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Publisher's Summary

The next original trade women's fiction novel from beloved best-selling author Robyn Carr. Carr is the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Virgin River and Thunder Point series. Her trade women's fiction novel Four Friends debuted at number five on the New York Times.

A television talk show host returns to her childhood summer home to rebuild her life after she's fired for falling ratings. The return is bittersweet as the house has been neglected for years. She's flooded with memories of the wonderful summers she spent with her sisters and cousins before a tragic event changed everything. Working to uncover what really happened the last summer they were all together, she reaches out to her family and the women all gather for an uneasy family reunion. As they share their stories, they realize their recollections of their summer childhoods are vastly different and no one's lives are what they'd dreamed of when they were children. But being together again helps them all to heal from the scars of the past.

©2017 Robyn Carr (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Not her best

Too many characters and stories. This would have been better written as a series where each story and line of characters could have been better explored. Pretty disappointing

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Great Story -

I am a huge fan of Robyn Carr. & this is a great story. However it was a family story not a real love story. I wish more would have been said about end but it was kinda glossed over. But I guess the story was more about the past than the present.

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Always Yes!

I am NEVER disappointed by the dynamic duo of Carr and Plummer! The Summer That Made Us is funny, poignant and inspiring. Read it!

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  • J
  • 10-21-17

Love this book!

I’ve always enjoyed Robyn Carr’s books and Therese Plummer is one of my favorite narrators. This is the BEST book by these 2 I’ve read!!! Heartwarming, exciting and tear-jerking! Love it!

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  • Lynn
  • Simpsonville, Seychelles
  • 10-03-17

Another great story

Such a heart warming story of family friendship and childhood perspectives. Loved every second of it. I also loved the Narrator Therese Plummer, she is such a wonderful story teller. She is so captivating and reads with such emotion. Thank you Robyn for another great story.

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Never Disappointed

Robyn has managed, yet again, to pull me into the lives of her characters. Now I want to go to the lake house and hang out with the girls. I'm hoping to hear more from these fabulous women.

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The Best.

I love Robyn Carr books for the well defined characters and a peek at their reality which is identifiable to most of us. The compassion and humanity is heart warming. No one conveys all of that better than Therese Plummer's narration which is perfection.
I look forward to each publication and hope she continues writing for many years to come.

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It's Robyn and Therese... But Not at Their Best.

As I listened to this, I found myself thinking, "Rebecca Wells did a better job with this plotline in the classic 'Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood'."

The story encompasses four generations of women, sisters and cousins, within the setting of a Minnesota lake house where the main plot devises took/take place. The principal events involve the middle two generations and lots and lots of stuff happens to them, around them, because of them ... and Summer at the lake house.

This is an unremarkable and only occasionally interesting novel that was not helped by Plummer's tendency to render the dialogue (and there is a LOT of it) in breathless, overwrought, almost shrill tones. I think Plummer can be a brilliant narrator, but it must depend upon who is directing her or her mood or something, because she wasn't brilliant in this one. Female voices were often difficult to distinguish from one another when more than two of them were involved in conversation. And her usual excellent rendering of male voices seemed to have eluded her here. I thought the men all sounded pretty much alike (except when she was faking a fake Russian accent.)

It's just OK.

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  • jo
  • WODONGA, Australia
  • 05-15-18

true slice of life.

so well written, couple of errors by story teller, only minoe but ... thank you

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Another winner from Robyn Carr and Therese Plummer

Any additional comments?

A story more women's fiction than romance, The Summer That Made Us is full of Robyn Carr's trademark understanding of family dynamics - love, anger, despair, frustration, redemption, forgiveness. One summer, the very close Hempstead families (two sisters and their children) fell apart. Twenty-seven years later, at the urging of one of the daughters, they began to repair their rifts. It wasn't an easy or comfortable process, but slowly, sometimes even languidly, the ice of almost three decades began to melt. There are many threads to the story and in less talented hands they would have bogged down the tale, but Ms. Carr keeps you riveted. There were moments in the book you knew what was going to happen, and not everyone got their HEA, but they were true to the story and didn't feel contrived. The wonderful Therese Plummer narrates the audio edition and, as usual, brings Ms. Carr's words to vivid life. Together, author and narrator have created a powerful story of family, warts and all.