Thursday, June 11, 2020

Review: Summer Longing by Jamie Brenner (audio)

Title: Summer Longing
Author: Jamie Brenner
Narrator: Molly Parker Myers
Published: May 2020, Hachette Audio / Little, Brown & Company
Length: 11 hours 36 hours / 384 pages
Source: Audio - Publisher via / Print - ARC Paperback via Publisher

When a baby is left on the doorstep of a Cape Cod beach house, an unlikely group of women risks all they hold dear to harbor and protect her in this "touching, nuanced summer yarn" (Publisher's Weekly).
Ruth Cooperman arrives in beautiful beachside Provincetown for her retirement, renting the perfect waterfront cottage while she searches for her forever home. After years of hard work and making peace with life's compromises, Ruth is looking forward to a carefree summer of solitude. But when she finds a baby girl abandoned on her doorstep, Ruth turns to her new neighbors for help and is drawn into the drama of the close-knit community.

The appearance of the mystery baby has an emotional ripple effect through the women in town, including Amelia Cabral, the matriarch who lost her own child decades earlier; Elise Douglas, owner of the tea shop who gave up her dream of becoming a mother; and teenage local Jaci Barros who feels trapped by her parents' expectations. Ruth, caring for a baby for the first time in thirty years, even reaches out to her own estranged daughter, Olivia, summoning her to Provincetown in hopes of a reconciliation.

As summer unfolds and friends and family care for the infant, alliances are made, relationships are tested, and secrets are uncovered. But the unconditional love for a child in need just might bring Ruth and the women of Provincetown exactly what they have been longing for themselves.

With heartfelt storytelling, Summer Longing is Jamie Brenner's eagerly anticipated return to Provincetown; another unforgettable tale about motherhood, friendship, and finding your way home.

"Welcome to the gold standard of summertime escapism."
---Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Summer of '69

My thoughts: This is the second book I've read by Jamie Brenner and I am now a fan! First, let's just admire that cover, shall we? Again, I find myself drawn to that summery feeling and I just know that this is an author I will be associating the start of beach season with as I do with a few other authors!

I loved the characters in this book. They each are fully drawn and complex and I loved that they all have their own quirks and issues to work out this summer. A baby left on a doorstep brings these women together, a group that would most likely not be spending much time together, yet they have so much to offer each other. I also loved that this book delves into so many different types of relationships - mother/daughter, friends, and even that between lovers.

I have not been to Provincetown, but this book has me longing to visit, especially to try out some of the teas from Elise and Fern's tea shop and maybe have lunch at one of the restaurants that serve local oysters. This book made me feel as if I was there and since we can't travel right now, I felt as if I got to take a mini-vacation while reading and it was delightful! 

This is the perfect summer read. It is light yet has substance. It is the perfect read to escape in while still providing a book that gives you that emotional attachment to characters you will find yourself attached to. 

Audio thoughts: I listened to this book and found the narrator to really bring the characters to life. Her pacing and intonation were spot on and I enjoyed listening. Jamie Brenner's books just make for good listening!



  1. A lot of us could use a vacation at the beach right now. Great review, Kristin!

  2. Jamie Brenner is an author whose books I have been meaning to get to for some time now. Enjoyed this review.


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