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Summer Island by [Hannah, Kristin]
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Few authors dare to truly analyze the complex natures of mother-daughter relationships. In her novel Summer Island, author Kristin Hannah perfectly captures the bittersweet, inspiring, disappointing, tragic, and human aspects of such a relationship. Set in the tranquil, present-day San Juan Islands, Summer Island presents itself as a deep investigation of the ramifications of a mother's abandonment of her two daughters. Unlike many similar novels, this one delivers the goods.

When Nora Bridge left her husband and her two daughters 10 years ago, she took the only route she could see, and assumed she still had her daughters' love. Now, though she is distant from her own daughters, Nora is the hostess of a radio advice show, where she advises listeners that "family comes first." When a scandal breaks and Nora hits rock bottom, she finds she has to rely on the two people she has betrayed most deeply: her daughters, Ruby and Caroline.

As an aspiring and failing comedian, Ruby's life in Los Angeles has shrunk into a directionless morass. She says when she dismisses superstition, "As if she needed magic to tell her that she was stuck in the spin cycle of her life." Though neither she nor Caroline are inclined to help their mother, Ruby finally agrees when a magazine offers to pay her for a tell-all exposé.

With a masterful balance of cutting wit, realistic dialogue, and lyrical description, Summer Island is by far Hannah's greatest work. Mothers, daughters, and sisters are sure to mark the passages and lend this novel to each other. If this is the standard for future Hannah novels, her fan base is sure to grow.--Nancy R.E. O'Brien

