Driftwood Summer

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An engaging novel of sisters, from the acclaimed author who "writes movingly about love and family and the voyage we all take to discover what we really value."(The Island Packet)

Three sisters- responsible Riley, vivacious Maisy, and fun-loving Adalee-reunite to save the family's beach-community bookstore. But summer also marks the return of Mack Logan, whose choice of Maisy over Riley years ago destroyed the special closeness between the ...

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Overview

An engaging novel of sisters, from the acclaimed author who "writes movingly about love and family and the voyage we all take to discover what we really value."(The Island Packet)

Three sisters- responsible Riley, vivacious Maisy, and fun-loving Adalee-reunite to save the family's beach-community bookstore. But summer also marks the return of Mack Logan, whose choice of Maisy over Riley years ago destroyed the special closeness between the sisters...

Now Riley, a single mom, is hiding a shattering secret about their mother. Maisy, a California designer, still blames Riley for ruining her one true love. And Adalee resents the family's intrusion into her summer plans. All three will be forced to confront the conflicts that tore them apart and the bounds of love and loyalty that still draw them together...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451226884
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 481,509
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Patti Callahan Henry

Patti Callahan Henry lives with her husband and three children and is working on her next novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Driftwood Summer

    I truly enjoyed reading this splendid novel. Patti Callahan Henry has truly created a beautifully-written, engaging novel that is rich with emotion. Set in a Georgia beach community, it tells the story of the three estranged Sheffield sisters who reunite to save their family's beloved bookstore. As they host a week of bookstore events, all three are forced to confront the conflicts that tore them apart. In the end, their family loyalty and love for each other draws them together again. Magnificently told in alternating narratives, each sister's unique and relatable story is told. As a sister myself, I really, truly loved this heartwarming tale of the loving and imperfect bond between sisters. I highly recommend this wonderful, touching book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

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    A perfect summer read for bibliophiles!

    I am a librarian that spent all the summers of my youth at the beach, so it doesn't get any better for me than a story that is set in a bookstore at the beach! This is the story of three sisters who each fall into their own molds - Riley, a single parent, is the reponsible one, Maisy has run away from family problems and confrontations -- all the way to California, and Adalee is a college student who plans to spend her summer with a boyfriend and does not expect family interference. The author gives each sister enough individuality to allow them to step far enough out of the molds to be memorable to readers. A lot of what happens is predictable, but readers will be more than satisfied when family obligations help all three girls realize just with whom and where they really belong. References to the book clubs meeting at Driftwood Cottage Bookstore, such as the Blonde Book Club, and to books themselves, including Beach Music by Pat Conroy, will leave book lovers smiling. Light and easy, this is the epitome of a perfect summer read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Great Relaxing Reading

    This is absolutely the best of Patti Callahan Henry's books. She keeps the plot going, the people make you want to have lunch with them and I never wanted to lay the book down. Just don't read it at bedtime . . .you'll never get to sleep for wondering what those people are doing!

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  • Posted July 16, 2009

    A WONDERFUL, CHARMING STORY!!

    Patti Callahan Henry has truly created a beautifully-written, engaging novel that is rich with emotion. Set in a Georgia beach community, it tells the story of the three estranged Sheffield sisters who reunite to save their family's beloved bookstore. As they host a week of bookstore events, all three are forced to confront the conflicts that tore them apart. In the end, their family loyalty and love for each other draws them together again. Magnificently told in alternating narratives, each sister's unique and relatable story is told. As a sister myself, I really, truly loved this heartwarming tale of the loving and imperfect bond between sisters. I highly recommend this wonderful, touching book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Shadowhound

    Marks venomclans territory

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Cloudspots

    Nods snd drags himself back to camp.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Silverdance

    "Sure!" She said

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Moonkit

    Its okay

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Splashkit

    Okay

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    It would be nice to read a sample. Except you can't!

    There are only 9 pages in the sample and all of them are bkurbs on the authos other books! Fix it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

    Great Summer Read!

    Just a lovely book. Discoverd this author in a little bookshop in the
    "low country" Georgetown. Totally disarming and intriguing.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    on writing

    Speaking before a packed auditorium at the Decatur Library Auditorium at the Georgia Center for the Book on the launch celebration of her latest book on June 1, Patti Callahan Henry ponders how she writes. Using the Socratic Method, Henry has always asked "what if?" Then she mixes this curiosity with her loves. In Driftwood Summer, she blends her love of beaches, sisters, and bookstores coupled with love itself in masterfully tale of making choices. While always having a love of reading and blending her skills as a writer.



    Professionally she majored in nursing at Auburn University; she always came back to her love of reading and writing. In her thirties she finally broke and became a writer following her passion. Her books are masterfully crafted processes that will enable the reader enter the lives of her colorful characters.



    As a mother of three, she juggles her duties as super mom, car pool queen, and devoted wife to carve out time to write. "Her people", which include a staff of herself carries the duties of research, story telling, and completing her works.



    Henry allows her books to organically involve and she gets to know her character as friends. What are their likes dislikes and taste is all part of her creative process. What is the common thread to her six novels are that she puts her characters at a "Y" crossroads in their lives. They have to make a life choice and deal with the change. These books are a perfect escape as we begin the dog days of summer.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

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    Nice Read for Summer Time

    I waited to read this book in the summer, and I'm glad. If you like books of people who were lost or life has been passing them by, and then they come home to find meaning again, this is a good book. I enjoyed it, especially since I have two other sisters myself.

