The Summer that Made Us
About the Book:
Mothers and daughters, sisters and cousins, they lived for summers at the lake house until a tragic accident changed everything. The Summer That Made Us is an unforgettable story about a family learning to accept the past, to forgive and to love each other again.
That was then…
For the Hempsteads, two sisters who married two brothers and had three daughters each, summers were idyllic. The women would escape the city the moment school was out to gather at the family house on Lake Waseka. The lake was a magical place, a haven where they were happy and carefree. All of their problems drifted away as the days passed in sun-dappled contentment. Until the summer that changed everything.
This is now…
After an accidental drowning turned the lake house into a site of tragedy and grief, it was closed up. For good. Torn apart, none of the Hempstead women speak of what happened that summer, and relationships between them are uneasy at best to hurtful at worst. But in the face of new challenges, one woman is determined to draw her family together again, and the only way that can happen is to return to the lake and face the truth.
Robyn Carr has crafted a beautifully woven story about the complexities of family dynamics and the value of strong female relationships.
In a lot of ways, this is the proto-typical "beach read". There is a beach house which has been in the family for generations; the family that used to gather there yearly; the summer romances; the guy across the lake; and the tragedy that tore everyone apart. Nevertheless, Robyn Carr does a good job with this trope. Her characters include the likable, the pitiable and the one you just want to shake. The story has just enough twists to keep it interesting.
As the summer draws to a close, all have had their lives changed, and improved by facing the demons of their past and realizing that things really weren't just thier fault.
I'd like to thank Little Bird Publicity for inviting me to participate in this blog tour and providing a complimentary review copy. Grade: B.