Summer by the Sea is a beautiful, heartwarming summer listen about sisters, first love, and not always getting what we want - but sometimes ending up with exactly what we need.
They say there's always one summer that changes you.
For Faith, the one summer she can't forget is when she fell in love as a teenager - only for her sister, Casey, to steal her man. Now, at the request of her beloved 90-year-old grandmother, Faith has agreed to a family holiday - at their childhood beach house, where it all began.
Faith hasn't seen her sister in years but is finally ready to forgive and forget, enjoy the sunshine and relive happy memories. What she's not ready for is meeting Jake Buchanan - the owner of the beach house - or the long-forgotten feelings he ignites in her.
Can Faith overcome the hurt of the past, rekindle the close bond she had with Casey and make this summer THE ONE to remember?
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Healing power of an Outer Banks vacation!
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.
- LilMissMolly "LilMissMolly"
Enjoyable Story With Realistic Characters
This book was so full of wonderful descriptions of the places the characters went that I was able to paint a mental picture of every beautiful location. I love the beach and I felt as if I was brought into this story as one of the family.
Faith is the main character in this story. She is one of two sisters who is struggling to renew their relationship with each other after a misunderstanding years ago. She is a warm and loving person but she is also very realistic in her thoughts about the problem that started years ago when her sister married they guy Faith loved.
I enjoyed so many of the scenes in this book but my favorite was about a boat ride that took the family to a secluded beach that was once a place her grandparents went when they were young. Faith's 90 year old Grandmother was brought to tears by the memories that this beach brought back.
Faith was upset with her sister for many years and even jealous of her; however, when her sister and husband broke up, Faith encouraged her sister to let him know just how she really felt about him and not let her pride get in her way. Her love for her sister won out over her old feelings of troubles in the past.
The voice artist Teri has one of the most uplifting and pleasant voices I've ever heard. She was clear and crisp and easy to understand. I can't wait to hear her again in other books.
- Joyce K. Retherford "I am a working woman in a man's world but it's ok because I really love being around men !! I've been happily married for 48 years!"