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Publisher's Summary

Early on the morning of her 11th birthday, on the beach beside her North Carolina home, Daria Cato receives an unbelievable gift from the sea: an abandoned newborn baby. When the infant's identity cannot be uncovered, she is adopted by Daria's loving family. Now, 20 years later, Shelly has grown into an unusual, ethereal young woman whom Daria continues to protect. But when Rory Taylor, a friend from Daria's childhood and now a television producer, returns at Shelly's request to do a story about the circumstances surrounding her birth, something precarious shifts in the small town of Kill Devil Hills.
The more questions Rory asks, the more unsettled the tiny community becomes, as closely guarded secrets and the sins of that long-ago summer begin to surface. Piece by piece, the mystery of summer's child is being exposed, a mystery that no one involved - not Shelly, Daria, not even Rory - is prepared to face.
©2000 Diane Chamberlain; revised text copyright 2010 by Diane Chamberlain (P)2015 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Chamberlain creates a captivating tale populated with haunting characters." ( Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-29-16

Good Story, Fair Reader

I found this book quite entertaining, with twists galore near the end. The language, though, struck me as just a bit on the juvenile side, and some of the writing construction being similar. What I felt detracted most was the narrator. She had a very choppy, halting reading style that I found it to be distracting. Had she just used that affectation for Shelly, who was slightly brain damaged and actually might sound that way, I could have understood. However, that was her style throughout and for every character, which I felt took away from the narrative.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bonnie on 12-24-15

Very good story line

Story will keep your attention and keep you guessing, very good story, enjoyed this listen very much

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5 out of 5 stars
By anasta on 07-23-18

Complicated but g ood!

Enjoyable listening and kept me guessing throughout.
Well-plotted....the author must have worked extra hard with this onel

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-05-17

Another great book by Diane Chamberlain

Really enjoyed this book. I've listened to a few of Diane Chamberlain's books now and they never disappoint. Didn't see the twist at the end happening!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Narelle on 03-02-17

Summers child

Not the best Diane chamberlain and I have read most . Pretty slow but could get through it - just .

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3 out of 5 stars
By Alana on 09-13-16

enjoyable

I enjoyed it but I think it wasn't as good as some others I have read from her

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