The Forever Summer

The Forever Summer

by Jamie Brenner

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Overview

The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner


*A National Bestseller*


When a DNA test reveals long-buried secrets, three generations of women reunite on Cape Cod for the homecoming of a lifetime.
Marin Bishop has always played by the rules, and it's paid off: at twenty-eight she has a handsome fiancé, a prestigious Manhattan legal career, and the hard-won admiration of her father. But one moment of weakness leaves Marin unemployed and alone, all in a single day. Then a woman claiming to be Marin's half-sister shows up, and it's all Marin can do not to break down completely. Seeking escape, Marin agrees to a road trip to meet the grandmother she never knew she had. As the summer unfolds at her grandmother's quaint beachside B&B, it becomes clear that the truth of her half-sister is just the beginning of revelations that will change Marin's life forever. THE FOREVER SUMMER is a delicious page-turner and a provocative exploration of what happens when our notions of love, truth, and family are put to the ultimate test.

Full of delicious descriptions of coastal New England and richly imagined characters, THE FOREVER SUMMER is an emotional, hot-topic page-turner and a summer must-read

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316394871
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 342,003
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Jamie Brenner was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia but has called New York City her home for the past twenty years. She graduated from George Washington University with a degree in literature and spent her career in publishing before becoming an author herself. Her books include The Gin Lovers, The Wedding Sisters and her next novel, The Husband Hour, will publish in April 2018. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.

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The Forever Summer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first time reading a book from this author. Nice character development and storyline.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Enjoyable
GranbyLibraryBookClub 6 months ago
The Forever Summer A seemingly light and fluffy beach read lead to one of our most enlightening and energetic discussions of the year. "The Forever Summer" by Jamie Brenner focuses on secrets and how, as they unravel, they can make or break a family. Our book group found this enjoyable and fun with a special appreciation for location, as most of us had visited Provincetown, MA. We enjoyed divulging in our own family trees and experiences with DNA testing which plays a large part in this story.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Perfect beach read
Anonymous 8 months ago
This was an impulse buy for me, but I am really glad I gave it a try. Complex charcters you want to cheer for and an ending that left me wiping tears from my eyes.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Heartfelt characters that draw you in. Really enjoyed this book!
Sandy5 11 months ago
Marin was not in love with her fiancé so she broke off their engagement, now she’s in love with a fellow a work, a relationship that is taboo in their environment. Marin finds out that her parents are divorcing and her father has a new girlfriend. Marin receives an email from Rachel. Rachel says that according to a DNA test that she took, Marin is her half-sister and now, Rachel wants to meet her. Marin decides to take a DNA test herself and what she finds is surprising. When she questions her mother about the results, her mother is tight-lipped until Marin pressures her and then, her mother reluctantly tells Marin about her pregnancy many years ago. Marin relationship with her current boyfriend at work is uncovered and the immediate results are not good. It’s pouring in Marin’s world, she thought when she broke up with her fiancé, she might get things back on track but it seems that did not happen. When Rachel arrives to meet Marin, the anticipation of what would occur was mounting inside me. I was hoping something great would transpire as it seemed that Marin’s life was headed in a downward spin. When Marin’s mother arrives on the scene, as this connection was taking place with these girls, I was expecting fireworks. Then, as the girls made plans to visit Rachel’s grandmother (also Marin’s grandmother), I didn’t know what to expect of these three women. Would there be harsh words spoken? An argument? Would someone say something that couldn’t be taken back? I didn’t feel that Marin’s mother was truly honest about Marin’s past and I wasn’t sure she really wanted to be. Rachel and Marin seemed to hit it off with each other and it looked as if Marin’s mother was going to be left in the shadows with Marin learning about her past from someone else. This was an interesting and captivating novel that had some interesting twists inside. There wasn’t any over-the-top drama but it was a novel that kept my interest and as the story played out, I felt a deep connection to the characters and to the lives that they were leading. As the secrets slowly came to the surface, the biggest surprise was how they were handled.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book, did not want it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting family dynamics
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
I found this a fast read. I wanted to keep turning the pages to see how the story was going to develop. I enjoyed it.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This was one of those great feel good stories about family. Of course, it's not all feel good. What family is? There are secrets, break ups, anger, jealousy, death, and backstabbing. When a new company comes out that proposes a new way to test DNA that can be done at home, Rachel decides to find out who her true father is. Little does she know that she will find a half sister and a grandmother. A grandmother who owns a B&B on a small island that has been in the family for multiple generations. She also has a half sister who believes that her divorcing parents are her birth parents. These tests lead change the lives of both girls over the course of one summer. The book is a great story. The characters are very well developed and I loved both the story and the characters. In fact, I really did not want to leave them when the book was finished. I had become attached and felt a part of them. I had went through so much with them. The issues were life changing for these girls and I was with them holding their hands. An entertaining, enjoyable and heartfelt read that I did not want to put down or leave. Thanks to Little, Brown and Company for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Chris721 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! It drew me in and didn't let go! I binge read until I finished it as I couldn't put it down! I loved all the characters and their stories. The setting was just beautiful. I truly could picture myself in Provincetown staying at the Beach Rose Inn and collecting the ocean's treasures on the beach with Amelia and Marin. It is a beautiful story of family, love, and secrets. I received an ARC of the book for an honest review.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved everything about "The Forever Summer" by Jamie Brenner! Kudos to Jamie for such a heartwarming and emotional read. The genre of this novel is Women's Fiction. The descriptions of the scenic beach were wonderful. One could certainly identify with the characters collecting seashells, and walking barefoot in the sand, or walking on the rocks by the water. The Beach Side Inn has such a cozy feel, with a close community of people. The characters were flawed, complex, complicated with contrasts, similarities and differences. Most of the characters were likeable, and at times some were not likeable. I related to the characters, and their emotions. Many of the topics in this novel are relevant today. What if by chance, you took a DNA test for the fun of it, and discovered the results were not what you thought.? What if it traced different familial lineage? What if you discovered secrets buried in your family that seemed like a betrayal? Imagine that you discovered new family members. In "The Forever Summer", the author writes about family, betrayal, forgiveness, secrets, trust, loyalty, love and hope. This was such an endearing and emotional story and I would highly recommend it! I received an advanced copy for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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