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The book of summer
2017
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New York Times Bestselling Author of A Paris Apartment

The ocean, the wild roses on the dunes and the stunning Cliff House, perched atop a bluff in Sconset, Nantucket. Inside the faded pages of the Cliff House guest book live the spellbinding stories of its female inhabitants: from Ruby, a bright-eyed newlywed on the eve of World War II to her granddaughter Bess, who returns to the beautiful summer estate.

For the first time in four years, physician Bess Codman visits the compound her great-grandparents built almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Bess must now put aside her complicated memories in order to pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave. It's not just memories of her family home Bess must face though, but also an old love that might hold new possibilities.

In the midst of packing Bess rediscovers the forgotten family guest book. Bess's grandmother and primary keeper of the book, Ruby, always said Cliff House was a house of women, and by the very last day of the very last summer at Cliff House, Bess will understand the truth of her grandmother's words in ways she never imagined.

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Bess returns to Cliff House, her family's summer home for four generations, to extract her mother before the house slips off its Nantucket bluff into the North Atlantic, victim to the passage of time and the ravages of weather and erosion. The Cliff House guest book, filled with letter-style narratives rather than simple names and dates, illuminates the near-century of lives it has sheltered. As Bess tries to protect her mother and save her family's memories and heirlooms, she also grapples with the end of her four-year marriage. Coming home is a comfort and a distraction, as are the denizens of Nantucket, including Bess's high-school love. Told through contemporary narrative interspersed with transcribed entries from the guest book and local news stories, the story of a family and its triumphs, tragedies, and secrets unfolds, drawing the reader into Cliff House from the 1920s to 2013. A sure bet for women's-fiction fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Nantucket novels.--Moroni, Alene Copyright 2017 Booklist
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