That Camden Summer

That Camden Summer

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by LaVyrle Spencer
     
 

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Following such major New York Times bestsellers as Home Song and Family Blessings, one of America's most adored storytellers outdoes herself with this compelling story of a pair of lovers who must battle a town's hypocrisy--a triumphant paean to the power of love.

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Following such major New York Times bestsellers as Home Song and Family Blessings, one of America's most adored storytellers outdoes herself with this compelling story of a pair of lovers who must battle a town's hypocrisy--a triumphant paean to the power of love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A resilient divorce returns with her three daughters to her childhood hometown; a lonely widower makes the rough journey out of the shell of his own isolated soul; and the perennially bestselling Spencer (Home Song) doesn't miss a beat as she expertly gives them a second chance at love. First, however, they have to suffer. It's the summer of 1916 when Roberta Jewett returns to Camden, Maine, after 18 years. As a divorce, she finds herself a social outcast and even her mother thinks she's a tramp (besides which she wants to work, of all things, and own a car). What makes her really mad, however, are men. She doesn't like them, having learned, she thinks, all there is to know from her disastrous marriage. But it turns out that the brutes can be both worse and better than she has ever dreamed. On the one hand, there's Elfred, her lecherous brother-in-law, who can hardly keep his mitts off her; on the other hand, there's Gabriel Farley, the widowed carpenter, and she can hardly keep her mind off him. From the very start, Gabe and Roberta are bickering (``Don't you laugh at me, Mr. Farley!.... I shall own a motorcar, come hell or high water.''). Then, little by little, without really trying, they become friends (as do their children). Her hatred of men wanes, his obsession with his dead wife becomes muted and their attraction heats up with the summer. But when Roberta is brutally raped, all her hopes are threatened. Will she be able to pick up the pieces? Can she face family secrets and challenge the town's benighted hypocrisy? Will Gabe do the right thing? Spencer, famous for her heart-rending slices of Americana, delivers the goods again. First serial to Readers Digest; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections. (Jan.)
Library Journal
At the turn of the century in New England, an independent divorce, progressive before her time, returns to her provincial hometown of Camden, Maine, in order to build a new life for herself and her three daughters. Braving adversaries such as her lecherous brother-in-law, condemning mother, and a community that considers a divorced woman little better than a prostitute, Roberta Jewett behaves "scandalously," securing a job as a county nurse to support her children, learning to drive, and buying a "Model-T car." Roberta is embittered by her humiliating marriage to an outrageous philanderer, but not surprisingly she "finds love" with Gabriel Farley, the gruff yet inwardly sensitive widowered carpenter retained to renovate her home. Although predictable and somewhat belabored, Spencer's latest novel is overall an enjoyable read. Recommended for most libraries, particularly where historical fiction is popular.-Marcie S. Zwaik, "Library Journal"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425233214
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/05/2010
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
775,917
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

LaVyrle Spencer is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary and historical romance novels including Small Town Girl, Then Came Heaven, and That Camden Summer

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That Camden Summer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Tami Clark More than 1 year ago
Loving, beautiful writing. This is a book I feel I will be reading again and again. Well worth the cost.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in high school over ten years ago. I read it a few more times before I graduated. I have now lost track of how many times I have read this book. It now feels like going home to visit good friends and is a comfort to my soul when I need a reminder to stay strong or seek out creativity. I adore the characters and have learned a lot from them about life and love and the value of being true to self.
JayCee7 More than 1 year ago
A lovely story. The main characters are both very likable. Roberta is a divorced mother who returns home to raise her children. She is disappointed to have no family support, but is determined she can make it on her own. After a rocky start she makes a friend in Gabe. Both characters have flaws, which makes them real and easy to love. Roberta is reminiscent of Jo March. Gabe is both strong and sensitive. Their daughters are delightful. I can't wait to read my next novel by LaVyrle Spencer!
Red-SoxGirl More than 1 year ago
When I was looking for a maine romance i found this and read it right away. Scince I've been to Camden before, the characters name some sights that are real,buy it now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was told to pick up a copy of this book. I am glad I did. What a terrific story one to remember for a long time. The charcters were amazing and they all had something special to bring to this story. I would recommend this book to everyone. It was worth reading from start to finish. Didn't want it to end.
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I could not put this book down.. and will be buying and reading more of her books .