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Summer Secrets

Summer Secrets

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by Barbara Freethy

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Summer Secrets is a #1 New York Times Bestseller!

Readers who enjoy books by Luanne Rice, Kristin Hannah and Susan Wiggs will enjoy this emotional and compelling story of love, family and romantic adventure.

Bestselling author Barbara Freethy presents her most powerful contemporary novel -- the story of three unique sisters ... the secrets that


Summer Secrets is a #1 New York Times Bestseller!

Readers who enjoy books by Luanne Rice, Kristin Hannah and Susan Wiggs will enjoy this emotional and compelling story of love, family and romantic adventure.

Bestselling author Barbara Freethy presents her most powerful contemporary novel -- the story of three unique sisters ... the secrets that bind them for life ... and the summer that will set them free.

Eight years ago, the three McKenna sisters -- Kate, Ashley, and Caroline -- had their fifteen minutes of fame. Driven by their ambitious father, they won an around-the-world sailing race as teenagers. But something happened out on the turbulent sea -- during a fierce storm they could never forget ...

Now Tyler Jamison has come to Castleton, a picturesque island off the coast of Washington State, asking questions about the famous McKennas. But even as the sisters close ranks against the tenacious reporter, the past threatens to drown them in its wake. It will take Caroline's willingness to right a wrong, Ashley's struggle to face her greatest fears, and Kate's attempt to embrace life -- and love -- again to finally calm the winds and stop the rain...

Reviews: "Freethy is at the top of her form. Fans of Nora Roberts will find a similar tone here, framed in Freethy's own spare, elegant style." Contra Costa Times

"SUMMER SECRETS is a knock-your-socks-off tale of deception, family, and love." Romance Reviews Today

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Freethy's zesty storytelling will keep readers hooked, and the sisters' loving but prickly interactions will make anyone with a sibling smile."
Booklist Reviews
"Freethy skillfully keeps the reader on the hook, and her tantalizing and believable tale has it all-- romance, adventure, and mystery."

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Barbara Freethy is a #1 NY Times Bestselling Author, a distinction she received for her novel, SUMMER SECRETS. Her 34 novels range from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Nine of her other books have also appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List in the past two years, including Don't Say A Word, All She Ever Wanted, Silent Run, and Just The Way You Are. Her books have won numerous awards - she is a six-time finalist for the RITA for best contemporary romance from Romance Writers of America and her book DANIEL'S GIFT won the honor and was also optioned for a television movie.

Known for her emotional and compelling stories of love, family, mystery and romance, Barbara enjoys writing about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary adventures. She is currently writing a connected contemporary family series, THE CALLAWAYS. Book #1 ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS and Book #2 SO THIS IS LOVE are currently available for purchase. FALLING FOR A STRANGER (Book #3) will be released July 16, 2013

Barbara has lived all over the state of California and currently resides in Northern California where she draws much of her inspiration from the beautiful bay area. Barbara loves to hear from readers so please feel free to write her.

For a complete listing of books, as well as excerpts and contests, and to connect with Barbara:

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Summer Secrets 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 855 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Barbara Freethy is one of those authors who really knows just how to wrap a reader around her little finger. A master at stories of love, family, and relationships, with SUMMER SECRETS she's reached a new and challenging plateau, skillfully weaving an intriguing tale of family loyalty that's set against a backdrop of dark, carefully guarded secrets and the high profile world of blue water yacht racing. This book has something for everyone. It's the perfect summer read!
GraceCC More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, the story of 3 sisters, and the man who comes to town and turns their lives upside down. I know what it's like to get involved in your sister's life, so much drama, so many twists and turns to this story, you won't be able to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Barbara Freethy has long been one of my favorite authors. She's a master of beautifully-woven tales of family and always adds just the right touch of mystery. With SUMMER SECRETS, she has achieved a new plateau, giving us a unique and challenging story of family loyalty and dark deeds from the past set against the exciting backdrop of world class yacht racing. The reader is instantly drawn into this fast-paced adventure, a story rich with marvelous characters, gorgeous locations, and a love that will live long after the final page. This one is a definite keeper!
Patsminkcoat More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and I'm sorry it's over. It was so good. It's a great sisters story. I loved Kate, Ashley and Caroline. The romance was wonderful, too. And I love the twists and turns, the flashbacks to the past. A really well done novel. Very well written. I can't wait to read more books by this author.
lhutch More than 1 year ago
I love Barbara Freethy's books. There is just the right balance of interesting characters. suspense and romance. Summer Secrets had lots of twist and turns, great love story and I was sorry to see it end. The story is based on a family with story intertwining with other's families as well. All bring issues and history to the story and which makes for an interesting as well as entertaining book. I highly recommend it!
Ellie_Johnson More than 1 year ago
Another winner from one of my favorite authors. The story is about three sisters and their somewhat crazy father who is obsessed with all things sailing. The San Juan Islands provide a beautiful setting. And the love story was great. I really felt like Kate had found her match. Lots of complications in this plot. I kept thinking the truth was one thing only to change my mind. I love an author who can keep me guessing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book & really like the author. The sisters characters are very well developed and each sister has her own unique personality. It's not all love and roses, sunshine and light. This story deals with the ugly behind fame while making the characters human. I like that it deals with substance abuse without being preachy. Very well written & I will buy more of her books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous book. Took it on our 3 day vacation and couldn't put it down. It has sisters, secrets, adventure and romance. A really well-told story with characters I'm still thinking about.
hootz More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I took a chance with Summer Secrets, but after the first chapter I was hooked. Barbara Freethy writes in great stride - she keeps you wanting more. It was refreshing not to easily figure out the 'secret', which I found to be the suspense. This was just what I needed after finishing a serious nonfiction novel placed in WWII era. You won't be disappointed if your looking for a great summer read. I will most likely give another one of her books a try.
NooksMyBook More than 1 year ago
A little romance, a little mystery, sibling rivalry...this is a page turner! I got caught up in the characters, their lives and didn't want to put it down. Tried to figure out the secret and thought I had, but it wasn't revealed until the end. I love this author and have downloaded more of her books!
NookReader1 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the storyline and especially liked the characters in Summer Secrets. A real page turner that got me involved and kept me guessing as the plot played out. I definitely will read other books by Barbara Freethy.
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It's one of my favourites
okie_oma More than 1 year ago
The author pulled together the issues of three sisters into one story quite well. It was easy to keep track of the threads from each sister's perspective and wove into a good mystery.
Gnick49 More than 1 year ago
Great book. Three sisters, a couple of sexy guys, an intriguing plot line and lots of back story to make things more interesting. Romance and adventure. I loved the combination. It's a fast read, too. Once you start, you won't be able to put the book down. Highly recommended.
Michele36 More than 1 year ago
Take this book to the beach, or on vacation or anywhere you have a couple of hours to sink into a really good story. Once you get started, you won't want to stop. Lots of surprises in there, too. Great sister story and love story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my new favorite book. The first time I picked it up I didn't put it down until I was finished. I read it from 1 a.m. to 12 p.m. There was no way I was going to put it down until I knew what happened next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The novel started pretty slowly, but evolved very nicely. In the end, I couldn't put the book down.
Cathy Polera More than 1 year ago
My first book by this author. Won't be the last.
JLLo More than 1 year ago
Great suspenseful story. Believable characters with love, lies, secrets and sexual tension. I like a longer book but it didn't take me long to get through it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get it!!! I couldn't put it down. This was the first book I've read from this auther & will read other books in the future. Very enjoyable book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice and sweet, although plot was very predictable,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sisters love mystery secrets absolutely enthralling
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me guessing
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book by this author, can't wait to read more.