Cure for the Common Breakup

Cure for the Common Breakup

by Beth Kendrick


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ISBN-13: 9780451465856
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Series: Black Dog Bay Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 575,290
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Beth Kendrick grew up in New England, but now lives in sunny Arizona, where she dreams of white Christmases and colorful fall foliage. She hasn't watched a horror movie in years, as doing so requires her to sleep with the closet light on. (Yes, really.) She is the author of The Week Before the WeddingThe Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service and The Bake-Off, along with six other novels.

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“Beth Kendrick has reminded me once again exactly why I love her books so much. Cure for the Common Breakup is packed with humor, wit and a lot of heart.  A charming and exceptionally entertaining story!  I can’t recommend this book highly enough.”—Jane Porter, national bestselling author of The Good Wife

“Beth Kendrick has written a sharp, sassy, surprisingly emotional story that will make readers laugh out loud from page one and sigh from the heart at the end.  Light and lovely perfection!"—Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times bestselling author of The Barefoot Bay Series

“Utterly delightful! Summer Benson will charm and disarm her way into the hearts of readers as easily as she does the residents of Black Dog Bay.”—Meg Donohue, USA Today bestselling author of All the Summer Girls

Acclaim for Beth Kendrick
“Kendrick writes with a wicked sense of humor and great wisdom about the power of friendship [and] the importance of true love.”—The Chicago Tribune 

“Kendrick proves she is the leader of the pack when it comes to fashioning cheekily clever love stories, and her latest will delight readers with its delectably acerbic wit and charmingly complex characters.”—Booklist (starred review) 

“In an engaging story about matters of the heart, Kendrick perfectly captures the struggle between who we really are and who we want to be. With its endearing characters and page-turning plot, this novel balances humor and emotion in a way that begs it to be read in one sitting.”—RT Book Reviews


Reading Group Guide


Welcome to Black Dog Bay, a tiny seaside town in Delaware known as “the best place in America to bounce back from your breakup.” Home to the Better Off Bed-and-Breakfast, the Eat Your Heart Out bakery, and the Whinery bar, Black Dog Bay offers a haven for the suddenly single.
Flight attendant Summer Benson lives by two rules: Don’t stay with the same man for too long and never stay in one place. She’s about to break rule number one by considering accepting her boyfriend’s proposal—then disaster strikes and her world is shattered in an instant.
Summer heads to Black Dog Bay, where the locals welcome her. Even Hattie Huntington, the town’s oldest, richest, and meanest resident, likes her enough to give her a job. Then there’s Dutch Jansen, the rugged, stoic mayor, who’s the opposite of her type. She probably shouldn’t be kissing him. She definitely shouldn’t be falling in love.
After a lifetime of globe-trotting, Summer has finally found a home. But Hattie has old scores to settle and a hidden agenda for her newest employee. Summer finds herself faced with an impossible choice: Leave Black Dog Bay behind forever, or stay with the ones she loves and cost them everything....


Beth Kendrick grew up in New England, but now lives in sunny Arizona, where she dreams of white Christmases and colorful fall foliage. She hasn't watched a horror movie in years, as doing so requires her to sleep with the closet light on. (Yes, really.) She is the author of The Week Before the WeddingThe Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service and The Bake-Off, along with six other novels.

  1. Louis L’Amour wrote, “There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” Are there parts of your own life that bear this out? What do you think about this as a slogan for the town of Black Dog Bay and the heartbreak tourists? What other slogans might be appropriate?
  2. Summer and Ingrid establish an unorthodox mentor-mentee relationship, in which they both learn from each other. What are the most valuable lessons each learns?  Think about mentors you’ve had in your own life—do you think you changed their lives, even as they were changing yours? How so?
  3.  The Whinery provides humor, support, and a sense of community to women struggling to recover from romantic setbacks. If Jenna decided to open a second location of the bar in your town, what amenities would you add? What would your signature cocktail be called, and what would be in it?
  4. Lavinia Leighton, the founder of Black Dog Bay, was saved from drowning by a big black dog, which often represents depression in Western literature. Profound loss can result in profound life changes and spiritual awakenings. In your own experience, which factors predict whether someone will “sink or swim” after an unbearable heartbreak?
  5.  Summer is a born adventurer in many ways, including her reckless approach to romance. Paradoxically, she uses flirtation and physical “intimacy” to keep men at a safe emotional distance. What makes Dutch different, in her eyes? What do you think he sees in Summer that makes him respond to her differently than to all the other women who have asked him out?
  6. In some ways, Hattie Huntington exemplifies the phrase “money can’t buy happiness”. What do you think her greatest fear is? Her fondest wish?
  7.  Hollis tells Summer that the mystical black “ghost dog” appeared to her because she had turned a corner on her road to healing. Why do you think the dog appears to Pauline and Hattie at that particular moment in France? Do you think reuniting with Mies would have healed Hattie in the same way that reuniting with Pauline did?
  8. Compile your own breakup playlist. Bonus points if you can sing every syllable at the top of your lungs while crying in your car at a stoplight.

