Published by Little, Brown and CompanyDate Published: May 5,2020
Genres: Women's Fiction
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When a baby is left on the doorstep of a Cape Cod beach house, an unlikely group of women risks all they hold dear to harbor and protect her in this "touching, nuanced summer yarn" (Publisher's Weekly).
Ruth Cooperman arrives in beautiful beachside Provincetown for her retirement, renting the perfect waterfront cottage while she searches for her forever home. After years of hard work and making peace with life's compromises, Ruth is looking forward to a carefree summer of solitude. But when she finds a baby girl abandoned on her doorstep, Ruth turns to her new neighbors for help and is drawn into the drama of the close-knit community.
The appearance of the mystery baby has an emotional ripple effect through the women in town, including Amelia Cabral, the matriarch who lost her own child decades earlier; Elise Douglas, owner of the tea shop who gave up her dream of becoming a mother; and teenage local Jaci Barros who feels trapped by her parents' expectations. Ruth, caring for a baby for the first time in thirty years, even reaches out to her own estranged daughter, Olivia, summoning her to Provincetown in hopes of a reconciliation.
As summer unfolds and friends and family care for the infant, alliances are made, relationships are tested, and secrets are uncovered. But the unconditional love for a child in need just might bring Ruth and the women of Provincetown exactly what they have been longing for themselves.
With heartfelt storytelling, Summer Longing is Jamie Brenner's eagerly anticipated return to Provincetown; another unforgettable tale about motherhood, friendship, and finding your way home.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Author/Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.
Jamie Brenner is a new to me author, but she’s definitely one who I will read more work from. This novel was everything that I look for in women’s fiction novel. From the beginning, Brenner made me feel as thought the story was written just for me. I stayed up long into the night to finish this one, and when I reached then end, I was ready to hunt down more work by this extremely talented author.
I loved the feeling of a summer getaway with this one! Brenner used rich detail to make the reader feel like they were right in the middle of the story, seeing the beach town through the eyes of Ruth. Turning page after page, falling more and more in love with the writing style that Brenner uses. I loved Elise, Fern and that sweet baby! Seeing them all interact had me smiling and thinking of my own bonded friendship with the women in my life.
If you are looking for an incredibly written, page turning, hope building, summer escape read, then look no further. Summer Longing will leave you doing just that…..longing for friendship, longing for an escape, longing for something meaningful in your life. From page 1 to the very last page, Brenner will suck you in, twist you up, and throw you down in an unexpected place. Don’t miss this beautifully written novel of friendship and longing. I am now a fan for life and can’t wait to read another amazing novel by this truly talented author.