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The cottage is in the midst of renovations orchestrated by handsome flirtatious owner, Sam Hanratty. His roguish attention gets Iris' heart doing flips, jump starting it into remembering she's still a woman. Sam's foreman, Eddie Morgan, is the most annoying hulk she's ever met, and Iris's heart sinks like lead when she learns that he alone could sabotage the sale of her property.
Iris' heart gets a workout this summer, with a string of unlikely events that force her to turn inward to examine what makes her tick, what is her heart's true desire and who might hold the key.
Posted September 2, 2010
Originally posted at: www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com ***** A charming seaside town, delightful friendships, and witty dialogue create a captivating read that is heart-warming, poignant, and uplifting. Summer Iris by M. Kate Quinn is, without a doubt, one of the best written debut novels I have read a very long time.
Iris Stanton's fiftieth birthday present from her best friend, Yvonne, is a summer at a cottage by the sea. Iris is standing at a major crossroad in her life. She is divorced, out of a job, and about to lose her home. Upon her arrival at the cottage, she finds herself vexed by Eddie Morgan, the man overseeing renovations on the cottage and charmed by Sam Hanratty, the owner of the cottage. The two men are lifelong friends and total opposites. Iris quickly discovers the joys of small town living when the locals embrace her arrival with open arms. With Yvonne's gentle prodding, Iris begins her journey of rediscovery and transformation.
Summer Iris is a fast-paced and engrossing novel. M. Kate Quinn has an engaging writing style with a quick wit that pulls the reader into the story. The plot and characters are very well developed and realistic. Ms. Quinn keeps the story light and angst free. The scenes with Yvonne and Iris are laugh out loud funny, and I fully believe every woman needs a friend like Yvonne in her life. The relationship between Iris and her daughter, Stephanie, is touching and true to life. Sam and Eddie are both hero material, and Ms. Quinn keeps the reader guessing who will finally win Iris's heart.
Summer Iris by M. Kate Quinn is the perfect summer read. It is light-hearted and fun with an emotionally satisfying, feel good ending. I am eagerly awaiting Ms. Quinn's next installment in The Perennials series!
Posted July 29, 2010
Summer Iris is a story of hope and inspiration for when life throws you curve balls. A page turner for sure, this book is well written and the story flows very nicely. You will laugh and cry as you read about Iris Stanton's game changing summer at the Jersey Shore. Being familiar with the Jersey Shore myself, I particularly enjoyed the local references and could imagine myself living in Silver Crest along with the other main characters. I very much look forward to reading more from M. Kate Quinn.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 25, 2010
Posted July 10, 2010
I had lots of fun reading this book and I highly recommend it. It's a romantic story filled with wit, humor and likeable, believable people. Since I live at the Jersey Shore, I appreciated following the characters as they moved through locations familiar to me. I enjoyed living vicariously through Iris' escapades during the summer as she began to find her true self. I was up till the wee hours of the morning eager to learn what was in store for Iris. At times I actually laughed out loud. I thank MKQ for bringing this wonderful story into the world. A very good summer read and a great way to escape to the Jersey Shore. I'm looking forward to reading her future books!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 9, 2010
This debut novel was the surprise of my summer. I laughed out loud and also felt empathy for the characters. Iris is a sweet, funny, three-D persona that will long be remembered. I highly recommend this great beach read. I'm going to read it again!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 9, 2010
It's so easy to fall in love with the main character Iris. Right off the bat you can tell she is smart and funny but doesn't know how fantastic she really is. The interaction between characters is real and the beach environment makes this book a great choice for a quick summer read. Loved it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 9, 2010
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