by Robyn Carr
Genres: Women's fiction
Mothers and daughters, sisters and cousins--they lived for summers at the lake house until a tragic accident changed everything.
The Summer That Made Us is an unforgettable story about a family learning to accept the past, to forgive and to love each other again.
That was then...
For the Hempsteads, two sisters who married two brothers and had three daughters each, summers were idyllic. The women would escape the city the moment school was out to gather at the family house on Lake Waseka. The lake was a magical place, a haven where they were happy and carefree. All of their problems drifted away as the days passed in sun-dappled contentment. Until the summer that changed everything.
This is now...
After an accidental drowning turned the lake house to a site of tragedy and grief, it was closed up. For good. Torn apart, none of the Hempstead women speak of what happened that summer, and relationships between them are uneasy at best to hurtful at worst. But in the face of new challenges, one woman is determined to draw her family together again, and the only way that can happen is to return to the lake and face the truth.
Robyn Carr has crafted a beautifully woven story about the complexities of family dynamics and the value of strong female relationships.
THE SUMMER THAT MADE US by Robyn Carr is a touching tale of family and their summer house on Lake Waseka. A place where the sisters brought their children and spent the summers basking by the lake, until one fateful summer that ripped them apart. Now twenty-five years later one of the children is dying, and the summer house will open for one last summer. Can they recapture the magic? Heal old wounds? Carr takes readers along for this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking and magical summer.
Carr has brought us a delightful multi-generational tale with fully developed and realistic characters. Louise and Jo Hempstead married brothers, one dependable the other charismatic and flighty. They each had three daughters and spent their summers at their parent’s lake house. It was a lovely, carefree time and I envied them their escape from reality.
Charlene “Charley,” loses her job and decides to spend the summer with her sister Meg, who is fighting stage four cancer. Meg wants to spend the summer at Lake Waseka, and Charley agrees to open the house, make repairs and have it ready for June. Through flashbacks and discussions, we learn about the last tragic summer spent at the lake house. The reader along with Meg and Charley, soon realize it was something more than the tragedy that ended those magical summers and pulled the families apart. We meet sisters, Jo and Louise and discover their secrets. Unbeknownst to Charley, Meg invites everyone back for the summer, and slowly they trickle in.
Carr introduces us to all of the siblings and cousins sharing their backstory and current situations. The characters were rich and complex as Carr shed light on the complications of family, misunderstands, preconceived notions and stubbornness. It is so funny how we rehash mistakes and pigeon-hole family members. We can be so stubborn and unforgiving. Carr captured all the complexities of a family from the heartwarming to the cruel allowing readers to identify, feel, and relate to these characters.
There was an air of suspense stitched with sadness that kept me reading. Carr’s series are delightful but I have often felt her stand-alone novels weren’t for me. However, I was drawn to this title and I am so glad that I read their story. It touched my heart and is the perfect end of summer read.
Raw, emotional, heartwarming and at times humorous THE SUMMER THAT MADE US, delivered a family story that will touch even the coldest of hearts.Raw, emotional, heartwarming and at times humorous THE SUMMER THAT MADE US by Robyn Carr Click To Tweet
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