SUMMER AT THE CAPE
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Publication Date: April 5, 2022
Summer at the Cape is the fourth original hardcover from New York Times, USA TODAY, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne. With the emotional pull of Debbie Macomber, Barbara Delinsky, and Susan Wiggs, RaeAnne tells the story of the Porter sisters, Cami and Violet, who come together to mourn the death of Violet’s twin, Lily. Over the course of the summer, the sisters must make peace with each other and also individually with their free-spirited, outspoken, activist mother who left their father two decades earlier.
As the older sister to identical twins Violet and Lily, Cami Porter had always been the odd sister out. The breach became even stronger when her parents split up—while the twins stayed in Cape Sanctuary with their free-spirited activist mother, Rosemary, fourteen-year-old Cami moved to L.A. with her by-the-book attorney father, Ted. Nearly twenty years later, when Cami gets the tragic news that Lily has drowned saving a child, Cami returns to her childhood home—her mother and Violet need her.
Lily had spent her entire life looking for something to be passionate about, and in leasing a property from neighbor Franklin Rafferty and setting up Coastal Pines Glamping, she was about to see her dream realized. Following her death, the sadness and grief Rosemary, Violet and Cami feel is compounded by Jon Rafferty, son of the neighbor whose land Lily had leased. Jon, who hadn’t seen his father in years, is stunned to learn that his father is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, and he worries that the Porter women took advantage of him. But Jon can see that the Porter family is in mourning, and agrees they can keep the land through the summer, and then they’ll need to shut the glamping site down.
Then there’s Violet—the child Lily saved, Ariana Mendoza, is the daughter of Violet’s former high school sweetheart, Alex Mendoza. She could never forgive him way back when for cheating on her, but she is so grateful that his adorable little girl is okay. Alex still has feelings for Violet, but he is overcome with grief and gratitude at the same time for the loss of Lily, who died saving his child.
Violet and Lilly are twins with an older sister, Cami. They have not been raised together because when their parents split up, Cami went to live with her father. But, when Lilly passes away it changes their family dynamics.
Lilly had a plan for a unique glampground. Rosemary, her mother, decides to make her daughters dream come true posthumously. It has turned into more than she bargained for. She reaches out to Cami to come fix some of the details. This throws Cami into a situation which may make her change her life plans!
It has been a while since I have read this author. In my opinion, this is her best book. I absolutely love all the characters especially Franklin Rafferty. He is the one which will pull at your heartstrings. Then there is Jon, he is at a loss on how to handle his father’s decline. He is doing the best he can and he has a huge heart. That definitely shows throughout this novel.
And…how could you turn down this cover. Oh my…it just wants the reader to jump in and get lost!
Need a good summer read that will have you smiling, laughing and sometimes crying….THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne finds inspiration in the beautiful norhtern Utah mountains where she lives with her family. Her stories have been described as “poignant and sweet” with “beautiful honest storytelling that goes straight to the heart.” She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at http://www.raeannethayne.com.
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