The Summer Letter by Elyse Douglas 


The Summer Letters

By Elyse Douglas

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Contemporary Romance


When Vanessa finds a rusty coffee can filled with old letters hidden away in a summer beach cottage, she learns of a haunting and secret affair dating back to the 1950s.

Determined to find the woman whose life parallels her own in many ways, Vanessa searches for the woman and her lover, uncovering past and present secrets that finally reveal a shocking truth.

Over the course of the summer, Vanessa’s own life is transformed by the possibilities of love and new beginnings, even as she confronts the lingering pain of her own past.

The Summer Letters is a celebration of the enduring promise of hope and the unbreakable bonds of love.


First off let me say…I love this cover! So inviting. 

Vanessa finds old letters in a coffee can. They are love letters suggesting a arduous, secret love affair. Little does Vanessa know…these letters lead to a shocking revelation of hidden secrets of her own past. 

This is such a sweet read. Vanessa needs her life transformed and the letters give her a new purpose to find the lovers.  This creates many opportunities for her. It also opens up a new world for her to experience. 

This book states the obvious, repeats a few phrases, and is overly dramatic in places. The story does keep you interested. The mystery surrounding the letters is very creative and moving! 

Great for a beach read! 


About the Author

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age, and graduated with a degree in English Literature. Douglas grew up in a family of musicians, astrologers and avid readers, and attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, playing piano professionally for 15 years. His great grandfather lived to be a 134 years old, and was the oldest man in the world when he died in 1922. Their cat, Sir Eaton, loves parties and a few sips from a good glass of Pinot Noir.
Some of Elyse Douglas’ novels include: “The Other Side of Summer,” “The Christmas Eve Letter,” “The Christmas Town,” “The Christmas Diary” and “The Summer Diary.” They live in New York City.


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About fredreeca

I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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1 Response to The Summer Letter by Elyse Douglas 

  1. macjam47 says:

    The idea of letters in the coffee can sounds intriguing.

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