#FuturisticFriday Review: The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable

Photo Credit: St. Martin’s Press

This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Book of Summer

Summary: Physician Bess Codman has returned to her family’s Nantucket compound, Cliff House, for the first time in four years. Her great-grandparents built Cliff House almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Though she s purposefully avoided the island, Bess must now pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave.

The Book of Summer unravels the power and secrets of Cliff House as told through the voices of Ruby Packard, a bright-eyed and idealistic newlywed on the eve of WWII, the home’s definitive guestbook, and Bess herself. Bess’s grandmother always said it 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 contemplated.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

This is my first Michelle Gable book and I wish I could say that I LOVED it, but that would be a lie.I didn’t hate it, but it just did not suck me in like the summary and cover led me to believe that it would.


What I liked:

The cover.

Ruby (for the most part)

The letters.


What I didn’t love:

Cissy. I could understand her desire to save the house, I really could. But come on! There is being passionate and there is being foolish and Cissy flirted greatly with that line.

The dialogue.  The dialogue between the characters really just didn’t add to story. Some of it was needed, but some was just extra words.

The dancing around secrets. I love secrets in books and I don’t expect the author to reveal all the secrets of why marriages end, family drama, etc in the first 10 pages. BUT I also don’t like them to talk and dance around THE SECRET for tons of pages before finally giving some real hints. Or revealing.


Bottom line: This book does have some good parts and I did finish it, but I thought The Book of Summer would be THE BOOK OF SUMMER and it just wasn’t.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*

**The Book of Summer was a May #FuturisticFriday selection of mine.**


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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

2 thoughts on “#FuturisticFriday Review: The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable

  1. momssmallvictories says:

    I’m with you on every one of these, I wanted to love it more than I did. The family got to be too much and I liked bess’s romance storyline more than the other.

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