THE SUMMER HOUSE, BY JENNY HALE
PUBLICATION: BOOKOUTURE; JUNE 9, 2017
About the Book:
Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast.
Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and the papers say he’s just another playboy, but as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there’s more to this man than money and good looks.
Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets… secrets that stretch across the island and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor.
Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them?
The Summer House is an absolutely gorgeous, heart-warming summer romance, about the importance of family, not keeping secrets, and learning how to open your heart.
The Summer House is the perfect summer beach read set in one of my absolute favorite places on earth – Waves, NC. Callie, her best friend Olivia, and Olivia’s son Wyatt have moved to Waves to renovate and re-open an old inn, The Beachcomber. In the middle of their renovations, Callie meets the famous, handsome, and wealthy Luke Sullivan – and they hit it off instantly. But as they start dating, Callie learns information about his family that tests this new relationship.
Callie was instantly smitten with Luke but then began to doubt who he truly was based on tabloids and articles depicting him as a rich playboy. Luke really tries to win her over, and about the time she’s realized how crazy she is over him, she learns something about his family that causes him to walk away. This left me frustrated because Callie sort of switched overnight from cold to hot with Luke and then Luke did a complete 360 and walked away from her at the first stressful moment. However, sprinkled throughout the novel were some great moments with each of them really showing one another their true selves as they built on a friendship to become more.
I easily related to Callie and her desire to start over, as well as, the issues she had with her mother. Although I think I missed the key elements as to what the problem was with her mother, I got the basic idea. I also related to how badly she missed her grandmother and the beauty of Gladys, Olivia’s grandmother, being in her life.
The Summer House has plenty of surprises, twists, and turns to be interesting, as well as, just good old-fashioned beach romance. This is a quick, light read that is perfect for a lazy day on the beach!
*Thanks to NetGalley for providing this novel in exchange for an honest review!
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