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Summer by the Sea by Jenny Hale is a contemporary romance ideal for a summer vacation. This story revolves around Faith and her sister Casey who haven't seen each other in about 10 years. They reunite to help celebrate their grandmother's 90th birthday at the beach house they used to frequent as children in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. The rift between Faith and Casey started when Casey ended up falling in love with and marrying the man Faith thought was the man of her dreams.
Faith, now a successful kindergarten teacher, is finally ready to put the past behind them, especially after meeting Jake at the beach house. Jake, who has emotional baggage of his own, is a local developer and the owner of the beach house. Like in the movie Pretty Woman, Jake makes several grand gestures that only money can buy (e.g., he flies Faith down to Key West on his private jet for one fantastic day), but it's not enough for Faith who wants Jake to be true to his real self. While Jake is extremely likable when he's being himself, I found the characters pretty one-dimensional and the story a bit repetitive. There is also not much plot, other than the "does he like me, or does he not" romance between Faith and Jake and the rift between the two sisters.
I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Teri Schnaubelt who did an outstanding job. Her narration flows naturally at an even pace and she was easy to listen to. She has differing voices for all characters, male and female, and young and old. Simply put, Teri's rendition substantially contributed to my enjoyment of this story and the increase in the overall rating reflects it. I was provided a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.
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What did you love best about Summer by the Sea?
It was a feel good family story, with a sweet romance!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Summer by the Sea?
The tip to the Keys!
Which character – as performed by Teri Schnaubelt – was your favorite?
Nan!!! Then Faith!!
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes...and I almost did!
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** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
I love Teri's narrations...she is so pleasant to listen too...she brings a story to life so well...and is so talented! This is a beautiful story about a last family trip to celebrate their grandma's 90th birthday at the place they had always spent their vacations growing up. Faith and her sister are estranged...Faith harbors so very heavy feelings towards her sister Casey...Casey married Faiths high school sweetheart and this really broke Faiths heart...she has never really addressed this with her...Faith discovers Casey isn't as happy as she sees and her marriage is in trouble....Faith also meets the Gorgeous Jake the handy man....Jake is very nice...and much more than meets the eye...This is a summer of healing for everyone...and ends with a wonderful feel good happy ending! <3
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I could not listen to the story so I rated overall 3 and story 3 although I have not heard it.
Is it even a real person or is is an American computer voice?
Good summer read and nice book for the beach' but bit of a weak story!