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Summer at Sea

Narrated by: Erin Spencer
Series: Summer at Sea, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
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Four jackets of varying weights, enough socks for the entire Confederate Army, three umbrellas, most of the antacid aisle from the local pharmacy, and six pairs of old-people sneakers that all look exactly the same. Have you ever helped your parents pack for a weeklong cruise? No? I didn't think so. So shut it.

So begins vacation for Summer Hartwell - 26 years old, living with her anxiety-ridden parents, and unwillingly booked by her brother on a weeklong cruise to Bermuda. Despite the nightmare of being trapped aboard a cruise ship with Mom and Dad, Summer sees a rare opportunity to fulfill The Prophecy - her mother's declaration that she will live at home until she gets married. With 2,000 passengers onboard, at least one of them must be husband material, right?

The only problem is Graham Blenderman - her brother's best friend who is joining them for the week in all of his tall, blonde, extroverted glory. Graham doesn't believe Summer needs a husband in order to break free from her parents. He thinks she just needs a little bit of nerve. And to Summer's introverted horror, he's willing to spend the entire week proving that he's right.

©2016 Beth Labonte (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Misty
  • 10-02-2017

Oi God.

I loved everything about this book. The whole story is comical and clever and filled with so many familial good times.

I've been in a dark read binge that I needed to come up for air and this was the right choice. It's PG at worst but so very funny in an innocent and pure way.

Erin Spencer does such an amazing job narrating the elderly protective parents, as well as the main characters. Such a great performance.

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  • Sassy Beta Reading and Review
  • 21-03-2016

A fantastic, comical story

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I love this book and and the author. This was a nice clean read, that was funny and highly entertaining. I had a few LOL moments. My kids even enjoyed listening to it when they were stuck with me in the car.

Written as a single pov of Summer. She is a 20 something woman that has lived with her overbearing parents all her life and is looking for an escape. She thinks she'll find that escape on the cruise ship in the form of a future husband. What she doesn't realize is it's not going to be easy. We see the comical struggles that she has to deal with concerning her parents, herself and Graham, her brothers best friend.

Awesome storyline, great characters, good descriptions to details and just overall entertaining!

HFN ending. I would love to see a sequel of these two. They were just so darn cute together. I have both of Beth Labonte's books on Audible and I hope she releases more soon. I have loved both of her books and they make for good listening in the car.

Would I recommend this book? Yes

Would I read more from this author? Yes

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  • Grandma Tami
  • 10-06-2019

Ok this was fun !

This was my second book by this author and I quite enjoyed it what happens when you go on a cruise with your parents and your brothers best friend complete Mayham but what a fun ride! Not even sure what else I could write without giving away any spoilers

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  • The Goph
  • 25-08-2018

Wonderful listen!

Loved it. Actually laughed out loud! Great characters, lovely story. Delightful! I am ready to listen to the next Beth Labonte.

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  • christine T. Jones
  • 21-05-2018

Fun to read

The book started off hilarious! I laughed so hard I cried! It got a predictable about halfway through, but I still wanted to finish it. I did not find a lot of it as funny after about the first few chapters

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  • tats1824
  • 26-03-2018

Lots of laughs!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd just read a string of heavy, emotional books and was looking for light and refreshing. Boy, did this ever fit the bill. I listened to it on audio, and within the first few minutes, I was laughing out loud. It's a good romantic comedy, and the perfect book for when you want your happily ever after, as well a lots of laughs. Check it out!

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  • Donna Gilleece-Smith
  • 06-10-2017

I NEED 6 STARS!!!!

This book kept me laughing from start to finish. Beth Labonte was a new author to me and I took a chance. After listening on my commute for one day as fast as I could get to a computer I snatch up the rest of her books. I was so happy to know that this particular series had 3 books in it. The characters are hysterical. The narration is just perfect. I could see every look described - every situation. The narration was just the icing on top. I didn't want to stop listening and all to soon the book was over. I was the crazy lady laughing in my car with my son telling me to stop.

I can't wait for more books!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-05-2017

A grown up Carribean Cruising

This is a fun romp with overbearing family, a hot crush, and a week at sea. If you are going on a cruise and are over 18: this is a great listen for the plane ride there. It takes no concentration to follow the story or characters. It has humor, a healthy dose of growing up is hard but we all have to spread our wings sometime, and a romance you see coming a mile away. Super enjoyable though.

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  • Kathryn
  • 16-09-2019

Sail away from the everyday

I've been on a few cruises and thats what drew me to the book. I love a bit of summer fripery and this took me away while I ironed and cleaned...