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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!

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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.

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Sweet

A sweet story with ups and downs of all families. Think about your own family drama. Read about this family. You will love it!

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A great surprise!

I chose this book because Amy McFadden is the narrator and she is fantastic! I gave the story and author a try and loved the characters and story! A wonderful surprise!

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The Forever Summer

Marin Bishop is 29 years old, she has a career as a lawyer, a handsome fiancé, and a wonderful relationship with her parents. When she was initially contacted by Rachel, claiming to be her half-sister, Marian dismissed her. After Marian decides to break things off with her fiancé and loses her job unexpectedly, Rachel’s persistence pays off and Marian decides to travel with her to Cape Cod to meet family she didn’t know she had. These 2 women are very different, but I enjoyed both characters and sympathized with each of them. Amelia, the grandmother, was my favorite. She has a big heart and welcoming arms for both women. There were a lot of characters in this book, but each one was unique and enjoyable. Kelly was another favorite standout. She says it like it is and doesn’t tiptoe around anyone. I really enjoyed this story and will have to check out Jamie Brenner’s other books. Amy McFadden is the perfect narrator for these characters. Her voice is very pleasant.

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An enjoyable Spring read

If you could sum up The Forever Summer in three words, what would they be?

Fun, dramatic, touching

Who was your favorite character and why?

Amelia because she was such as strong matriarch and wove all the other characters together seamlessly.

What does Amy McFadden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She does a great job narrating and giving unique voices to all of the characters. Her performance brings the characters to life.

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

Nope

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Good Summer Read

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes - it made driving more enjoyable.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I felt that it was all tied up a little too neatly. Maybe less story lines to follow and bring to a close.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really liked all the scenes involving Mia. She was a very strong character.

Was The Forever Summer worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Very quick/happy book.

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Not what I expected!

I was very pleasantly surprised by this book! I was expecting a cheesy beach read, but I was completely wrong. The story line though complicated was beautiful and the characters are the type that stay with you. It's an eye opener for those who think family dynamics always have to be a certain way and it was beautiful to see that we should accept our families even when things don't fit perfectly together.

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Didn't Live Up to Its Potential

I didn't hate this book. But didn't love it, either. On the one hand, the resolutions were overly easy/simple, pretty formulaic romance novel stuff. On the other hand, getting to those overly sugary endings meant going through some pretty depressing stuff. I liked the setting for the story. And the narrator did a really good job. The characters were okay - I didn't hate them, but it's hard to be sympathetic to so many cheaters. There was an over-reliance on characters mind-reading, jumping to incorrect conclusions about each others' motivations. With the setting, the premise, and the narrator, this could have been a much more enjoyable book had it not been this odd combination of darkness & saccharin.