The Summer That Made Us - Robyn Carr

The Summer That Made Us

By Robyn Carr

  • Release Date: 2017-09-05
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
The Summer That Made Us book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 251 Ratings)

The Summer That Made Us Robyn Carr Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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Mothers and daughters, sisters and cousins, they lived for summers at the lake house until a tragic accident changed everything. The Summer That Made Us is an unforgettable story about a family learning to accept the past, to forgive and to love each other again.

That was then…

For the Hempsteads, two sisters who married two brothers and had three daughters each, summers were idyllic. The women would escape the city the moment school was out to gather at the family house on Lake Waseka. The lake was a magical place, a haven where they were happy and carefree. All of their problems drifted away as the days passed in sun-dappled contentment. Until the summer that changed everything.

This is now…

After an accidental drowning turned the lake house into a site of tragedy and grief, it was closed up. For good. Torn apart, none of the Hempstead women speak of what happened that summer, and relationships between them are uneasy at best to hurtful at worst. But in the face of new challenges, one woman is determined to draw her family together again, and the only way that can happen is to return to the lake and face the truth.

Robyn Carr has crafted a beautifully woven story about the complexities of family dynamics and the value of strong female relationships.

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User reviews about this book

  • The Summer that Made Us

    By Ralphnun1
    What a wonderful story from beginning to end!!!
  • Wonderful book

    By Rosemckeon
    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The family dysfunctions and eventual resolutions were well handled and suspenseful enough to keep me turning pages. One of her best books. Well done Robyn Carr!

    By Lynn B888
    4 1/2 STARS! A beautifully woven story about love, life and forgiveness! Seeking emotional healing is the main underscore of this story. It brings together a family that through circumstances and life were torn apart many years ago. In one healing summer, they come together to support one special member of the family, but in the end it's a blessing for them all. I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into each of their lives and having the opportunity to see what really made each of them tick in their own way. The culmination of the summer gutted me, but there was too much happiness and love flowing to let that one heart-wrenching piece take away the fulfillment of the story. For so many years, summers at the family lake house in Minnesota were idyllic for the Hempstead family ... until tragedy strikes and leaves the place sullied with ugliness and grief. The house was closed up and they never ventured there again. The family members each found their own way of dealing with their loss, and lives swirled out of control. Now years later, one member needs the closure of going back to their childhood oasis to find the peace she so desperately needs to complete her life. She hopes to bring her family back together in this place that they shared so much love and laughter and open their hearts to forgiving each other for wrongs they perceive and most of all, to forgiving themselves for the mistakes they each made.

    By YN2Chris
    Robyn Carr has, once again, written an excellent book. Once you start reading, it's nearly impossible to stop until it's finished. So many stories woven in an excellent book. Can't wait for her next offering.
  • Cried my eyes out

    By Pfisher408
    I really love Robyn Carr's books.. she has a special voice when she writes and she gets me every single time. What a great story about a family with a whole heap of troubles. Pretty much like everyone else I know in life. Life is messy Enjoy this sweet story and bring your tissues with you.
  • One of the Best Books I’ve Read this Year!

    By pegg12
    The Summer That Made Us is an amazing book that touches the soul. It’s an emotional story about loss, heartache, healing and forgiveness. The summer house on Lake Waseka was a special place for Jo and Lou, and their daughters, until a tragic accident occurred. The two Hempstead families were always a bit dysfunctional, but after the accident, they completely fell apart. The two sisters, Jo and Lou who were once inseparable, were now estranged, and their daughters, permanently scarred. The summer house had been off limits for over twenty-five years. Meg, one of the daughters, however, has Cancer, and wished to spend her last summer at the lake house. Meg was the kindest sweetest and most giving daughter of them all, but she wasn’t done yet. Meg had one last gift to give everyone. This story moved me to tears, made me laugh and warmed my heart. I loved every page of this superbly written, uplifting and heart wrenching tale. Do yourself a favor and don’t miss out on reading this quality book; crafted with raw emotion, rich dialogue, and fully developed characters. Thank you, Harlequin and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy! I loved it.

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