28 Summers

28 Summers

A Novel

Book - 2020 | First edition
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Once a year, Alice and Tom have met on Nantucket Island to rekindle the passionate love affair they began 28 years earlier. But nothing is forever. Tom's wife is in the national spotlight for her campaign for a Senate office and Alice has received a diagnosis that puts her future in doubt. Could their 28th summer together also be their last?
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316462921
Branch Call Number: F HIL
Characteristics: 422 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Twenty-eight summers

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writermala
Sep 17, 2020

Do you like Chick Lit? You will like this book. Do you like good books you will love "28 Summers." The book set on Nantucket Island begins in 1993 when Mallory's Aunt Greta leaves her a cottage in her will. Mallory moves to the island she loves. The fun starts when she agrees to host her brother Cooper's friends and him to celebrate his upcoming marriage. She ends up spending the weekend alone with Cooper's friend Jake McCloud and thus begins a decade long friendship ( I hate to use the word affair) which is only ignited once a year. Based on the classic film "Same time next year," their love story continues from Labor Day to Labor day surviving marriage to someone else, pregnancies, and Jake's wife Ursula's political career. Jake and Mallory are essentially good people who have been kept apart by circumstances and one can't help rooting for them. The ending is a tearjerker but the book is a must read.

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sally_11
Sep 01, 2020

I was caught up in the drama, but the Supreme Court hearings part was too reminiscent of the Bret Kavanaugh nomination where, in my opinion, he was unfairly targeted without believable
testimony and vindictive Democrats. Without that part of the story, completely unnecessary, I would have given a much higher rating.

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RosaReads2
Aug 22, 2020

3 Stars(?) I think 樂

Dang! This hurt and crazily enough, the ending wasn't a devastating surprise, because it was revealed early in the prologue. Thankfully, that also meant there wasn't the emotional manipulation I often feel in these types of stories.

While trying to write this review, it's the most conflicted I've felt when choosing a rating. I struggled with a number of issues, but I still found the story compelling. I mostly felt that the main characters made mountains out of molehills and ended up hurting themselves and others in the process. At no point had the author convinced me that Jake and Mallory were being selfless in their decisions for a "same time next year" relationship. This was disappointing, because I really liked the personalities of the main characters, but not the reasons they committed to their nonsense decisions.

There were also issues in the timeline execution. On two or more occasions, I thought I had missed something vital and had to go back to re-read, only to find out that the dates hadn't been recorded correctly and the jumps in time were confusing. The story spans over 28 years, so careful outlining and dating were critical for the discerning reader.

It took me awhile to get used to the third-person omniscient POV that was intermittently peppered within the story's third-person limited POV. It didn't bother me, but it surprised me the first couple of times it was introduced and it threw off the rhythm of the storytelling. I got used to it, but it wasn't entirely seamless.

My consensus is, if you’re often driven by your emotions when reading, the story can definitely be moving in a number of ways. If you tend to be more analytical, some of the content, character decisions, and formatting can be frustrating. I'm somewhere in the middle where I was emotionally moved, but can't dismiss the glaring issues that I encountered. This author has been recommended to me and I'm under the impression after reading a few reviews by regular readers, that it might not have been the best book to start with. Just my observation.

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bookhangover
Aug 16, 2020

This was by far my best book of the summer. I was reading it very slowly toward the end to make it last. Try to squeeze this one in before the summer is over.

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MRR0664
Aug 15, 2020

I love this author and while the book was o.k., it was not my favorite. It took too long to tell the story, 28 years to be exact, and conversations that should have been had, were never brought up.

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funeehunee
Aug 14, 2020

I love this author and was excited to read this book. However, it was majorly depressing. NOT the book for you if you are looking for a pick-me-up.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Aug 07, 2020

This was a perfect rainy day beach book. I got hooked on the story and couldn't put it down.

Alas, the Same Time Next Year story line started to fizzle and wasn't sustainable over 28 years. I enjoyed her trips down memory lane at the start of each chapter.

Since I've spent many summers at South Haven, MI, I was impressed that she artfully tapped into its summer vibe as well as she does for Nantucket.

The author was prescient on the issue of "ambition" in women. We laud men for making their careers a priority, but we aren't kind to women with the same ambitions. Women are still expected to support their husband's ambitions, but most men still aren't willing to reciprocate. It's something to think about if you have a stellar daughter with big dreams.

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novaavance
Jul 22, 2020

I disagree with the other comments. I thought this book was fabulous, from start to finish.

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happy_0
Jul 17, 2020

This book was a huge disappointment.
Normally, this is a favorite author and
I looked forward to reading this newest
book of hers. I think it fell flat. Don't
waste your time.

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kcarew26
Jul 09, 2020

Depressing. Could see the ending right away.

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