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Publisher's Summary

The discovery of long-buried secrets brings three generations of women together to Cape Cod for the summer homecoming of a lifetime.

Marin Bishop has always played by the rules, and it's paid off: On the cusp of 30, she has a handsome fiancé, a prestigious Manhattan legal career, and her father's hard-won admiration. But with one careless mistake at work, Marin suddenly finds herself unemployed and alone. Before she can summon the courage to tell her parents, a young woman appears, claiming to be Marin's half sister. Seeking answers, Marin agrees to join her on a soul-searching journey to Cape Cod, to meet the family she didn't even know she had.

As the summer unfolds at her grandmother's beachside B and B, it becomes clear that her half sister's existence is just the first in a series of truths that will shake Marin's beliefs - in love and in her own identity - to the core. Filled with shocking revelations, heartfelt romance, and resilient women banding together against the most unexpected twists of fate, The Forever Summer is an emotionally resonant story and a delicious escape for any season.

©2017 Jamie Brenner (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"An engaging and emotional read with characters who stay with you, this is a good fit for fans of Elin Hilderbrand, beach reads, and women's stories." (Booklist)
"Just when Marin's engagement and career start unraveling, an at-home genetic test confuses things even more - and clues her in to a family she never knew she had." (Cosmopolitan)
"Soap-opera twists and turns are tempered with the believable goodness of the characters, the messiness of their journeys, and just a hint of unpredictability as events unfold.... Engaging and not too fluffy, an excellent choice for summer vacation reading." (Kirkus Review)

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Summer chick lit beach read at its finest!

Well written and pleasant narration....I liked all the characters and story lines. Kept me listening to the very end. I'm hoping there's a sequel!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great light easy read

I liked this book a lot. It was easy to listen to and not too sappy or heavy but just kept you interested. Great beach read.

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Take This One To The Beach

As we all get more involved with instant communications, it gets harder for authors to get a good conflict going in a contemporary setting since theoretically, any character could get in touch with or find another person/character at just about any time. This book deals with a lot of travel and long distances -- both emotionally and geographically -- so Jamie Brenner could have easily dropped the tension in several plot lines by just giving into a Skype scene or a mobile phone ringing. But she doesn't and the book works.

So I give Jamie Brenner kudos for getting a good plot going. (And for incorporating into the plot and believably utilizing tech contrivances, for that matter.) She also outlines very real characters.

The novel uses intrigues involving genetics and ancestry and what a "family" can be, depending on your definition.. not a new idea but this story is well fleshed out.

A GREAT beach read. Not too heavy and has several layers of romance to keep you going.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Didn't want it to end.

Loved this book. Great characters, great content, great atmosphere. The narrator was amazing. I'll listen to it a few more times I'm certain.

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i didnt want the summer to end.

Where does The Forever Summer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

i loved this book and simplicity it put into what makes a family.

What other book might you compare The Forever Summer to and why?

none

What about Amy McFadden’s performance did you like?

i thought she switched between the characters easily.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes. but it took 2 days.

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loved it! cant wait to hear more from this author.

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sweet and a little predictable

Yes, there were a few surprises, but it was pure escape. just what I wanted.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Loved this book!

Really enjoyed listening to this book. I really liked the narrator also. Great story with a great ending!

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Author clearly has never spent time ON CAPE COD

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I wish when authors write about cape cod and the towns on cape cod that they actually spend time here to know how to speak.
1. Cape Cod is NOT AN ISLAND.
2. Provincetown is NOT an island
3. You go to the cape or you are on the cape NOT IN CAPE COD
4. "Fran turned right around from cape cod and headed back to province town". SERIOUSLY Look at a map. P-town is a town ON CAPE COD PART OF CAPE COD - Maybe she turned around from Chatham or Hyannis or even Falmouth ... that would have been correct !!

5. At least ( I'm 99% sure) the narrator didn't have to say the word scallop !!!! Didn't have to hear that word butchered!

Story was enjoyable other than every time they spoke of the "island" I cringed.

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Enjoyed every moment of this story.

I wanted it to go on for longer or another book. I have already listen twice! Enjoy!!!

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