I have never been to Provincetown, but I feel like I have after reading this book. Get caught up in a dramatic chain of events in a moving story that has elements of bygone love, love that will be tested, new love, and the love of a child. Add some secrets and plans gone awry and you have the fabulous makings of a book that will take you away. This is Jamie Brenner’s novel SUMMER LONGING.
Ruth has plans. Not just for the summer but for the rest of her life. Set to retire in the beachside community of Provincetown, she is about to turn the keys to a dreamy rental cottage just as summer is about to begin so that she can look for a permanent home. She sold her business after a prosperous career. She is unencumbered. No husband. Estranged from her only child. No schedule. This is what freedom feels like. Until a baby is abandoned on her doorstep.
The owners of the house, Elise and Fern, moved out to focus their energy on their latest project, a tea shop. Just in time for the bustling summer season. The place oozes charm and it seems a cup of soothing tea is just what locals and visitors alike need especially served by the town’s resident loving couple.
The Barros are a fourth generation Provincetown family whose roots are as deep as the oysters they harvest. Their daughter Jaci is returning from college for the summer and giving the family some serious push-back about re-joining the family business, much to their chagrin.
Long-time resident and owner of the local inn, Amelia, grounds everyone, offering a place of respite, exquisite dinner parties, and artistic inspiration. Often adding unofficial town therapist to her list of credentials.
Meanwhile, back in Manhattan, Olivia is struggling with a recent breakup and fighting to maintain her status at a social media management company where she was close to the top. Or so she thought. To say nothing of the strained relationship she feels she has suffered for most of her life as Ruth’s daughter.
Find out how these women cross paths, in this tiny town, rich with life, love and home.
Jamie Brenner’s writing is synonymous with summer. So, kick off the season properly with her newest book. She will leave you longing to pack your beach bag.
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