Review: The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable

31451179The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable is a beautifully written story that readers won’t be able to put down.

Gable does a fantastic job in taking the reader into the lives of Ruby (the grandmother) and Bess (the granddaughter) through the entries in The Book of Summer.

I love the way in which the reader is taken back to the 1940s and the real-life events surrounding Ruby’s family and how they dealt with them. Ruby, her family, and friends go from having everything, including hired help, to later doing everything themselves. Gable does a great job of showing the struggles people faced back then through Ruby and her family. The story even touches upon what it was like to be gay and how both the military and family treated it almost as though it was a “curable” behavioral health diagnosis.

As the story develops through the entries in The Book of Summer, Bess learns to face her fears and begins to understand her mom and the insane things she sometimes does. She also gets a second chance at love– or I’d like to think so because it’s not exactly clear where her relationship with her high school sweetheart is going.

I’ve read Michelle Gable’s “I’ll See You In Paris” which was another wonderfully written story, and I can’t decide which of the two is my favorite. But I am certain that readers who loved “I’ll See You In Paris” will love The Book of Summer.

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The Book of Summer Book Cover The Book of Summer
Michelle Gable
Women's Fiction
St. Martin's Press

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.