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Publisher's Summary

The next original trade women's fiction novel from beloved best-selling author Robyn Carr. Carr is the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Virgin River and Thunder Point series. Her trade women's fiction novel Four Friends debuted at number five on the New York Times.

A television talk show host returns to her childhood summer home to rebuild her life after she's fired for falling ratings. The return is bittersweet as the house has been neglected for years. She's flooded with memories of the wonderful summers she spent with her sisters and cousins before a tragic event changed everything. Working to uncover what really happened the last summer they were all together, she reaches out to her family and the women all gather for an uneasy family reunion. As they share their stories, they realize their recollections of their summer childhoods are vastly different and no one's lives are what they'd dreamed of when they were children. But being together again helps them all to heal from the scars of the past.

©2017 Robyn Carr (P)2017 Recorded Books

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  • Dunkers
  • 30-10-2017

Not her best

Too many characters and stories. This would have been better written as a series where each story and line of characters could have been better explored. Pretty disappointing

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  • melissa davis
  • 11-09-2017

Great Story -

I am a huge fan of Robyn Carr. & this is a great story. However it was a family story not a real love story. I wish more would have been said about end but it was kinda glossed over. But I guess the story was more about the past than the present.

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  • Constant Reader
  • 17-09-2017

Always Yes!

I am NEVER disappointed by the dynamic duo of Carr and Plummer! The Summer That Made Us is funny, poignant and inspiring. Read it!

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  • J
  • 21-10-2017

Love this book!

I’ve always enjoyed Robyn Carr’s books and Therese Plummer is one of my favorite narrators. This is the BEST book by these 2 I’ve read!!! Heartwarming, exciting and tear-jerking! Love it!

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  • Lynn
  • 03-10-2017

Another great story

Such a heart warming story of family friendship and childhood perspectives. Loved every second of it. I also loved the Narrator Therese Plummer, she is such a wonderful story teller. She is so captivating and reads with such emotion. Thank you Robyn for another great story.

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  • Natalie Badolato
  • 28-09-2017

Never Disappointed

Robyn has managed, yet again, to pull me into the lives of her characters. Now I want to go to the lake house and hang out with the girls. I'm hoping to hear more from these fabulous women.

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  • Carolyn
  • 22-09-2017

The Best.

I love Robyn Carr books for the well defined characters and a peek at their reality which is identifiable to most of us. The compassion and humanity is heart warming. No one conveys all of that better than Therese Plummer's narration which is perfection.
I look forward to each publication and hope she continues writing for many years to come.

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  • Anne
  • 12-10-2017

It's Robyn and Therese... But Not at Their Best.

As I listened to this, I found myself thinking, "Rebecca Wells did a better job with this plotline in the classic 'Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood'."

The story encompasses four generations of women, sisters and cousins, within the setting of a Minnesota lake house where the main plot devises took/take place. The principal events involve the middle two generations and lots and lots of stuff happens to them, around them, because of them ... and Summer at the lake house.

This is an unremarkable and only occasionally interesting novel that was not helped by Plummer's tendency to render the dialogue (and there is a LOT of it) in breathless, overwrought, almost shrill tones. I think Plummer can be a brilliant narrator, but it must depend upon who is directing her or her mood or something, because she wasn't brilliant in this one. Female voices were often difficult to distinguish from one another when more than two of them were involved in conversation. And her usual excellent rendering of male voices seemed to have eluded her here. I thought the men all sounded pretty much alike (except when she was faking a fake Russian accent.)

It's just OK.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-06-2018

Best read all summer

I love all Robin Carr books but this one was one of her bests. Each of her characters drew me in anxious to hear their stories.

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  • Donna A
  • 23-05-2018

Slow start

The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr is the story of mothers, daughters, sisters and cousins that once all spent lazy summers at the family lake house until one heartbreaking summer. Jo and Lou are sisters that have not talked to each other since that summer. But what really happened between these 2 sisters that torn this family apart?
Talk about a dysfunctional family; there is Meg dying from breast cancer, her sister Charley, a 44 year old talk show host who has just lost her job, Hope, who lives in a fantasy world and her sister Krista that has been in prison for 23 years for murder. Meg embarks on inviting her mother, aunt and cousins to spend the summer at the lake house and help mend these old wounds.

I am only giving the book 3 ½ stars – I felt the beginning was slow and had a hard time getting to know these characters. As story starts to unveil itself it turned out to be a heartwarming story of family love, being truthful and learning to forgive happening from the past.

This was an audiobook which was narrated by Therese Plummer.