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Second-chance love of a different stripe--between mother and daughter--is the focus of Hannah's (Angel Falls) overheated family drama. More than 10 years ago, Nora Bridge walked out on her husband and two daughters. Now a wildly popular radio talk-show host and syndicated columnist, Nora offers inspirational advice that appeals to listeners' family values. What Nora's fans don't know is that her youngest daughter, Ruby, now 28, hasn't spoken to her mother in years. When a scandal breaks concerning Nora's unsavory past, Ruby, whose stand-up comedy career hasn't taken off the way she hoped it would, is hired to pen a tell-all article. Conveniently for Ruby, Nora is injured in a car accident and needs someone to accompany her to the family's former retreat on Washington's Summer Island. Once mother and daughter begin to get reacquainted, however, trading secrets, learning to see each other as people and healing the wounds of the past, Ruby isn't sure she wants to write the profile after all. Two subplots drive home the same lesson: one featuring Ruby and Dean, the young man Ruby pushed away while she was too busy hating her mother, and another involving Dean and his gay brother, Eric, now dying of cancer--conveniently, Dean and Eric are staying on a neighboring island, trying to get reacquainted. In all cases, Hannah's prescription for saving shaky relationships is the same: talk and forgiveness. The cozy sentimentality may appeal to fans of confessional talk shows--others will want to give Hannah's latest a miss. (Mar.)Forecast: Crown is backing Summer Island with a first printing of 125,000, advertising in major national publications and a teaser excerpt in Ballantine's mass market edition of Angel Falls, due out this month, but it's unlikely that this by-the-numbers offering will expand the author's reader base.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2939 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345441133
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (June 25 2002)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1KKC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,727 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on Nov. 20 2001
Format: Hardcover
Summer Island caught my attention from the opening line through to the end. This is a wonderful book exploring the truth about a family breakup and the relationship between a mother and her daughters.
Nora Bridge, popular talk show hostess and columnist, has her reputation shattered by her past coming back to haunt her. With her life in ruins she escapes back to where it all started, Summer Island. Ruby, Nora's estranged daughter accompanies her mother not as a jesture of good will, but in order to further investigate her life and write an expose' to further her own career. Neither mother nor daughter is truly prepared to face the truth about the past.
Eric and Dean Sloan have also come back to Summer Island to face their greatest fears. Eric is dying of cancer, brother Dean is the only one in his family who is willing to be there for him. Dean's memories of Summer Island are also wrapped in memories of Ruby Bridge, his first and only love and the life they never got to share.
The Bridge family and the Sloan family come together to share a painful journey towards healing. The book is both sad and uplifting and left this reader wanting more. Truly an inspiring story.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nora Bridge has struggled to become the successful advice columnist and radio talk show host that she is. She particularly enjoys the legions of fans who hang on to her every word, and call in to ask deeply personal questions, relying on her moralistic and often harshly accurate advice. But the world she's built soon comes crashing down, when a man Nora had an affair with years ago surfaces, baring nude pictures of her in his arms. And when her fans find out that she was still married to her ex-husband at the time the pictures were taken, they're ready to turn against her. After all, how could they continue to take marital advice from a woman who is so clearly a hypocrite?
As Nora sees her career coming to an end she hits rock bottom, believing that the past has finally caught up to her, and she's now lost everything. Eleven years ago, when her marriage ended, she left behind two young daughters who were distraught and betrayed by her actions. Even after all these years, Nora still has an estranged relationship with them both. Ruby, the younger daughter, has proven to be especially difficult, refusing to speak to Nora for over a decade and struggling to make a career as a stand-up comedian out of her resentment for her mother.
When an accident brings Nora and her daughters back to the place that holds so many memories for all of them, the barriers they've built around them come crashing down. But can a few days in a home filled with old memories be enough to erase so many years of deep resentment?
Kristin Hannah's strength as a writer shines through her characterization. Nora is extremely believable as a guilt-ridden mother yearning to make up for the mistakes she made in her past. Ruby is equally endearing as the betrayed daughter who harbors a lot of resentment for Nora.
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If I could ignore contrivance, unrealistic plots, and stupid dialogue, this would have gotten 5 stars from me. It is a great book to sit and read on the beach. But since I nit-pick every little detail in books, I have to tell you that this book will probably never be opened again.
First, where to start. Maybe I'm a cynic, but I'm trying to picture all of America caring if Dr. Phil or the late Ann Landers had some dirt dug up on them about an affair from years earlier. I have a hard time imagining anyone caring. And if people did, I have a hard time imagining it ruining a career like it did for main character Nora Bridge. But somehow, she goes from being some huge celebrity to someone who has to hide out from the press. Because there is no celebrity gossip better than some B list radio show host who did something naughty. Anyhow, I digress. It is stupid, but it is integral to the entire book.
I really liked the daughter Ruby at the beginning. She reminds me of a couple people I know, how they had made some bad choices, and their lives hadn't turned out the way they had wanted. But I was disliking the evolution the character took by the end of the book. Healing 11 years of anger and resentment with her mother was so nice to read, and made the story enjoyable. But it happened within a period of a couple of days. It seemed so unrealistic to me, but it was well-written and enjoyable. I wish the same could be said with her so called relationship with Dean. Ruby is reunited with Dean, who she hadn't seen for 10 years, when they were TEENAGERS, they basically have a couple of really short, shallow, unrevealing conversations, and end up declaring their love for each, having sex on the spot, then a post-coital decision to get married.
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This has got to be one of the most touching stories I have ever read. A story about a mother who tries to get close to her daughter she hasn't seen in 10 years and the pain that ensues. A tide of emotions and trials that left me crying at the end. A true life look into a real family's heartbreak. I would've given this wonderful story 5 stars, but I thought the parts with Dean (the long lost boyfriend from yesteryear who shows up again to find Ruby)(Ruby is the daughter, 27 now) were unneccesary to the plot. He just shows up after 10 years and we the reader are supposed to accept him. I didn't like his character and thought he was weak and had no place in this tale.
~Nora Bridge walked out on her family 10 years ago. She left behind two daughters and a distraught husband at Summer Island, Washington. She is now a sucessful talkshow host on the radio and has a nationally syndicated newspaper column famous for honest advice and straightforward opinion. Nora's problem is that a tabloid has gathered long ago pictures of her with a man while she was married and a scandal is about to erupt. An accident leaves her unable to care for herself and she calls her eldest daughter who still keeps in touch. She in turns calls the youngest Ruby to help since she has her own family an cannot do it. The problem? Ruby HATES her. Ruby has spent the last ten years hating and dispising her mother for leaving.
But a deal from a magazine pays her handsomely to write a tell-all book on Nora and Ruby accepts. That means she will have to take up residence with Nora at Summer Island. The place of her childhood...the place where everything fell apart.
Nora has 1 week to reconcile with Ruby and Ruby does not make it easy.
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