When a shocking family secret is revealed, 20-something journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral. Wild, glamorous nights out in London and raging hangovers the next day become her norm, leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family in America, on the island of Nantucket. It's a mistake for which she can't forgive herself. When she returns home, she confronts the unavoidable reality of her life and knows it's time to grow up. But she doesn't know if she'll ever be able to earn the forgiveness of the people she hurt.
As the years pass, Cat grows into her 40s, a struggling single mother coping with a newfound sobriety and determined to finally make amends. Traveling back to her past, to the family she left behind on Nantucket all those years ago, she may be able to earn their forgiveness, but in doing so she may risk losing the very people she loves the most.
Told with Jane Green's keen eye for detailing the emotional landscape of the heart, Summer Secrets is at once a compelling drama and a beautifully rendered portrait of relationships, betrayals, and forgiveness, about accepting the things we cannot change, finding the courage to change the things we can, and being strong enough to weather the storms.
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"Gripping and powerful." (Emily Giffin)
"The quintessential beach novel, complete with juicy drama and characters you fall madly in love with. You will devour it!" (Elin Hilderbrand)
"Warm, witty, sharp and insightful. Jane Green writes with such honesty and zing." (Sophie Kinsella)
"The perfect summer read.... You'll be hooked." (Kristin Hannah)
My heart goes out to anyone who struggles with an addiction especially alcohol, drugs, promiscuity or anything that truly can kill you and/or ruin your life. Although an interesting story which could have been Jane Green's most brilliant, her main character Cat is selfish, self-centered, narcissistic and focuses on her own needs her entire life. Cat and those who love her think drinking is her problem which that is certainly part of it. But aside from apologizing to everyone she knows and cooking one
Luscious meal to entice her ex- husband back to her, that is the extent of her doing for others.
Love Jane Green the author. Jane Green the narrator, not so much. Love all her books. Will get from library, can't get past the first hour and a half.
I enjoyed listening to this book commuting and on the beach. It was light and entertaining even though it is about an alcoholic.
The story would have been better if the main character could have explored her relationship with her father and her father and sisters' relationship to alcohol more.
The narration was painfully slow. So painful, I had to put the speed to 1.25 and then it sounded normal. I thought it sounded like she was literally on opiates herself at the 100% speed. I almost thought there was a technical problem.
Good beach read, if you like Jane Green novels.
The authors sloooow monotone made it hard to listen. Variation in tone, giving each character a personality by giving them a unique voice, deepening tone for males etc.. are all things a professional can provide that the author unfortunately did not. And those gasps mid sentence ugh.
The storyline was ok (not her best- I've read them all) but the narration really detracted from the whole experience. There was another book performed by her about which I felt the same. She should stick to writing.
I wish I'd taken another reviewers advice and increased the speed.
I think this book is for people in recovery...the focus was VERY AA and alcohol driven...not what I expected.
Definitely a romance, or lighthearted comedy :)
I realize she is the author...perhaps she should have a professional read? While she has a great voice and accent...maybe someone with more range?? Just a thought.
Disappointment..shame on me, I should have read reviews, and it's been so long since I have ordered an audible (one month) I neglected to do so.
I wish I had that credit back.
Another great novel from Jane Green. As a Londoner living in New England her books always Strike a cord with me. lots of laughs and sometimes tears. Please stop narrating your own books Ms Green a professional actor could really take the audible version of your novels to a whole new level.
It was just a bit slow however the day by day experience s of this person were well told. Very English in style which I love. I wish Jason had been more prominent in the story, but I liked the ending.
Time not well spent. If anyone has had a friend or family member as an alcoholic, this book will make you relive your misery
Perhaps if a different story line. She does character development well, but the story was sophorpic, depressing for most of the book, and had a predictable end
If she could pick up her speed a bit. She has a nice voice and inflection but sooooooo very slow. The 13 hours should have been 8 at the most.
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