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Erika Montgomery's A Summer to Remember is an unforgettable tale of love, loss and finding your place that glitters as brightly as the golden age of Hollywood.--Kristy Woodson Harvey, USA Today Bestselling author of Feels Like Falling



For thirty-year-old Frankie Simon, selling movie memorabilia in the shop she opened with her late mother on Hollywood Boulevard is more than
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by St. Martin's Press
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Meredith Jaeger
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Erika Montgomery’s A Summer to Remember evokes the power of our memories, the magic of the movies, and the true meaning of family. In this beautiful and bittersweet debut, Montgomery spins a timeless tale of romance, Hollywood nostalgia, and family secrets, as poignant as thumbing through a photo album of bygone days, and as refreshing as a Cape Cod sea breeze.
theliterateleprechaun
Nov 13, 2020 rated it liked it
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A Summer To Remember, a debut novel by Erika Montgomery and to be published May 11, 2021, is the perfect beach read!

At 30 years old, Frankie Simon imagined a different life for herself – certainly not heartbroken, grieving and selling movie memorabilia in a shop on Hollywood Boulevard. Since her mother’s passing, Frankie has been trying to keep her mother’s store open, but rising costs are making it a challenge. One day she receives a package in the mail containing two unopened letters from lon
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ROBIN RUIZ
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Where is your family?” “I’m not really sure... for all I know, they may be right here “

I could smell the salt air and feel the sand beneath my toes, what a wonderful story of nostalgia and memories !
Frankie runs a memorabilia shop in Hollywood, it was her deceased mothers dream. After her moms death a picture and two sealed letters are sent to Frankie. Having never known who her father was, this sends Frankie to the coastal town of Harpswich in search of her mother’s past.
This book took me a fe
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Jg
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written multi-layered story set in the past and present, A Summer to Remember is a delight.
In present day we have Frankie, owner of a LA film memorabilia store, finding two unopened letters written by Hollywood legend Glory Cartwright to her husband and son. They were in her recently departed mother’s possession along with a photograph of her mother, Maeve with Gloria and her husband, film star Mitch Beckett at Glory’s Cape Cod film festival. . Frankie is astonished not only to le
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Judy Christiana
A mother’s death results in her daughter finding letters which lead her to discovering a part of her mother’s past that she never knew existed. This is a story full of grieving, longing, regret, guilt, love and comfort.

The book is written in several timelines and although I think the story is best told this way, I personally do not like this style. I often lose interest when reading in different timelines. This is because I am absorbed in the story and then it abruptly changes paths. Half the w
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Maryanne/MA
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an intricate, beautifully crafted tale. So many different layers. I was intrigued at first that it started in Hollywood - it seems like so many books I've read recently take place on the East Coast. Then, it shifted to Cape Cod. However, the ties between the two made sense. Movie fans will love all the references.

Frankie is a Hollywood memorabilia dealer who recently lost her mother. She doesn't know who her father is. She heads to Cape Cod to try and piece together some clues and manag
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Lynne Spreen
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frankie runs a movie memorabilia shop in Hollywood. On a mission, she heads east to a Cape Cod town where a film festival is about to begin. Her main goal is to deliver two sealed letters addressed to the son of a deceased film star, whom she runs into almost immediately. The son, Gabe, is hostile at first. Then Frankie is stunned to learn that her mother was a fixture in this coastal town at one time, and that her own roots are entwined with those of Gabe's adoptive parents Russ and Lorraine, t ...more
An
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The quintessential beach read, A Summer to Remember made me want to hop in a car and drive over to Cape Cod. The story follows Frankie Simon, fresh off a breakup and still processing the passing of her late mother, as she receives a mysterious package with two sealed letters. The letters soon prompt Frankie to close up shop on Hollywood Boulevard and travel across the country to the Cape to uncover her mother's secrets and perhaps find some romance along the way. Evocative of old Hollywood glamo ...more
Barbara
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a fan of movies, this book was right up my alley. From the beginning when Frankie had a customer in her shop, I was hooked. A Summer To Remember had real characters. You could see these people had their flaws, and how they worked through their connected past. The setting in Cape Cod was fabulous. A book that had a touch of mystery that unraveled in flashbacks. A really good read!

Thank you to St. Martin's Press for an advanced copy of this book. This is my honest review.
Laura Dane
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don’t think I’ve ever described a book as adorable before; until now that is. This book is adorable.

It’s exactly the kind of book I used to read when I was younger and would spend warm summer days down at the beach reading what we called, “cheeseburger novels.” Cheeseburger novels are essentially tasty books that go down easy. They’re books that are craved at times; ones that, while void of philosophical and educational nutrients, taste so darn good that they’re gobbled up swiftly. This book,
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Krissie
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I knew I was going to love this book- I love the Cape, I love messy family drama, and I love a little bit of mystery. I devoured it! I won an ARC from a Goodreads Giveaway and I finished it within 24 hours of receiving it in the mail despite having a large stack of books in my "to be read" pile at the moment. It was such a lovely escape.
Paula Pugh
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A deceased mother’s hidden life and secrets are a shock to a grieving young woman. She uncovers the truth after finding two sealed envelopes and a life different from her own. I really enjoyed reading this. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Michelle
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book in one sitting. The characters aren't perfect and it made it feel more realistic. The transitions from the past and present were well-done.

Kindly received an ARC from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.
Sarai Henderson
This was a wonderful quick read that made me feel like the sun was on my face and the ocean was breaking on the sand in the background. I really liked how the characters were flawed and broken, but each holding a secret that you just had to find out.

I really didn't expect to fall in love with this book like I did, and I was sad when it was over, but these people will live in my mind for a long time.

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Amy
Nov 23, 2020 rated it liked it
A Summer to Remember is the sweet story of Frankie, a young woman with a Hollywood Collectables shop who gets the rare opportunity to search for her father after her mom passes away. Along the way, she meets some incredible people, uncovers some life changing secrets, and ultimately falls in love. The book alternates back and forth with the present and the past. The tale is filled with well developed characters, a fairly slow moving story line, and a satisfying ending. I would have given it more ...more
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