The Forever Summer

  • by Jamie Brenner
  • Narrated by Amy McFadden
  • 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The discovery of long-buried secrets brings three generations of women together to Cape Cod for the summer homecoming of a lifetime.
Marin Bishop has always played by the rules, and it's paid off: On the cusp of 30, she has a handsome fiancé, a prestigious Manhattan legal career, and her father's hard-won admiration. But with one careless mistake at work, Marin suddenly finds herself unemployed and alone. Before she can summon the courage to tell her parents, a young woman appears, claiming to be Marin's half sister. Seeking answers, Marin agrees to join her on a soul-searching journey to Cape Cod, to meet the family she didn't even know she had.
As the summer unfolds at her grandmother's beachside B and B, it becomes clear that her half sister's existence is just the first in a series of truths that will shake Marin's beliefs - in love and in her own identity - to the core. Filled with shocking revelations, heartfelt romance, and resilient women banding together against the most unexpected twists of fate, The Forever Summer is an emotionally resonant story and a delicious escape for any season.


What the Critics Say

"An engaging and emotional read with characters who stay with you, this is a good fit for fans of Elin Hilderbrand, beach reads, and women's stories." (Booklist)
"Just when Marin's engagement and career start unraveling, an at-home genetic test confuses things even more - and clues her in to a family she never knew she had." (Cosmopolitan)
"Soap-opera twists and turns are tempered with the believable goodness of the characters, the messiness of their journeys, and just a hint of unpredictability as events unfold.... Engaging and not too fluffy, an excellent choice for summer vacation reading." (Kirkus Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great light easy read

I liked this book a lot. It was easy to listen to and not too sappy or heavy but just kept you interested. Great beach read.
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- Ashley Hurlburt

Take This One To The Beach

As we all get more involved with instant communications, it gets harder for authors to get a good conflict going in a contemporary setting since theoretically, any character could get in touch with or find another person/character at just about any time. This book deals with a lot of travel and long distances -- both emotionally and geographically -- so Jamie Brenner could have easily dropped the tension in several plot lines by just giving into a Skype scene or a mobile phone ringing. But she doesn't and the book works.

So I give Jamie Brenner kudos for getting a good plot going. (And for incorporating into the plot and believably utilizing tech contrivances, for that matter.) She also outlines very real characters.

The novel uses intrigues involving genetics and ancestry and what a "family" can be, depending on your definition.. not a new idea but this story is well fleshed out.

A GREAT beach read. Not too heavy and has several layers of romance to keep you going.
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- Sudi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-25-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio