The Summer Place

Perfect Beach Read 🏖 Thank you, Atria Books, for gifting me a copy of The Summer Place {partner}

Genre: Fiction
Trope: Chick-Lit
Format: 📖
Pub Date: 5.10.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆

When her twenty-two-year-old stepdaughter announces her engagement to her pandemic boyfriend, Sarah Danhauser is shocked. But the wheels are in motion. Headstrong Ruby has already set a date (just three months away!) and spoken to her beloved safta, Sarah’s mother Veronica, about having the wedding at the family’s beach house on Cape Cod. Sarah might be worried, but Veronica is thrilled to be bringing the family together one last time before putting the big house on the market.

But the road to a wedding day usually comes with a few bumps. Ruby has always known exactly what she wants, but as the wedding date approaches, she finds herself grappling with the wounds left by the mother who walked out when she was a baby. Veronica ends up facing unexpected news, thanks to her meddling sister, and must revisit the choices she made long ago, when she was a bestselling novelist with a different life. Sarah’s twin brother, Sam, is recovering from a terrible loss, and confronting big questions about who he is—questions he hopes to resolve during his stay on the Cape. Sarah’s husband, Eli, who’s been inexplicably distant during the pandemic, confronts the consequences of a long ago lapse from his typical good-guy behavior. And Sarah, frustrated by her husband, concerned about her stepdaughter, and worn out by challenges of life during quarantine, faces the alluring reappearance of someone from her past and a life that could have been.

When the wedding day arrives, lovers are revealed as their true selves, misunderstandings take on a life of their own, and secrets come to light. There are confrontations and revelations that will touch each member of the extended family, ensuring that nothing will ever be the same.


“For forty years, the house had stood, silvery cedar and gleaming glass, on the edge of the dune, overlooking the waters of Cap Code Bay.”

I love Jennifer Weiner’s books as she has this way of writing that allows the reader to get to know her characters in such an in-depth way that you begin to question whether you know them better than your own family. The Summer Place is just that type of reading. I genuinely feel that I may know that flawed cast of characters better than my own family.

It took a while for me to get into the frame of mind that each chapter would focus extensively on one character and then the next. Some chapters took me 30-40 minutes to read because they were long and packed full of information. But, by the end, I was flying through and in awe of all the connections revealed between family members and long-buried secrets that had been dug up. It was a fascinating look into one family, their flaws, love, and forgiveness. And somehow, I needed more from the ending? I don’t know; maybe I just wasn’t to say goodbye to the characters.

There were two characters that I think I enjoyed the most, and that is the house (read the book, and you’ll see what I mean) and Annette. I loved Annette’s addition to the story and her brutal honesty. Our world is so forgiving of the men who walk away, but it is cruel to the women who do or the women who choose not to have their own families.

📖 Long chapters
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 In-depth character descriptions ( 8 )
😩 Quick ending
📝 Felt like a book of short stories

I recommend you read The Summer Place if you’re a fan of Liane Moriarity books.

What do you think your biggest flaw is? I am absolutely an over-thinker.


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