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Home for the Summer (edition 2012)

by Mariah Stewart

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Member:punxsygal
Title:Home for the Summer
Authors:Mariah Stewart
Info:Ballantine Books (2012), Edition: First Edition, Paperback
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Finished, family relationships, romance

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Home for the Summer by Mariah Stewart

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I enjoyed this book very much. I will look for more of her books in the future. Great story line, well developed love able characters and a town I would love to live in. ( )
  booksandbutter | Sep 30, 2013 |
Again, Mariah Stewart captures the beauty of the small towns, of the peacefulness and love that one can only encounter at home. The first love, the second changes, the sense of gathering and help, of being part of something, is well represented in here. St. Dennis and its people is the place here you want to be when you are feeling low, eating an ice cream at Scoop or a Cupcake with Brooke. ( )
  Lost_Lenore | Jun 24, 2013 |
Home for the Summer: The Chesapeake Diaries by Mariah Stewart
Lucy Sinclair originally from St. Dennis s returning to the island to plan an elaborate wedding. She holds many secrets that we will learn about as time goes on.
Clay Madison has always stayed on the island and is happy with his decisions. He runs the farm, organic crops and he wants to venture into a brewery, raising his own crops for that.
Now that Lucy is back from the east coast, the wedding at her familys inn everybody that has a wedding planned with the company wants the small little trees with the twinkling lights. The trees were from Clay's farm and she's not sure she can get a lot of them in time for the others wedding.
Clay now lives in the family house and his sister Brooke and her son live there after her husband was killed in action in Afghanistan. He helps Gracie at the inn by putting up her tree and decorating it-he finds his carved initials in a chair that is still there and he remembers how he fell in love with Lucy.
Lucy realizes after spending a night with the local females what is missing from her life. Many trips back to the island to oversee more weddings brings her closer and confiding in Clay about that summer that drew them apart. ( )
  jbarr5 | Jan 17, 2013 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
I received this book as a LT Early Reviewers copy. Usually I don't pick up books that are part of a series. I feel like I have to read all the books before or after a certain title and I don't like the repetition of reading an entire series. However, this book was a little different. Like many books in a series, this one was set in a small town with many characters, who's back stories I hadn't read. Fortunately the author filled in the gaps enough that I could pick up on who was who. This was a light and enjoyable read with an interesting enough story.

It does deal with some tough topics, such as rape. But the author lovingly guided her characters through the difficult plot twists in a gentle and realistic way that didn't feel uncomfortable. I find this is important to note because I've come across some books who deal with this topic in a way that is not at all realistic or can be very painful to read.

All in all I think this was an enjoyable book with very lovable characters. I may have to pick up another one in the series just to check in and see how everyone is doing. ( )
  jenniandtony | Jan 5, 2013 |
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A very nice book. Lucy Sinclair is a event planner who works in L.A. She has been asked to plan an extravagant wedding at an inn on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The inn has been in her family for generations and was her home. But an incident earlier in her life has kept Lucy from the town, the home that she loves, and her best friend, Clay. In addition to planning the wedding, the time spent at home has Lucy re-evaluating her life and her relationship to Clay. The book was a gentle, pleasant read. It was the fifth in a series, but read well as a standalone. If this volume was typical of the series, it would be a good series for YA readers who wish to have their romances populated with adults. I will probably read more of the series as I come across the books. ( )
  punxsygal | Nov 16, 2012 |
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Reviewed by Robin
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

As soon as Lucy was able to she left home and never looked back taking with her a secret she would rather keep locked away. Twenty years ago something happened that shook up Lucy’s safe little world and not wanting to ruin the lives of anyone she has kept it hidden. Although she never told she is always aware of what happened, carrying with her the secret and nightmares that go with it. In the process she makes excuses not to home back home to the small town and her families Inn. She also left behind her best friend Clay.

Now twenty years later she is back at the Inn complete with nightmares. Feelings start to flood back for both her and Clay. What is she to do with the secret and her feelings for Clay? Her successful career as an event planner brings her back home. If she wants any kind of a future with Clay she must face the past.

