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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

BookHounds

Delphine lives in a beach town that fills up with tourists every summer, most of those are wealthy. She meets Maggie and they develop a fast friendship even though there are gulfs between the two, they share everything each summer as they grow. Now both are heading fo...
Delphine lives in a beach town that fills up with tourists every summer, most of those are wealthy. She meets Maggie and they develop a fast friendship even though there are gulfs between the two, they share everything each summer as they grow. Now both are heading for middle age and they meet again at age 49. Del quit school and returned home to Maine to work for the family business while Maggie marries, has a successful career and children. Del and Maggie lose touch with each other and only at Maggie's insistence do they reconnect. The story alternates between the two growing up together during summers in Maine and their current lives.

I know everyone has a friendship like this one, where a move can sometimes cause two best friends to lose track with each other. Sometimes there is a falling out, sometimes geography plays an important role, but a lot of times, social conditions rule where life takes you. The girls who share everything growing up find themselves with little in common as adults. I thought Del was a quiet individual always trying to be responsible to her family, putting them before herself, while Maggie was a force of nature, knowing what she wants and how to get it. Part of me was upset with Del for not pushing a bit harder in her life, but at the same time, I thought she was right where she wanted to be. This is just one of those books that is a perfect summer read that is still thought provoking and will have you thinking about your own friends.

posted by BookHounds on September 10, 2011

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A Memory-Provoking Tale of Friendship

Sometimes friendship can withstand the test of time, distance, patience, determination and love. When Delphine Crandall, a native of Ogunquit, Maine, met Maggie Weldon , a summer visitor in 1971, they struck up a friendship and "pinky-swore" they would be best friends f...
Sometimes friendship can withstand the test of time, distance, patience, determination and love. When Delphine Crandall, a native of Ogunquit, Maine, met Maggie Weldon , a summer visitor in 1971, they struck up a friendship and "pinky-swore" they would be best friends forever and ever. This stayed true throughout countless summers and into their college years, then, as personalities changed, with fear setting in and self-confidence retreating, their friendship took "a leave of absence" over many years encompassing changes in their families and the path of life both had chosen to take. After 20+ years and many unanswered letters, Maggie contacted Delphine through her parents and announced she had decided to spend her vacation in Ogunquit and catch up on life with her old friend . Delphine dreaded this. She was satisfied with her life and didn't want Maggie butting into her business and asking questions she had no intensions of answering. Delphine liked her privacy and ignored the constant battle within herself that she was indispensable and unappreciated around the family farm business plus dealing with her unhealed heart from breaking up with the now famous Robert Evans so many years ago. Had she done the right thing? Or, was she just scared of what the outcome could have been for both of them? There were times she wished she could "try her wings" and experience life as Maggie had done-complete with career, husband and family. However, this seemed not to be, especially with her long-standing relationship with Harry. Maggie, on the other hand, envied her long-lost friend's capabilities and independence, Through many trials , tribulations and arguments, their friendship triumphs, changing both, with lessons learned, such as, no one is indispensable and sometimes you just have to accept the offer of a helping hand-not only for your sake, but for the giver's as well. This was a slow, extremely detailed read that may "hit you in the gut" as it, perhaps, will tug at your own memories. Nancy L. Narma

posted by 52chickadees on July 30, 2011

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    BookHounds

    Delphine lives in a beach town that fills up with tourists every summer, most of those are wealthy. She meets Maggie and they develop a fast friendship even though there are gulfs between the two, they share everything each summer as they grow. Now both are heading for middle age and they meet again at age 49. Del quit school and returned home to Maine to work for the family business while Maggie marries, has a successful career and children. Del and Maggie lose touch with each other and only at Maggie's insistence do they reconnect. The story alternates between the two growing up together during summers in Maine and their current lives.

    I know everyone has a friendship like this one, where a move can sometimes cause two best friends to lose track with each other. Sometimes there is a falling out, sometimes geography plays an important role, but a lot of times, social conditions rule where life takes you. The girls who share everything growing up find themselves with little in common as adults. I thought Del was a quiet individual always trying to be responsible to her family, putting them before herself, while Maggie was a force of nature, knowing what she wants and how to get it. Part of me was upset with Del for not pushing a bit harder in her life, but at the same time, I thought she was right where she wanted to be. This is just one of those books that is a perfect summer read that is still thought provoking and will have you thinking about your own friends.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Deep but easy read about the treasure of friendship.

    I'm giving "Summer Friends" 3.5 Stars. "Summer Friends" is a story of love and friendship. What would you do to win a friend back? How long is too long to rekindle a friendship? Would you give up on life and love to do your family duty? The innocence of first love and friendship can be destroyed in an instant. Delphine and Maggie couldn't be more different as children. They become instant friends and the love and companionship seems to be strong and healthy until events unfold for these two young women. Questions are left unanswered and dreams are left unfulfilled. Two broken hearts drift apart, lonely and shattered. Delphine Crandall is a woman who lives for her family and community. She feels secure and protected by all that is around her. Once a vivacious and seeming adventurous child, Delphine is now a stoic self sacrificing adult. What changed her perception in life? Delphine is content and happy at 49. That is until an old friend comes to visit. Her forgotten past that she buried away comes rushing back. Never wanting to revisit lost opportunities and regrets, Delphine does not welcome her friend back with open arms. Maggie Weldon has a charmed life. She has a loving husband, two beautiful daughters and a fulfilling career. Something is missing and she believes she knows what it is, her friend Delphine. Her friend has always held a special place in her heart and she misses what they had. Never one to give up, Maggie decides to drag Delphine back into her life, even if she fights her the whole way. She knows what they had will last a lifetime and she is done waiting for Delphine to come to her. Twenty years ago, Delphine walked away from a promising life and Maggie. The mystery of that departure has plagued both women, but in different ways. This story is about a journey of forgiveness and revelations. Ms. Chamberlin eases us through the years, from the beginning to the end. Taking us through the process of discovery that is frustrating and gratifying. Delphine's reasons for her drastic change in early adulthood, is described in a slow thought out process. Maggie's own discovery of her unsatisfying life is also revealed. Together the women realize what friendship is really about and come away stronger women. "Summer Friends" is a thought provoking book. It makes you look at yourself in a different way, making you question past choices and decisions. While the book is a slow read I believe it works. Self reflection sometimes can't be thrown in your face. You need to sit back and allow it to flow over you and sink in. Pick up "Summer Friends" to read about the beauty of commitment between two people that can last a lifetime.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    Pleasant

