Summer at Oyster Bay by Jenny Hale
Format: Kindle Edition
Published: June 9, 2016
Print Length: 276 pages
Source: Requested via NetGalley
They say falling in love is easy. But what if you know it’ll break your heart?
For Emily Tate, returning to her charming childhood home Oyster Bay is like coming up for air after the fast pace of her city life. At the farm her grandfather built, surrounded by sister Rachel’s chatter, Gram’s butter biscuits and the soft, white sand, Emily is reminded exactly who she is and what she holds most dear.
When Emily starts work at elegant Water’s Edge Inn, Charles Peterson, the handsome new owner, asks for her help. He wants to expand and needs Emily to teach him the local ways, so he can convince the planning commission. Emily vows to make him fall in love with her hometown, just the way it is. At work, Charles is reserved and serious, yet once Emily has him kicking off his shoes in the sand and sailing across glistening Chesapeake Bay, she sees another side to him, and their easy rapport feels like the start of something big.
But when it becomes clear Charles’s plans for the inn involve bulldozing Oyster Bay, Emily is heartbroken. Will she lose her home and Charles all at once, or can she save Oyster Bay, and give true love a chance?
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My honest thoughts on this book:
Summer at Oyster Bay is my kind of a perfect read. Jenny Hale is my kind of a perfect writer. I loved absolutely everything about this book! And I very reluctantly left my happy reading bubble when I had to attend to another task. My only thing would be to persuade Jenny Hale to write more than two books a year- maybe four?
This book has a right mix of inspiring and delightful characters that is so easy to fall in love and root for.
Emily is a clever, warm and dynamic woman who loves her family more than anything else. When Emily arrives back in Oyster Bay, she feels more and more herself once again. She can't imagine living anywhere else than in her childhood home that holds so many precious memories but Emily's new boss Charles has different ideas about Oyster Bay, and he is pretty set on turning Emily's house into his new business venture.
Emily and Charlie are complementing each other so beautifully. I loved the way they have this instant chemistry, and both felt at ease with one another from day one. I could not take my eyes off the pages when I read the scenes with them both in; there was so much spark, tensions and hesitancy that made me race through the book to find out the outcome of their story.
Aside the leading characters I absolutely adored Emily's family, Gram, Rachel, Jeff and Clara were fantastic supporting characters, well rounded, fun, witty and realistic. The feeling of love, care and support among the members of this family was so tangible and appealing that it made me feel like I'm part of the family.
There is the gorgeous setting of Oyster Bay that pulled me right into the story because the descriptions became so vivid and real that I felt like I was one of the Clearwater residence strolling around the town and dropping in to have lunch at the Inn.
The most significant bit is Jenny Hale skilled, and descriptive writing style that simply grabs my attention from the very first sentence and keeps me so invested in the story until the end.
The Summer at Oyster Bay was a truly joyous read that swept me off my feet and whisked me away to a magical world of love, affection and family importance.
A huge thank you to Bookouture for accepting my request in exchange for a fair review.
Happy Reading! xo
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