Ms. Stewart has a way of tackling difficult things in an easy manner that implies what happened, while being totally sensitive to the material. I really enjoyed this story of Clay and Lucy although at times I would have enjoyed more of their relationship then everything else that was happening all around them. I loved that she showed that no matter how much time goes between you and a friend that if that truly is your friend they tend to forgive showing that they cherish you a person.

As she delves into the world of relationships, memories, secrets and love we find that you can’t help but realize that the richness of small community has its advantages. The warmth of small town living makes you feel that no matter what happened in the past there is always a way to overcome the fear that causes the nightmares if you only trust your family and those that have always been there for you. Ms. Stewart makes you care and become a part of the community. Even though the story doesn’t have a lot of depth it is still a wonderful read as you become a part of it while getting caught up in the lives of those that live St. Dennis and are chronicles in the Chesapeake Diaries taking you to a place where people care.

I for one am looking forward to catching up with the others in St. Dennison the Chesapeake. I also look forward to many more to come.
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Some of Lucy Sinclair’s best days were those spent growing up in small town St. Dennis—working at the family inn and enjoying summers filled with swimming, sailing, tennis, and the company of Clay Madison, her best friend. But Lucy’s darkest day, the one that shattered her innocence with violence and fear, also happened in St. Dennis. And the town she once loved became the place she gladly left behind—along with the terrible secret she’s kept for twenty years.

While Lucy headed off for college and a career, Clay remained—more than satisfied with the life St. Dennis had to offer. But now, even after inheriting his family’s thriving farm and starting up an organic brewery, he can’t help feeling that something’s missing. And when Lucy comes back to town to plan a celebrity wedding at the Sinclair family inn, she and Clay reconnect, and find themselves reevaluating their long-sleeping friendship that could blossom into something deeper. Like a bookend to those distant childhood days, this summer will be Lucy’s chance to finally confront her hidden pain, make peace with the past, and plan her own whole new future.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345531221, Mass Market Paperback)

New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart presents a captivating contemporary romance novel in the tradition of Robyn Carr, Susan Mallery, and Barbara Freethy.

Some of Lucy Sinclair’s best days were those spent growing up in small town St. Dennis—working at the family inn and enjoying summers filled with swimming, sailing, tennis, and the company of Clay Madison, her best friend. But Lucy’s darkest day, the one that shattered her innocence with violence and fear, also happened in St. Dennis. And the town she once loved became the place she gladly left behind—along with the terrible secret she’s kept for twenty years.
 
While Lucy headed off for college and a career, Clay remained—more than satisfied with the life St. Dennis had to offer. But now, even after inheriting his family’s thriving farm and starting up an organic brewery, he can’t help feeling that something’s missing. And when Lucy comes back to town to plan a celebrity wedding at the Sinclair family inn, she and Clay reconnect, and find themselves reevaluating their long-sleeping friendship that could blossom into something deeper. Like a bookend to those distant childhood days, this summer will be Lucy’s chance to finally confront her hidden pain, make peace with the past, and plan her own whole new future.

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"Some of Lucy Sinclair's best days were those spent growing up in small town St. Dennis-working at the family inn and enjoying summers filled with swimming, sailing, tennis, and the company of Clay Madison, her best friend. But Lucy's darkest day, the one that shattered her innocence with violence and fear, also happened in St. Dennis. And the town she once loved became the place she gladly left behind-along with the terrible secret she's kept for twenty years. While Lucy headed off for college and a career, Clay remained-more than satisfied with the life St. Dennis had to offer. But now, even after inheriting his family's thriving farm and starting up an organic brewery, he can't help feeling that something's missing. And when Lucy comes back to town to plan a celebrity wedding at the Sinclair family inn, she and Clay reconnect, and find themselves reevaluating their long-sleeping friendship that could blossom into something deeper. Like a bookend to those distant childhood days, this summer will be Lucy's chance to finally confront her hidden pain, make peace with the past, and plan her own whole new future" -- Cover verso.… (more)

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