A Summer to Remember

A Summer to Remember

by Victoria Cooke

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ISBN-13: 9780008310264
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/05/2019
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 361,638
File size: 2 MB

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A Summer to Remember 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
gaele 3 months ago
Sam had everything worked out: a job she liked, a wonderful husband and frequent visits with her parents. Until the day Kev had an accident with his motorbike and was killed instantly. Aside from the grief at all she had lost, Sam was also feeling guilty about the night before Kev’s accident – they had been up all night planning their future, and the possibility of a baby. In the past eight years, Sam has done little but build a shrine to Kev in her thoughts: relocating from her small Cotswolds village to London, pushing forward in her career, making new friends but wholly discounting and dismissing any suggestions of finding a new relationship. Her focus has been the 3 month ‘job exchange’ where a team from the UK is sent to Boston to work on a project. She’s wanted this ‘getaway’ and opportunity for years, and with it finally a reality, she’s ready to take on a new challenge at work and spend some time in the US. But all is not simple: she’s discounted and dismissed at work, sent for coffee and donuts and not heard when her input has merit. Frustrated and sick to death of the 3 colleagues she’s travelled with from London, not to mention the new team leader, she’s decided to head off to the beach for the weekend: and the ferry from Boston to Provincetown catches her eye. Arriving in Provincetown, she’s charmed by the weather, the views and a lovely couple that are body painting on the boardwalk. Harry and Barney take to her instantly and fold her into the social whirl they’ve built for themselves, with a few suggestions for her to try. This was a lovely story: from Sam and Ethan first meeting in Boston while he was having one of the worst days, to their undeniable attraction and the continued push-pull of her friendship with Barney and Harry. But through it all, Sam is still clinging to “how she wants” things to be rather than how they are, and her determination to not forget Kev and her love for him is actually stunting her enjoyment and life. When she learns that Ethan has experienced a similar loss, and her feelings for him get ‘confusing’ and more scary, she pushes everyone away, until her very unique perspective on a major client’s project becomes “the” go to option, and Sam has to face both her shame at hurting and running from Harry, Barney and Ethan, but the choice of giving up her life in England to move to Boston for a career-changing opportunity. Lovely descriptions, a clear emotional punch from both Sam and Ethan’s stories, and her circuitous and often challenging path to working through her grief all felt plausible and honest, and is sure to strike a chord with many. It’s a chick lit with surprising depth and emotion, that has light, summery and romantic overtones that bring the story full circle. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
The Eclectic Review 2 days ago
"Maybe your heart can be happy again on a different continent." This is a fun story about lost love and finding happiness again. Sam is lost without her husband and refuses to date anyone again. Ethan has lost his wife and tried to forget by dating too many women. Will they be able to move on with each other? "Why is it that when you want something bad enough and work hard enough for it, it doesn’t come until the worst possible time?" Set in London, Boston and Cape Cod, the story brings Sam to Boston for her dream summer marketing job in Boston and on the way she meets new friends on a trip to the beach. Though Sam and Ethan don’t hit it off at first, the slow build up of their relationship is sweet. When Sam breaks it off knowing she lives across the ocean, she is offered a permanent job in Boston. Will she stay or go? Sam has been a widow for 8 years and her tendency to run away from everything is a bit childish and annoying. On the other hand, Ethan, who has been a widower for some time, is the calmness to her anxiety and his little girl Lexi is a smart cookie. Of course, I can’t leave out Harry and Barney who are believers in true love and give a great lift to the story. Thank you to Ms. Cooke and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectation of a positive review.
BooksTeacupReviews14 2 days ago
A Summer To Remember was heartwarming romance that revolved around Sam who lost her husband in accident 8 years ago, who got opportunity to finds love and happiness once again in life. It was about second chance at love, getting over grief, and moving on in life. Characters- Sam was in her late 30s, passionate and enthusiastic career girl. Her feelings and fear were genuine and realistic. While she was living life, making some amazing friends and doing her dream job she was good at, she didn’t allow anyone to support her, cope with grief and kept pushing her loved ones away. I’m glad she felt change in feelings and emotions on meeting Ethan who made her realize she need her family and love back in life. Her development was gradual. Ethan was great throughout the book.There was more to him and I liked the way he changed Sam’s life and view. loved Barney and Harry. This couple brought fun and light in both Sam and Ethan’s deflated life with their cheerful nature and parties. They were supportive, understanding and lovable. I cannot imagine book without these two. What I Liked- Writing was smooth with beautiful narration, sweet romance and picturesque setting made it aesthetically pleasing. But it’s not just romance here. I