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Summer Island
Summer Island
Author: Kristin Hannah
Years ago, Nora Bridge walked out on her marriage and left her daughters behind. Now she is a famous talk show host. Her daughter Ruby is a struggling comedienne. The two haven?t spoken in more than a decade. Then a scandal from Nora?s past is exposed, and Ruby is offered a fortune to write a tell-all about her mother. Reluctantly, she returns t...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345483447
ISBN-10: 0345483448
Publication Date: 11/2/2004
Pages: 416
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 67 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
One of Hannah's Pacific Northwest novels, this time set in the San Juan Islands. I always find her books very satisfying. Of course I cry too much while reading them, but they are always happy tears at the end.
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Helpful Score: 2
A fascinating story of love, healing, forgiveness and renewal. Certain to strike a chord in the hearts of mothers and daughters everywhere. Many a daughter will see something of herself in Ruby.. Heartwrenching til the true comes out.
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Helpful Score: 2
One of the best books I have read in ages. The author has a way with words that makes you think. Any daughter will cry. It hits home but in a good way! STRONGLY RECOMMEND.
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Helpful Score: 2
Such an incredible book! "A facinating story of love, healing, forgiveness, and renewal...certain to strike a chord in the hearts of mothers and daughters everywhere." - Tulsa World.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a fast read, but not a great one. This is definitely my least favorite book of hers. Her writing borders on inspirational fiction with this book, not the literary fiction where I found it. I think this book really suffered from the lack of a plot and some REALLY stupid phrases ("pit-bull-mean"?!)... I mean come on, bad enough the first time she used it, but twice in one book in reference to different people, from two different P.O.V.s... not to mention it is an uneducated, stupid remark that really bothered me, especially when she is considered to be such a "sensitive" writer.
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What a beautiful story! The main story is about a mother and daughter who can't love each other because Mom left her two daughters when they were young and forgiveness seems impossible. But of course things change, people change and love changes.

Ruby and her sister can't seem to mesh either. One is wild and free and the other very proper and cool. Their meeting again is fascinating.

The most unforgettable character, for me, was Eric. He and his brother, Dean, are neighbors of Ruby and Caroline. Eric is ill and needs love so much. I don't want to say too much and spoil the story, but Eric you will remember!

There is so much love in this story it just pours out all over you. Kristin Hannah is the master at writing about relationships, especially between women. This is one of my personal favorites of hers and I took the time to really read it and not rush. I loved it!
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This is a great beach read...I enjoyed it.
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Great summer read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.