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Cure for the Common Breakup 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Jessica1279 More than 1 year ago
Love Love this book; but please for the love of Thrasher's Fries...It is the Delaware Beaches; not the shore. The shore is in New Jersey. If you're from Delaware and plan to read this book, be prepared to be a bit irked. Once over that? Amazing book!
Echo_InkBerryBooks More than 1 year ago
When you hear people talking about the "perfect summer read," this is exactly the kind of book they're talking about.  Cure for the Common Breakup is the story of Summer, a flight attendant, who's trying to get a handle on her life after a terrifying plane crash and being dumped by her pilot boyfriend who just didn't love her enough. She runs to Black Dog Bay, a small town in Deleware, a town that's been put on the map as the best place to go after a breakup. What starts out as a few-week vacation away from her life, turns into something Summer never expected. This is the perfect mix of humor, romance, and friendship. Beth Kendrick had a way of telling the story of this whole town, and it's cast of characters, in a way that kept the book engaging and light. Cure for the Common Breakup is a story of finding yourself when everything you knew disappears, and giving yourself permission to heal and move on.  The way Kendrick portrays Black Dog Bay makes you want to run away, reality be damned. I wanted so badly to jump into the pages of this book and hang out with its citizens. It's such a charming little town with hilarious, take-no-nonsense people who have the feel of a large family.  I loved this book. I read it in one sitting. It wan't suspenseful, or anything like that, but it kept me laughing and engaged enough to keep turning the pages.  Like I said, if you're looking for the quintessential summer read, this is most definitely it.  I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way shaped or influenced my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictability w unsympathetic characters. Completely missed the mark.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very engaging
CarolineA More than 1 year ago
This book is as utterly delightful as that cover. It is a laugh out loud ’till you cry, unputdownable joy of a book. This book throws you right into the thick of the plot. To be honest, I didn’t care for the beginning. It felt rushed and Summer felt like such an over the top caricature I didn’t think I’d like this book. Then she arrived in Black Dog Bay. And ran over the mayors rose bushes. And blamed it on turtles and Taylor Swift. From this point on I was 100% sold on this charming rom com. I ended up absolutely loving Summer. She has her baggage, and at times it felt like she fell for Dutch too quickly (specifically because of all that baggage!) but I can look past that. Summer is charming and brass and fearless. I loved Dutch. He’s a great hero. He’s a sweet, no-nonsense kind of guy. I hate politicians on principal, but Beth Kendrick had me falling in love with this mayor. The chemistry between Summer and Dutch was amazing. The little inside jokes and flirtations they had were hot, hot, HOT — especially for such a clean book! The side characters were all so charming. I was able to quickly give them all unique voices and even imagine my dream cast for the movie playing in my head. Every single chapter had me wishing I could read JUST ONE MORE, to the point where I accidentally read 50% of the book in one night. I only went to bed because my eyes refused to stay open and the words stopped making sense. And here’s a word to the wise, don’t read this book anywhere you can’t let out a good belly laugh. Because I was holding in laughter while reading this late at night while my husband slept, and it just wasn’t the same. I need to find out what happens next in Black Dog Bay. If you’re in the mood for a light, comedic, romantic page turner, THIS is the book to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not enjoy this book The characters were just a little too shallow for me I do understand that it was supposed to be light and funny, but unfortunately didn't find Summer or her antics funny
bookloverfl12 More than 1 year ago
Can I please move to Black Dog Bay? What a great book! Now, we all know that we cannot take off a long period of time after a break-up - bills need to be paid but who wouldn't love the thought of being able to go somewhere to regroup/recharge/refocus themselves. Great summer read!
MakeupByOne More than 1 year ago
This book is a great summer read!
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Summer is a flight attendant and a function of her job is to always be on the go.  She has never really put down roots and after a tragic accident and a relationship misstep she wants to find a place to heal and decide where the next place will be.  On a funny whim she ends up in Delaware in a community that is known for being a haven for recent breakup victims. From the very beginning, I loved Summer, she was a fantastic character that was enjoying life when she was sent a curveball and instead of wallowing, she picked up and did something about it.  I love how she made an impression on the town, just as much as the town made an impression on her.  It was easy to root for here, which made the book perfectly sweet.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beth Kendrick has become one of my favorite authors, but unfortunately this book was not one of my favorites. I loved the characters, but I thought the storyline was contrived and somewhat disappointing.