The Book of Summer

  • by Michelle Gable
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Physician Bess Codman has returned to her family's Nantucket compound, Cliff House, for the first time in four years. Her great-grandparents built Cliff House almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Though she's purposefully avoided the island, Bess must now pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave.
The Book of Summer unravels the power and secrets of Cliff House as told through the voices of Ruby Packard, a bright-eyed and idealistic newlywed on the eve of WWII, the home's definitive guestbook, and Bess herself. Bess's grandmother always said it was a house of women, and by the very last day of the very last summer at Cliff House, Bess will understand the truth of her grandmother's words in ways she never contemplated.

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A pleasure

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because Nancy Thayer writes interesting stories, interesting people, plots and dialog. She is one that will make you "see" it. I really enjoyed this book very much.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book of Summer?

When she discovers who her summer neighbors are.


What about Cassandra Campbellā€™s performance did you like?

Ms. Campbell was very good. Their were a couple of times I wasn't sure who was talking, it I figured it out. I believe she was certainly the right narrator for this story.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and I did.


Any additional comments?

This book is interesting , engrossing and very entertaining. Thank you!

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- L.W.

The Book of Summer

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would if the friend enjoys family dramas and a Nantucket setting.


What did you like best about this story?

I loved the strong female characters and how they faced their challenges head on.


Which scene was your favorite?

The scene at the wedding near the end of the novel - when Bess is serenaded.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were some mildly humorous times and some very sad moments but I don't think I laughed out loud or cried.


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- Mary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2017
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio