
Carol Halla
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read and enjoyed this one - since I loved another book by the same author. Was it remarkable and life-changing? No, but it was very entertaining, and a good story about family and sisters... And a bookstore with a variety of book clubs with various characters. It is set in the Low Country, which is familiar to me. Enjoyable and engrossing, with a sweet, if predictable, end. Like Hallmark movies? If so, this one is great. Enjoyable
Dona R. Gant
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Southern Sister Sass

I started this book at bedtime one night and finished it the next night! A good book is like a blockbuster can just turn it off and watch it in a couple days. The story unfolds as sisters reconnect due to being summoned without a way out, to their old beach hometown. A town filled with memories, secrets and truths to be discovered.
I lived this book and this author. I will definitely be reading this author again!
Cindy Feigert
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: summer-reads
If you look at reading list you can tell I enjoy reading southern women's fiction. I tend to read the same authors so it was nice to discover a new author. How could I not like this book? It is set at the beach and a bookstore plays a major part in the plot. Can't wait to read another book by this author.
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful story about Riley Sheffield and her 2 sisters. Riley works in the family bookstore with her mother and has one young son. Her 2 sisters come home unwillingly to help with the bookstore when there mother gets ill. I really loved the story and really like this author. I hope there will be a sequel.
Rachel Koch Gonzalez
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is your classic beach tale of sister struggles. Sick mom, estranged siblings, brought together by sickness and an economic crisis. It was good and a quick read, but it wasn't anything that hasn't already been done.
Catherine Schramm
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Whew, with four whiney women as characters, each of them blamed a singular event for their inability in achieve complete happiness. Now, they need to cooperate to save the family business. As the story unfolded, I lost patience with the characters.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was just okay. The editing in the edition I read was poorly done and very distracting; for instance, for two pages a character named Ethel was referred to as Edith. I often found myself frustrated with the characters, too.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Fluff. Light, predictable book. But sometimes we just need some fluff in our lives. I listened to the CD. Truthfully, the only reason I picked up the book was because it was read by Julia Whelan. my favorite narrator!!
Danielle Bizjak
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is not as dramatic as other chic lit I have read. There are internal conflicts that I think were resolved nicely. This similar to a Cathy Kelly book.

3/4 stars depending on what mood I am in.
Barbara Green
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book! Great summer read. Enjoyed reading about the 3 sisters and their problems. Would love to hear about what has happened to them since the end of the book. Is there another book about Riley and her sisters.
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Patti Callahan Henry is the New York Times Bestelling novelist of eleven novels. Her latest is THE BOOKSHOP AT WATER'S END with Penguin Random House/Berkley

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