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I really enjoyed it. There were quite a few moments where I found myself laughing out loud, even though I was waiting for my son at the bus stop. (I probably had some strange looks from the neighbors. Maybe not, they have all seen me reading and walking or reading and waiting for the bus. They should know me by now. ;-) ) I love Summer’s wit, charm, and quick thinking. She cracked me up, especially how she handles the town snobs and entitleds. She is quick on her feet, and she can diffuse a potentially volatile situation quickly and effectively. I wanted her to find her happy ending even though she didn’t want one. Dutch is the guy everyone wants, but no one can get. He seems like a great guy–sweet, romantic, nice. There’s more to him than just what he puts in front of the public. Hattie is lonely and bitter. She is a force to be reckoned with and everyone in town is afraid of her. Everyone except Summer. Hattie met her match in Summer, and their relationship was my favorite. Cure for the Common Breakup is a great summer read. Lots of laughs. Lots of fun. Romance. This is a book that I will read again. Would I recommend it: Yes! Grab a copy, head to your favorite reading spot, or the beach, or the pool, and have a good laugh!!! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Summer Benson is a flight attendant, when the plane she is on crashes and her boyfriend drops bomb on her she decides to head to Black Dog Bay.    After she arrives, Hattie Huntington offers her a job.  Dutch Jansen, the town mayor, and Summer start a relationship with a timeframe and lots of rules.   As Summer realizes that Hattie has a nasty vendetta against the town and a special agenda for both the town and Summer.   I found Cure for the Common Breakup impossible to put down.   Each character, especially the secondary, had cute quirks.    Summer is extremely relatable.    I saw myself as her best friend and wanted to be drinking wine, cork and all, with her.  The fact that Summer was not perfect made her all the more real to me.  She is truthful, loving, and honest.   The snappy and witty dialogue between Summer and Hattie and Dutch kept me laughing and covering my mouth.  I loved that Summer wanted to get fired, but knew she couldn’t, so she kept at Hattie.  The fact that the truth was being told in these conversations only made them better.    Dutch and Summer’s relationship would have not been nearly as wonderful and entertaining without their conversations.   Cure for the Common Breakup is the perfect beach read.   I cannot wait to recommend it as a light and fun read.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was overall good but not great. The characters weren't well developed and the main character was shallow & arrogant. It would be a good light beach read but very forgetable...
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Beth Kendrick's latest book, Cure for the Common Breakup is a fast, easy, read that will have fans lining up to visit Black Dog Bay. The concept of this book was both original and entertaining. A town for the broken-hearted, complete with a wicked matron and a sexy mayor. Kendrick never disappoints when it comes to writing snappy fresh dialogue and creating characters that readers can identify with. Who hasn't had a broken heart at one time or another? Another great read from a master of women's fiction. What I liked: Beth Kendrick is one of those authors that just puts a smile on the face of her readers. When a reader sees one of her books coming out, they know what to expect... the unexpected. Kendrick has a knack for coming up with original ideas and concepts, but still keeping them close to a woman's heart. Kendrick takes her trademark skills with characterization and dialogue and brings Black Dog Bay to life.  This is a one of a kind setting, complete with a great cast of secondary characters and places and names that will stick in the readers head for a long time after the book is done. Setting the book in Delaware was something I didn't expect. I mean what do I know about Delaware, except that it's one of the smallest states in the union. That's about it. So a book set in that locale was original in itself. But Black Dog Bay was especially interesting. I loved The Whinery where the brokenhearted could drown their sorrows and the Ear Your Heart Out bakery where they could find all the chocolate they needed. It was creative and full of surprises, Kendrick really outdid herself with this one. Summer is a character readers first met in Kendrick's previous book, The Week Before the Wedding. She was a real go-getter in that one and she hasn't changed much in the interim. She is a flight attendant that almost dies in a plane crash, who leaves her job and her ex behind and attempts to start over. She lands in Black Dog Bay and the town will never be the same. Summer had spunk, she was  a great character who didn't take things lying down. It's what I sometimes call 'moxie'. She was just a joy to read about. Readers will love her attitude on life and they will be able to relate to her struggle. A great character! There always has to be some kind of conflict or evil in a story to make it work. In this case the bad guy is actually a bad old lady. Hattie Huntington was a gem of a villain. She was old and set in her ways and she had her own master plan for Black Dog Bay and Summer played right into her hand. I thought Kendrick did a great job of creating a villain that was believable and understandable to some degree. The dialogue between Summer and Hattie is probably one my favorite things about this book. It was full of banter and snappy come backs. So much fun to read. What I didn't like: As with most books of this type there was a bit of predictability. Readers know that in the end Summer will get her happy-ever-after. But with this one it's all about the journey and the fact that heartache doesn't have to define you. I liked it more because I knew how it would go, than if I didn't. Bottom Line: This is women's fiction at it's best. Light, fun and full of humor. The girl gets the guy and the town was amazing. I think this is Kendrick's best book to date and readers couldn't find a more perfect summer beach read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is anyone having trouble getting a page to turn when a new chapter begins with the black dog?I've never had a problem like this before.Other pages are fine but when it comes to the black dog it either turns like two pages or nothing.I just have to keep messing with it until l get it right.Very aggravating.It can only happen to me!"!!!!! Granny B. By the way,this book Is close to 300PAGES.