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The Perfect Summer (Hubbard's Point/Black Hall Series) [Kindle Edition]

Luanne Rice
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Heartwarming and assured, Rice's latest novel (after The Secret Hour) addresses timeless themes and will linger with readers long after the reading is done. For years, Bay McCabe has kept her family together despite her husband's unfaithfulness. When Sean disappears one afternoon, she discovers that he has embezzled money from many in their small seaside town. Suddenly, Bay and her three children are besieged by the press, isolated from their community and broke. The eventual discovery of Sean's dead body raises larger questions like why he stole, who helped him and whether he might have been murdered. One clue reconnects Bay with widower Daniel Connolly, a boat builder with whom she shared a teenage attraction. As solid as Sean was slick, Daniel rekindles Bay's affections even as his troubled daughter Eliza helps Bay's daughter Annie cope with the summer's horrors. But when it turns out that Danny's late wife may have been entangled with Sean, their tenuous tie threatens to break. Rich with scenic settings and colorful characters, this is a beautifully crafted novel despite some 11th-hour plot contrivances. Rice's ability to evoke the lyricism of the seaside lifestyle without over-sentimentalizing contemporary issues like adultery, anorexia or white-collar crime is just one of the many gifts that make this a perfect summer read.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Rice revisits the small Connecticut town of Hubbard's Point, adding another family to the long list of residents from her previous books. Bay McCabe seems to have the ideal American life with a successful banker husband and three wonderful, normal, healthy children, but on one idyllic summer day life as she knows it falls apart. Sure, she and her husband Sean have had marital problems, but he promised things would change and they do, for the worse. When Sean doesn't come home, Bay starts thinking about all the pitfalls of her marriage, and then the FBI shows up and informs her that Sean is under investigation for embezzlement. Her life is in chaos and the children are terrified, especially her eldest, Annie, who believes that if she could only be what her father wanted her to be, i.e., thin and athletic, he wouldn't have disappeared. A loving look at family and the issues that must be faced when a crisis threatens its cohesion. Patty Engelmann
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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 605 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553584049
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (July 29 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFO8W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,459 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick & Fun Read July 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book in Albertsons because I liked the cover, summer was coming and well why not give it a shot?! I could hardly put it down. It's a great book. A bit of romance, a bit of mystery, a bit of struggle, perfect for some quick reading. Since then I've picked up a few more of Luanne Rice's books; also good. My book club buddies ended up reading this and loved it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Summer Read! July 6 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I truly enjoyed this novel by Luanne! It was a book that was difficult to put down. I liked the characters she created. :)
Liked it so much I bought "Dance with Me"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and riveting! June 13 2004
By justine
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well, I normally adore Luanne Rice and Kristin Hannah, but I haven't read all of Luanne Rice's books so I'm not familiar with the concept that her last couple of books have taken place in the same town.
Anyway, I absolutely loved this book. It blended mystery, love, friendship, and betrayal so well. I was stunned.
However, I had really wanted Mrs. Rice to explore Sean McCabe a bit more. The letter did add a nice touch though. I also wanted to see a bit more from the developing relationship between Tara and the FBI agent. I actually liked them better than Bay and Danny. In truth, Bay and Danny were a bit boring. I didn't really sense the chemistry or the depth of their relationship. It could have been built up a bit more.
But I loved how Mrs. Rice built up the mystery until the end and explained Sean's perspective a bit, because Sean really captivated me more.
I give this book a 5, because it was just plain phenomenal.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sort of Sequal to "Firefly Beach" May 19 2004
By pisces
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It really helps to have read Luanne Rice's previous novel "Firefly Beach" .... as the character of Augusta Renwick, from that novel, is featured extensively, here, in "Perfect Summer".
Many of the Luanne Rice novels have characters that reappear, since Rice has set her last 7 novels in the same seaside Connecticut town.
I like the relationship between best friends Bay McCabe and Tara O'Toole (the Irish Sisters) here. I disliked the over-used theme of a woman finding out that her husband had a secret life.
The whole novel is about trying to uncover what happened to Bay McCabe's missing husband. But, this theme has been so over-used in, say, Barbara Delinsky's "A Woman Betrayed" to Anita Shreve's "Pilot's Wife".
Still, Luanne Rice is a very evocative writer who writes great characters who become your friends, and a wonderful setting, even if you hate the plot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Best Friends May 19 2004
By pisces
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This novel is very similar to Judy Blume's "Summer Sisters"...well not entirely, but the sense of lifelong friendship between Tara O'Toole, and Bay McCabe "The Irish Sisters", is very endearing.
I am addicted to Luanne Rice and her evocative writing in terms of setting (the wonderful seaside Connecticut "Hubbard's Point")....however, her plots are rather thin. The writing and descriptions of the scenery make up for a lot of plot shortcomings.
The plot of this is that overused....What-has-my-missing-husband-been-hiding-that-I-didn't-know-about.......theme.
This was very similar to the plot of Barbara Delinsky's "A Woman Betrayed" and Anita Shreve's "Pilot's Wife"....where the wife discovers her husband's secret life and his being caught up in all sorts of sordid criminal doings.
Maybe Luanne Rice was still wanting to expound on the crime themes she'd started in her "Secret Hour." Because of this, I can really only give "Perfect Summer" three stars.
Still, if you are addicted to "Hubbard's Point", the beautiful writing about that setting, and wonderful friendships---which are a Luanne Rice specialty, this is a must-read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EASY READ! Feb. 25 2004
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I love Luanne Rice's work. She is an easy read - a book to finish in a weekend and this book is no exception. I really wanted to know what happened in the end. I don't want to say too much, but I liked this book a lot. I call these kinds of books, mindless reads b/c they are easy and you can be transported in your mind. Her writing creates vivid thoughts and ideas and you can really SEE where they are in your imagination. I'll be buying more of her stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Summer? Feb. 8 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This summer written about was obviously NOT the perfect summer, anything that could go wrong did. I have read many of Luanne Rice's books, so there must be something I like about the stories. I use the public library and buy very few books, thankfully so if I pick a bummer it's no big deal. I found myself skimming over pages and pages at a time cause they were just too wordy and filled up with unnecessary descriptions and thoughts. One reviewer said the characters were so realistic, but I disagree. In reality would one gardening job provide enough income for a family of 4? I also found the exchanges between the FBI agent and Bay to be a stretch.
But all's well that ends well. Why would the perps find it best to get rid of the witness rather than the van, since that was all the traumatized girl saw? And then attempt it so clumsily?
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4.0 out of 5 stars My first Luanne Rice book! Feb. 5 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
THE PERFECT SUMMER was my first Luanne Rice book. I really liked it a lot! Ms. Rice hooked me rightfrom the beginning of her story! Just ordered several more of her books and hope I will find them as rewarding as this one!
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