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Publisher's Summary

"The queen of beach books" (The Star-Ledger) returns to the shores of Nantucket in a novel about one memorable summer when flirtations flourish, family dramas play out, and scandalous secrets surface.

Memorial Day weekend means that seasonal visitors have descended on the glamorous island of Nantucket. For year-round resident Darcy Cotterill, it means late-night stargazing in the backyard of the beautiful house she grew up in and inherited from her beloved grandmother. It's also Darcy's chance to hit the beach and meet her new summertime neighbors. But the last person the thirty-year-old librarian expects to see staying next door is her ex-husband, Boyz, along with his wife, Autumn, and stepdaughter, Willow.

Darcy must also navigate the highs and lows of a new romantic relationship with local carpenter Nash Forester even as she becomes smitten with handsome vacationer Clive Rush, a musicologist in town to write a book and visit family. And she finds herself pulled into the concerns of Boyz, Autumn, a charming elderly neighbor, and an at-risk teen.

As the season nears its end, Darcy must decide her next move: retreating to the comforts of her steady and secure island life, or risking it all for a chance at true happiness.

©2017 Nancy Thayer (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Dragged a bit

This was a light, easy listen and the narrator did a good job. I just felt like the author went into the weeds with unnecessary details at time, making things drag in places.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Ok for a beach read

This was an odd story and at times just plain silly - and a bit all over the place. characters weren’t terribly well-developed. It was ok for a ‘beach read’ as long as you don’t expect too much. Narrator over-did character voices making them all sound like caricatures.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • vicki
  • LANCASTER, KENTUCKY, United States
  • 08-22-17

Secrets in Summer

Great satisfying story. Lots of twists and turns and important interactions with characters from ages 14 to 90. I think this makes the book realistic and warm. This is a good, cozy listen.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Narration Ruined It

I probably would've liked the book more if it hadn't been for the narration. While the narrator can do many voices her male voices were just awful. I felt that her portrayal of Darcy was goofy and don't understand why she had a midwestern accent. In fact, why didn't any of the characters sound like they were from Massachusetts?

The story itself isn't too bad but ends up being pretty corny with lots of boring, unnecessary dialogue. The narration just sent it over the top in sappiness.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Interesting

Had a difficult time staying interested
Just couldn’t finish. Maybe try another one of her books

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  • PJ
  • 09-12-18

A Story full of introspection & fun escapades.

I loved the characters and was enchanted by Darcy. Her joys, struggles and the unique way she thinks.

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Great beach read

Enjoyed the interaction of the locals and tourists on Nantucket. Uplifting novel. Makes me want to live there.

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A happy wonderful summer story

I enjoyed the people and the descriptions of Nantucket
It is a book you look forward to getting back to

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Secrets in Summer

A very lovely book. The narrator was excellent. I very much enjoyed listening to her.

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Summer Listening

This was a great listen as I worked my garden and colored. Could easily picture the setting which was awesome. Her relationships and feelings kept me interested to see what would happen.