My Rating: 4 Stars
Sex Scenes: No.
Subject: Diferent lives of people who have a house in common.
Physician Bess Codman has returned to her family's Nantucket compound, Cliff House, for the first time in four years. Her great-grandparents built Cliff House almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Though she' s purposefully avoided the island, Bess must now pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave.
The Book of Summer unravels the power and secrets of Cliff House as told through the voices of Ruby Packard, a bright-eyed and idealistic newlywed on the eve of WWII, the home's definitive guestbook, and Bess herself. Bess's grandmother always said it was a house of women, and by the very last day of the very last summer at Cliff House, Bess will understand the truth of her grandmother's words in ways she never contemplated.
This one was a hard book to read.
Like other work from the author I've had the pleasure of reading, it's about real people and real life problems. It's never easy reading about loss of lives, ending of friendships or extremely hard decisions that have to be made.
The author takes us on a long ride through all the lives that have passes though this Summer house during a time when life wasn't easy. The country was at war, lives were lost and people got lost too within the craziness of battle.
Nowadays it might seem difficult to understand, with all the technology we manage, but back then people lost touch for years and years and there was nothing they could do. Sometimes all they had were the memories they made, and this house was full of them.
It was really interesting the way in which the author connected the past lives with the lives of the present occupants of the house, and how things tend to repeat, lies and secrets stay hidden forever, and in most cases they end up mixed up with the memories of these peoples.
When talking about love the author has a melancholy about it, the main characters are trapped in lives where they choose to ignore the problems to find something close to happiness and some of them are too scared to take the leap and find out what could it be if they just chose love. A lot like real life itself.
A truly amazing read.