Driftwood Summer

Driftwood Summer

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by Patti Callahan Henry
     
 

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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

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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 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451226884
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/02/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
467,355
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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

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Driftwood Summer 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are only 9 pages in the sample and all of them are bkurbs on the authos other books! Fix it!
mizchar More than 1 year ago
Just a lovely book. Discoverd this author in a little bookshop in the "low country" Georgetown. Totally disarming and intriguing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
MLE09 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down!!! Wonderful!!
lovebooksPJ More than 1 year ago
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!!
GoosePC More than 1 year ago
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!
Dindy More than 1 year ago
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
Bearcat52 More than 1 year ago
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!
para More than 1 year ago
this was my surprise book of the summer so far.....very engaging characters; believable plot; a page turner for sure.
MinnesotaReader More than 1 year ago
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!!
yayajencz More than 1 year ago
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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Meaningful_Book_Lover More than 1 year ago
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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