    I enjoyed. Although it wasnt a book that i just couldnt put down, it did make me do a lot of self reflection on some of my old friendships that I would like to rebuild.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    This is a good story that most women will find relevant. Give i

    This is a good story that most women will find relevant. Give it 4 stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Good summer read.

    Good summer read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Live To Read

    This is a beautiful book on female friendship. Maggie and Delphine are completely different with regards to their social and economic status; even so, they become fast friends when they are younger. Delphine is the one who takes the time to smell the roses; she is kind, thoughtful, and sweet. Maggie lives life a little bit in the fast lane. She is more impulsive, a bit of a spendthrift, and chaotic. They are perfect foils for each other, balancing out each other's characters.


    As with many friendships, the two drift apart after graduation. Maggie and Delphine lead very separate lives; for a gap of two decades, they do not acknowledge their friendship. The reader will find their lives in between interesting, the events are fast-paced and fun to read about. Eventually, they meet again at a time when their lives have calmed down and they both have time for long chats and reacquainting themselves with the other.


    The reader will find this book funny, somewhat dramatic, cute, and sweet. The plot is nothing special, but perfect for the book's purposes. The characters are fun to read about-even the secondary characters. This book is recommended to young adults/adults who enjoy novels like Sarah Addison Allen's containing female friendship.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2014

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    Summer Friends by Holly Chamberlin This summer novel is about tw

    Summer Friends by Holly Chamberlin
    This summer novel is about two women who met each other as girls and summered each year in the same town in Maine. Delphine Crandall not only works the family farm, but helps in the diner.
    Maggie Weldon grew up on the other side of the tracks and has never wanted for anything in her life. They were the best of friends, even pinky promised some things and they were able to go off to college together.
    Years later they reunite back in the town but Maggie can't get through to Delphanie. I found this a hard book to read because there are few characters but mostly they just needed to talk out their problems with one another
    as to why they stopped communicating with each other. Del realizes when a family medical tragedy occurs that she has to back out of her plans with Maggie and doesn't give an explanation.
    Maggie tries to help by intervening several times and Maggie doesn't see that side of things. Glad of the ending and getting things out in the open....
    I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

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    Posted May 12, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Rockstar to all

    We moved to 'sumner' i promise that this willbe the last move f a while

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

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    For The Love of Friendship

    A book with an in-depth look at pure and utter friendship, with a huge amount of soul and heart.

    Readers begin in the 1970's in a beautiful part of Maine, with white sand beaches, sun and relaxation galore. Delphine Crandall lives in Maine full time. A girl who has a huge, supportive family all around, wears faded t-shirts, and loves the old bicycle that was passed down to her by her older sister. It's a fun summer, especially when she crosses paths with Maggie Weldon. Maggie is a great girl who has a completely opposite life from Delphine's. She lives in Lilac House - a very wealthy 'cottage' that her parents renovated and will come to every summer. She dresses to the nines, her bike is brand new and shiny, and she attends Blair Academy in Concord, Massachusetts. Of course, at the age of nine, no one cares about wealth or connections, they're just looking for a fast friend. As the summer comes to an end, Delphine and Maggie make a 'pinky swear,' vowing that - no matter what - they will stay friends for life.

    Over twenty years later, readers join Maggie Weldon Wilkes in her new Lexus heading towards Maine. It's been a long time since she's seen her old best friend. They stayed together through thick and thin, but something happened in their Senior year of college that broke them apart, and Maggie is determined to find out what exactly that was way back when. She has children now - children who are at college and only call Mom when they need money. And she also has a husband named Gregory who is tops in his field, and most of their marriage is done by text messaging because they're always on the run.

    As Maggie journeys back to Maine, and the remembrances come back full force of a friendship so dear that she wants nothing more than to get it back, she notices how the world has evolved. Where there was once peace and serenity, there is now tourists galore and McMansions up and down the coast. When she gets into town, she and Delphine get together for their first talk in a long time, and the novel begins to delve into everything from envy and jealousy of each other's stations in life; to love, sacrifice, and renewing the "vow" that two friends made so long ago.

    Delphine is unmarried with no children. Her boyfriend is a lovely man, but has an ill wife who he can't divorce because he made a vow a long time before. Delphine works her behind off at her family's farm, and spends her spare time knitting, reading, and conversing with her very large cat. She has a difficult time meeting up with Maggie again - not only does Maggie have "wealthy" beliefs that don't jive with Delphine's life, Delphine also wants nothing to do with explaining to Maggie why their relationship had to come to an end.

    The author does a brilliant job of showing the reader how people and friendships evolve as much as the location itself. Both women have come far in life. And, although their differences didn't matter at nine years of age, they create quite a stunning gap when people mature and try to understand a soul that is completely different from themselves. Each and every chapter is lovely and will remind readers just how much their one true friend means to them. Most likely, after this read, there will be a great many phone calls "catching up" with the ones you love.

    Amy Lignor, Reviewer

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