didn’t expect the depth to it. Story was told from Sam’s perspective which made feel more close to her than any other characters. Books started with Sam finally getting her dream chance to work in US office for 3 months, summer she didn’t expect to change her life. A summer she will remember all her life and might be part of her life. She was happy being single, good at her job, living life and even enjoying it without love and men. When she started spending her weekends on the beautiful beaches of Cape Cod, her self-imposed perseverance started to falter. She got attached to this small town, new friends and dashing Ethan. Was it just attraction or she is falling in love? Can she give closure to her grief? Will it be just a summer fling for Sam or she will give another chance to love and her life? We see glimpse of Sam’s past, how she met Kev, the day of their marriage, fallout with her parents and the day of accident intermittently. We hear about Ethan’s loss, his struggle and how he managed to live after his loss. Both of their story and feeling were touching. I wanted to reach out to them and give them hug and also a good shake so that they could move on in life. Emotions were the strength of the book. Both characters felt loss and grief. Both reacted to it differently and both spent long time being faithful to their loved ones, living in their memory and going along with life. I could understand Sam’s feelings and reasons up to some extent but I also felt she was being unfair to her parents and Ethan, even to the memories of Kev. The moments they spent together was so romantic, spellbinding, and heartwarming. I loved every bit of it. Climax was surprising. Things took unexpected turn. But it quickly turned in right direction. Honestly I expected it to be bot more dramatic but I guess one blow was enough and Sam might not wanted to ruin the chance. Anyway it was lovely to see their happily-ever-after end. Overall, it was beautiful, heartwarming summery romance with wonderful setting and depth. I highly recommend this book.
Splashesintobooks1 5 days ago
Sam is a young widow who is making a new life in marketing and advertising for herself despite her grief. She's also making good progress at work but wants to have the opportunity so many of her male colleagues have already had to be seconded to her firm's Boston office for the summer. When she's successful, she really wasn't anticipating being largely ignored and sent to get coffees for the other member of the team - who are all male. She's made to feel like a square peg in a round hole. Even going for a walk she's shocked when the man she politely asks to take a photograph of her angrily refuses. Distraught and dismayed by her life in Boston, she decides to make the most of the weekend without work and goes to visit Cape Cod, little realising just how life changing this will prove to be..... This story may be about a summer to remember but it is definitely a story to remember! It is an engaging story about love, respect, grief, friendship, family and second chances. I'm trying not to give spoilers away but have to say the first new friends she makes on Cape Cod are a fantastic couple, everyone could benefit from folks like them in their lives! It isn't just a second chance romance for Sam and there are plenty of surprise revelations as the story progresses. It is a heartwarming romance with great characters, plenty of twists and turns and lots of love. It is a story of emotional healing, being brave, reconciliation, determination and being your best as well as opening yourself up to love. I have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone who enjoys contemporary romances. I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and thoroughly enjoying doing so! I'll certainly be looking out for more by this author in future.
Sheremy2627 5 months ago
A cozy beach read! Sam is assigned to work in Boston for the summer. But her summer assignment isn't everything she hoped it would be, so she escapes to Cape Cod for the weekend and encounters delightful new friends. A light hearted story with lots of laughs about love, loss, family and starting over.
KimReadsBooks 6 months ago
A comfy cozy read. Touching and emotional at times. Really enjoyed the layout of the book with the flashbacks and such. Nice job on the setting, much different than the usual Cotswolds setting. It worked well here. Great read to curl up with a cup of tea.
writerdove 6 months ago
Well, the first chapter erupted off the page in a short, sharp burst of emotion, and the book unfolds from there into a delightful Bostonian adventure. Cooke writes confidently and reading one of her books feels like you are being navigated by a dear friend. The cover is beautiful, the characters wonderfully drawn and engaging, and I really enjoyed this hot summer read. Grab yours now from a master writer.
MKF 6 months ago
Sam is still mourning her husband Kev, seven years after he died in a motorbike accident. She moved from the Cotswolds to London to juice up her life (well, her professional life) but she hasn't moved on romantically. She's wanted to go to the US and finally, finally gets the chance to work in Boston. Things don't go so well there for her but when she goes to Provincetown, she meets Ethan. Oh sigh. You know Sam's going to warm up to the possibility of love, don't you? Ethan's very different from Kev, which is a good thing and the two of them do a nice dance. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. For fans of the second chance at love romance.
AMGiacomasso 7 months ago
A nice summer read that kept me hooked till the last page. I liked the cast of characters, the setting and the plot. It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last. Recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.