The Summer That Made Us

The Summer That Made Us

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For the Hempsteads, two sisters who married two brothers and had three daughters each, summers were idyllic. The women would escape the city the moment school was out to gather at the family house on Lake Waseka. The lake was a magical place, a haven where they were happy and carefree. All of their problems drifted away as the days passed in sun-dappled contentment. Until the summer that changed everything. After an accidental drowning turned the lake house into a site of tragedy and grief, it was closed up. For good. Torn apart, none of the Hempstead women speak of what happened that summer, and relationships between them are uneasy at best to hurtful at worst. But in the face of new challenges, one woman is determined to draw her family together again, and the only way that can happen is to return to the lake and face the truth.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario :, Mira Books,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780778330868
Branch Call Number: FIC CARR
Characteristics: 331 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 17, 2019

2017; Mira/HarperCollins

Since I first stepped into Virgin River, Robyn Carr has become part of my "mood" list. By "mood" list I mean a list of authors I can be guaranteed at least a 3.5 STAR read. As much as I read I do get into reading slumps (where every book I pick up I don't like, or can't get into, etc), can't decide what to read (usually feel overwhelmed) or just want a book I know I will love. Often at times I don't read these authors as quickly because I want to keep some of the novels at my fingertips. This novel was no different.

I really enjoyed the characters and the different plotlines! I did often want to know more about a character, but I think it would be hard to do without bogging down the overall story arc. It would be cool if there was a novella on Beverly (hint hint, haha). Rather than one or two characters this novel is about a family. After a tragic death, a family shuts down the summer home. It also fractures a once close family. As another tragedy is upon them, they come together to see if they can heal the hurt and pain. If you want a mellow read with family drama and a bit of romance and tears I recommend The Summer That Made Us. ​

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

Oct 08, 2018

Must admit this wasn't a favorite of mine - and I have read all of Robyn Carr's novels. I found the subject matter quite dark and depressing and a few too many characters to keep the plot easy to follow. Each character was so challenged it almost was too much to believe.

Jul 13, 2018

Life was always perfect for the Hempsteads until a tragedy ripped them apart. This story is about family, healing, forgiveness, and love. Another awesome book by Ms. Carr. She is definitely one of my "must read" authors.

Jan 09, 2018

This book just pulls you in. I've read nearly all of Robyn Carr's books and this is one of her best. I put on my pjs planning to read a couple hours before bed. Well......I ended up reading it until I finished the entire book, about 6 hours:) It is a more serious theme but still an enjoyable read!

Nov 27, 2017

A very touching story. I love the way she writes about family and women's lives. It is a very satisfying story.

Oct 02, 2017

Robyn never fails to draw you in to the storyline allowing you to feel the characters emotions. This is a wonderful story of life and death, of the complexities of family relationships and our insecurities as individuals. I would give it six stars if I could. She is one of a handful of authors that I always read and look forward to her next novel.


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Jul 19, 2018

“The lake was so calm and quiet. The gentle lapping of the waves at the shore was soothing.
...Maybe Meg was right. Maybe summer at the lake would bring her comfort. It could heal her, Charley thought hopefully. Or give her peace in her last days?”


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