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

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    A STORY OF LOVE, FAMILY, AND FORGIVENESS

    Earphones award winner Julia Whelan is a former child actress who first appeared on screen at the age of eleven. She returned to acting following completion of her college degree. Television appearances soon followed, and she is seen in the 2010 fantasy thriller film Fading of the Cries. In great demand for various roles she has narrated romance and supernatural thrillers as well as both young adult and adult fiction. It's not easy to narrate a story in which the prominent characters are three sisters, but Whelan handles this with aplomb clearing defining each of the trio.

    Popular author of The Art Of Keeping Secrets, Patti Callahan Henry now gives us a story a touching story of love and forgiveness. It is June when the Sheffield sisters are together once again in Georgia, Palmetto Beach to be exact, their small seaside hometown to celebrate their mother's birthday and attempt to save the family business, Driftwood Cottage Bookstore. After all, the cottage itself is said to be 200 years old, and has been a bookstore for a dozen of those years.

    Riley, the eldest sister and a single mother, co-owns the shop with Kitsy, her mother. Maisy, the middle sister, is now a very successful interior designer based in California, and youngest sibling, Adalee, is in college. Each, of course, brings with them past feelings, unforgotten injustices (both real and imagined), and a bevy of other memories from days long gone by. Neither Maisy or Adalee are happy to be called upon to save Riley's book store - Maisy well remembers the summer handsome Mack Logan took a shine to her when he was Riley's best friend, and Adalee would much rather be spending the summer with her boyfriend, Chad.

    Nonetheless, here they all are, including Mack whose appearance causes the sisters not only to remember but also to try to resolve some long kept feelings. DRIFTWOOD SUMMER is a story of love, family, and forgiveness.

    Enjoy!

    - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    Wonderful Read

    Couldn't put it down!!! Wonderful!!

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    Patti Callahan Henry among top of Southern writers

    Patty Callahan Henry's "Driftwood Summer" is one of her best
    summer novels and doesn't disappoint readers who especially
    enjoy her beach reading with some substance to it.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    A great read!

    One of my favorite books of the summer!! I love the characters and can see family members in each one!! I grew up in a small town not far from the beach and I so remember things mentioned in the book. Lovely story!!

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

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    Patti Callahan Henry Does it Again

    Summertime is perfect for reading, longer days, slower pace and vacation time. More daylight hours and hot weather doesn't mean that books have to be "lite." In fact a good read may have a summer setting but still can be considered literature. Patti Callahan Henry's Driftwood Summer is an exceptional example with well-developed characters inspiring empathy, an interesting location along the seashore (Palmetto Beach), a struggle to save the family bookstore and a storyline that keeps the pages turning.

    Ms. Callahan Henry will be reading from and signing Driftwood Summer at two Atlanta area locations. On Wednesday, August 5, 2009 she will be appearing at 6:30 p.m. at the Book Exchange (2956 Canton Road, Marietta, GA). Fox Tale Book Shoppe will host the author on August 8 at 1:00 p.m. (105 East Main Street, Woodstock, GA). For a full tour schedule please visit the publisher's website www.penguin.com.

    Sister fiction and memoirs are proliferating faster than corn and peaches reaching maturity in the summer. Driftwood Summer's protagonists, Riley, Maisy and Adalee Sheffield have the usual love/hate relationships but are bound together by their mother, Kitsy, the manipulative sort who tells her daughters everything that is wrong with them under the guise of love. When grown-up Riley, a single mother, asks Kitsy to "quit talking to me like I was 12 years old." Kitsy responds with, "God, sometimes I wish you were. Then I could change so much about what happened."

    As the novel opens, planning for week of festivities to fete Driftwood Cottage's 200th anniversary is in the works to raise awareness and funds to keep the bookstore in business. Kitsy has had an accident and is bedridden while all the planning goes on around her much to her dismay. After all she is the only one who knows how to do everything absolutely perfectly, at least that what's she tells her daughters.

    Maisy and Adalee, who have escaped their overwhelming matriarch by leaving town and creating their own lives, are on their way home (albeit not with much enthusiasm) to help Riley plan the events. The cottage was the family home of Mack Logan, the love interest of both Riley and Maisy when they were teenagers. Kitsy turned Driftwood Cottage into a cozy bookstore and Callahan Henry's description of the reading nooks, multiple book groups and the well-read staff make one want to venture out in search of this independent bookstore, snuggle up into one of the mismatched arm chairs and get knee deep into a great book. The bookstore is populated with customers whose hilariously quirky ways lend to the overall story and contribute to the raison d'être for keeping the store alive.

    Each sister's character unfolds psychologically and with respect to jobs, boyfriends, and relationships between each other. The author moves seamlessly between the present and the past causing no confusion for the reader and the time frames spur the story line along with not a wasted word.

    Mack Logan returns to Palmetto Beach for the anniversary party and to resolve his relationships with the sisters. The reader is cheering the characters along for a much deserved romantic outcome. Love moves in and out in the present day much as the snowbirds pack and unpack their homes annually. Let's just say that the end is deliciously satisfying.

    Reading Driftwood Summer inspires one to dip back into Callahan Henry's previous novels for additional eloquent and rewarding storie

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    didn't want the book to end

    this was my surprise book of the summer so far.....very engaging characters; believable plot; a page turner for sure.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

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    Great book for all book lovers!

    Driftwood Summer is a wonderful read about families and a wonderful beach community that comes together at the Driftwood Bookstore. A must read for summer!

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