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Summer Island: A Novel

por Kristin Hannah

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A poignant, funny, luminous novel about a mother and daughter--the complex ties that bind them, the past that separates them, and the healing that comes with forgiveness. Years ago, Nora Bridge walked out on her marriage and left her daughters behind. She has since become a famous radio talk-show host and newspaper columnist beloved for her moral advice. Her youngest daughter, Ruby, is a struggling comedienne who uses her famous mother as fuel for her bitter, cynical humor. When the tabloids unearth a scandalous secret from Nora's past, their estrangement suddenly becomes dramatic: Nora is injured in an accident and a glossy magazine offers Ruby a fortune to write a tell-all about her mother. Under false pretenses, Ruby returns home to take care of the woman she hasn't spoken to for almost a decade. Nora insists they retreat to Summer Island in the San Juans, to the lovely old house on the water where Ruby grew up, a place filled with childhood memories of love and joy and belonging. There Ruby is also reunited with her first love and his brother. Once, the three of them had been best friends, inseparable. Until the summer that Nora had left and everyone's hearts had been broken. What began as an expose evolves, as Ruby writes, into an exploration of her family's past. Nora is not the woman Ruby has hated all these years. Witty, wise, and vulnerable, she is desperate to reconcile with her daughter. As the magazine deadline draws near and Ruby finishes what has begun to seem to her an act of brutal betrayal, she is forced to grow up and at last to look at her mother--and herself--through the eyes of a woman. And she must, finally, allow herself to love.… (mais)
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Years ago, Nora Bridge walked out on her marriage and left her daughters behind. She has since become a famous radio talk-show host and newspaper columnist beloved for her moral advice. Her youngest daughter, Ruby, is a struggling comedienne who uses her famous mother as fuel for her bitter, cynical humor. When the tabloids unearth a scandalous secret from Nora's past, their estrangement suddenly becomes dramatic: Nora is injured in an accident and a glossy magazine offers Ruby a fortune to write a tell-all about her mother. Under false pretenses, Ruby returns home to take care of the woman she hasn't spoken to for almost a decade.

Nora insists they retreat to Summer Island in the San Juans, to the lovely old house on the water where Ruby grew up, a place filled with childhood memories of love and joy and belonging. There Ruby is also reunited with her first love and his brother. Once, the three of them had been best friends, inseparable. Until the summer that Nora had left and everyone's hearts had been broken. . . .

What began as an expose evolves, as Ruby writes, into an exploration of her family's past. Nora is not the woman Ruby has hated all these years. Witty, wise, and vulnerable, she is desperate to reconcile with her daughter. As the magazine deadline draws near and Ruby finishes what has begun to seem to her an act of brutal betrayal, she is forced to grow up and at last to look at her mother--and herself--through the eyes of a woman. And she must, finally, allow herself to love.
  Gmomaj | Jan 18, 2021 |
It takes going back to their childhood lifestyle for the characters to grow up about their hangups. Understood Nora the mother wanting to keep her secrets for so long. But why the Dad? Ruby was unbelievably self-centered in her thinking that her hurts were all that mattered. Never really got to know her sister or her kids. Rich kids Dean and his cancer brother Eric were good additions to story. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
A real page turner! Couldn't put it down! ( )
  Cindy-Gold | Oct 21, 2020 |
"Summer Island' deals with a young woman Ruby who is estranged from her famous mother (Nora) and barely talks to her older sister and father who is long remarried with a new child. Readers are slowly walked through these two women's histories and we find out what Nora did to have her estranged from Ruby and partially estranged from her other daughter as well.

I liked the character of Ruby. She was feisty, but passionate. Also was totally in the wrong several times so I did feel for her. What was good though is that she didn't just stick her head in the sand when she slowly found out her mother's real history which led to her own. I do wonder though how she didn't see what was really going on? I think sometimes you see what you want, and this book takes a mirror up to those who believe that their childhoods were perfect and turns it on their head when it's revealed not so much.

I felt for Nora too though I wish we had gotten more involved with her storyline. I liked how the book focuses on Ruby with Nora coming along to give clarity to more and more. I wonder though why she didn't try sooner with Ruby though? Did she not just want to deal with rejection? Was it easier? Considering that Nora's job was an Agony Aunt of sorts it seems surreal she was advising other people on their lives when her life was really not this idealized thing. When Nora's past comes a calling, I think Hannah did a great job showing the repercussions of what would happen.

One reason why I gave this only four stars though, is that we don't spend much time with Ruby's sister (Caro) who was dealing with some very real things. I didn't like how her storyline ended up, since it felt tacked on (give everyone a happy ending). It would have worked for me if there was a sequel dealing with Caro and what was going on in her marriage and how she felt overwhelmed as a mother.

The other person this book focuses on is Ruby's old boyfriend Dean and his brother who is dying of cancer. I really wish that Dean had been cut out of the book. He added nothing to the story and I find it hard to believe based on what we see of him initially, that he was sitting around pining for his teenage girlfriend. He and Ruby really didn't have any chemistry, and I was more focused on the storyline focusing on Ruby and her mother, and then Ruby and her sister then with him.

The writing was really great and the book flowed wonderfully. We get to see the roller coaster of Ruby and Nora's relationship and how flawed things were and why neither one of them really wanted to revisit the past.

The setting of Summer Island in the San Juans didn't really get used that well. We had people go sailing and go to the beach once in while, but nothing else really. I would have liked the beach aspect or the small island life with people that both characters would have known get used a lot more. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Summer Island by Kristin Hannah is a novel that focuses on an estranged mother and daughter. I loved how Ms. Hannah portrayed the mother and daughter. It was also nice to throw a little romance in there. I would recommend this book. ( )
  Martha662 | Jun 27, 2020 |
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A poignant, funny, luminous novel about a mother and daughter--the complex ties that bind them, the past that separates them, and the healing that comes with forgiveness. Years ago, Nora Bridge walked out on her marriage and left her daughters behind. She has since become a famous radio talk-show host and newspaper columnist beloved for her moral advice. Her youngest daughter, Ruby, is a struggling comedienne who uses her famous mother as fuel for her bitter, cynical humor. When the tabloids unearth a scandalous secret from Nora's past, their estrangement suddenly becomes dramatic: Nora is injured in an accident and a glossy magazine offers Ruby a fortune to write a tell-all about her mother. Under false pretenses, Ruby returns home to take care of the woman she hasn't spoken to for almost a decade. Nora insists they retreat to Summer Island in the San Juans, to the lovely old house on the water where Ruby grew up, a place filled with childhood memories of love and joy and belonging. There Ruby is also reunited with her first love and his brother. Once, the three of them had been best friends, inseparable. Until the summer that Nora had left and everyone's hearts had been broken. What began as an expose evolves, as Ruby writes, into an exploration of her family's past. Nora is not the woman Ruby has hated all these years. Witty, wise, and vulnerable, she is desperate to reconcile with her daughter. As the magazine deadline draws near and Ruby finishes what has begun to seem to her an act of brutal betrayal, she is forced to grow up and at last to look at her mother--and herself--through the eyes of a woman. And she must, finally, allow herself to love.

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