Monday, September 18, 2017

The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr: Blog Tour with Review

I was sent this book as part of a blog tour.  My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review. 

"That was then…
For the Hempsteads, summers were idyllic. 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 accident turned the lake house into a site of tragedy and grief, it was closed up. None of the Hempstead women speak of what happened, 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.
"Her mother abandoned her, her father disowned her, and her husband left her. Can Brooklyn be convinced that it is possible to forgive the greatest of betrayals?"


Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost fifty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Her highly anticipated new series, Thunder Point, will be released March 2013. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr's website at

My Rating: 3 Stars
Format: Paperback
Photo Source: Goodreads
I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher, but it did not sway my review.  I have only previously read one Robin Carr novel and I really enjoyed it, so I was excited to get back into her writing style.

This story took me a little longer to get into than the last Robin Carr book I read.  I am glad I did not give up on it, but I prefer something that will catch my attention right away.  The story did start to grow on me as it went on.

This deals with so many different issues: illness, relationships, teen pregnancy and adoption, and of course family.  I enjoyed the plot and the writing, but I could not connect with the story as much as I would have liked.  This definitely had everything you would want in a great read though.  I am starting to feel a reading slump coming on, so I was am having a hard time getting into anything right now.  The fact that I was still able to finish this says a lot for the story though, as during reading slumps I DNF often.

I just love Robin Carr’s writing style.  I can get lost in her writing and her amazing stories.  She is quickly becoming an auto-buy author for me.

Overall, still loving Robin Carr and I will continue to read her upcoming work.  I also want to read some of her previous work based on some others recommendations.  This was not my favorite, but I still really enjoyed it

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