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Summer Island: A Novel by [Kristin Hannah]
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“A fascinating story of love, healing, forgiveness . . . certain to strike a chord in the hearts of mothers and daughters everywhere.”Tulsa World

“A warm and touching story about very human characters whose personal situations come to life with realism and sensitivity.”Library Journal

“Many a daughter will see something of herself in Ruby.”People
 
“Totally brilliant.”The Midwest Book Review
 
“A beautiful novel, funny and tender, sad and wonderfully satisfying.”Tahoe Tribune

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Few authors dare to truly analyze the complex natures of mother-daughter relationships. In her novel Summer Island, author Kristin Hannah perfectly captures the bittersweet, inspiring, disappointing, tragic, and human aspects of such a relationship. Set in the tranquil, present-day San Juan Islands, Summer Island presents itself as a deep investigation of the ramifications of a mother's abandonment of her two daughters. Unlike many similar novels, this one delivers the goods.

When Nora Bridge left her husband and her two daughters 10 years ago, she took the only route she could see, and assumed she still had her daughters' love. Now, though she is distant from her own daughters, Nora is the hostess of a radio advice show, where she advises listeners that "family comes first." When a scandal breaks and Nora hits rock bottom, she finds she has to rely on the two people she has betrayed most deeply: her daughters, Ruby and Caroline.

As an aspiring and failing comedian, Ruby's life in Los Angeles has shrunk into a directionless morass. She says when she dismisses superstition, "As if she needed magic to tell her that she was stuck in the spin cycle of her life." Though neither she nor Caroline are inclined to help their mother, Ruby finally agrees when a magazine offers to pay her for a tell-all exposé.

With a masterful balance of cutting wit, realistic dialogue, and lyrical description, Summer Island is by far Hannah's greatest work. Mothers, daughters, and sisters are sure to mark the passages and lend this novel to each other. If this is the standard for future Hannah novels, her fan base is sure to grow.--Nancy R.E. O'Brien --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000FC1KKC
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ballantine Books; 1st edition (June 25, 2002)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 25, 2002
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2370 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Erica
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 16, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good books
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Carola Deutsch
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice summer read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes place in San Juan Islands, Wa.
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