Struggling comedienne Ruby Bridge confronts the legacy of her mother's abandonment while a secret from the past of Nora Bridge, now a syndicated columnist known for her moral advice, draws the two women together.
From Edgar Award Winner Dori Hillestad Butler comes a new chapter book mystery series, The Treasure Troop! Join Marly, Sai, and Isla, three code-cracking kids on the hunt for an old neighbor's hidden treasure. In the third book of this code-busting series, Marly, Sai, and Isla are back on the hunt! Mr. Summerling has left them a brand-new set of clues to follow, including tickets to the mysterious Summer Island. So with tickets in hand, our trio sets off to their late neighbor's island. Can they finally discover what lies at the end of this treasure hunt?
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of the cherished bestseller On Mystic Lake returns with a poignant, funny, luminous novel about a mother and daughter--the complex ties that bind them, the past that separates them, and the healing that comes with forgiveness. “[Kristin] Hannah is superb at delving into the characters' psyches and delineating nuances of feeling.”—Washington Post Book World Years ago, Nora Bridge walked out on her marriage and left her daughters behind. She has since become a famous radio talk-show host and newspaper columnist beloved for her moral advice. Her youngest daughter, Ruby, is a struggling comedienne who uses her famous mother as fuel for her bitter, cynical humor. When the tabloids unearth a scandalous secret from Nora's past, their estrangement suddenly becomes dramatic: Nora is injured in an accident and a glossy magazine offers Ruby a fortune to write a tell-all about her mother. Under false pretenses, Ruby returns home to take care of the woman she hasn't spoken to for almost a decade. Nora insists they retreat to Summer Island in the San Juans, to the lovely old house on the water where Ruby grew up, a place filled with childhood memories of love and joy and belonging. There Ruby is also reunited with her first love and his brother. Once, the three of them had been best friends, inseparable. Until the summer that Nora had left and everyone's hearts had been broken. . . . What began as an expose evolves, as Ruby writes, into an exploration of her family's past. Nora is not the woman Ruby has hated all these years. Witty, wise, and vulnerable, she is desperate to reconcile with her daughter. As the magazine deadline draws near and Ruby finishes what has begun to seem to her an act of brutal betrayal, she is forced to grow up and at last to look at her mother--and herself--through the eyes of a woman. And she must, finally, allow herself to love. Summer Island is a beautiful novel, funny, tender, sad, and ultimately triumphant.
'A charming story' Lucy Coleman, bestselling author of Summer in Provence 'Full of warmth' Maggie Conway Sometimes the best holidays are the ones you least expect... After a long and turbulent year, Sarah is dreaming of the five-star getaway her sister has booked them on. White sands, cocktails, massages, the Caribbean is calling to them. But the sisters turn up to tatty beaches, basic wooden shacks, a compost toilet and outdoor cold water showers. It turns out that at the last minute Amy decided a conservation project would be much more fun than a luxury resort. So now Sarah's battling mosquitos, trying to stomach fish soup and praying for a swift escape. Life on a desert island though isn't all doom and gloom. They're at one with nature, learning about each other and making new friends. And Sarah is distracted by the dishy, yet incredibly moody, island leader she's sure is hiding a secret. Perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Mandy Baggot and Heidi Swain. Praise for The Summer Island Swap: 'Another page turner from this extremely talented writer' Amazon reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'A fabulous read and one I would definitely recommend' Amazon reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'This is a heartwarming story of discovery and acceptance that left me with a big smile on my face' Amazon reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'If the film The Holiday was set in the Caribbean, The Summer Island Swap would be the result' NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'The perfect read for summer' NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'A brilliant and sunshine-filled read that I loved from beginning to end' NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian islands, and including its satellite islands, forms the northwesternmost part of Greece. The island has a variety of different cultures which reflect the years spent under Italian, French and British rule before returning to Greece in 1864. But the culture, mythology and history of Corfu is not always of prime interest to tourists for whom a wide range of holidays are available. For many, like the author, the long hot summers, the beautiful scenery and the friendliness of the locals are sufficient reasons for visiting the island. But even in Corfu, summer doesn't last forever. From November, the tourists have all gone home. What would things be like, then? Who would be there once the last direct flights to anywhere except Athens had departed? Did the island and its inhabitants go into hibernation for the next six months? What did everyone do, if anything?The author, a former civil servant freed from the rigours of full time work, decided to find out.Flying to Corfu, via Athens, and staying in a hotel close to where the Duke of Edinburgh was born, armed with little more than a voice recorder and notebook, Rick Johansen set about a winter ramble on the summer island and this book records where he went and whom he met.As the days passed by, the author recognised the potential for winter tourism. For most of the time in winter, the beaches were out of bounds, but there was so much else to see. Whilst Corfu Town still bustled, many of the resorts were ghost towns.Never the most organised person in the world, Rick criss-crossed Corfu from Kavos to Kassiopi, from Sidari to Messonghi and to many points in between.Here is the story of one man's visit to the summer island in winter.
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In preparation for his new book, author Nick Lancaster has spent years researching the life of murdered jazz singer Simone DeRosier. But one mystery still haunts Nick–who was Simone's "one true friend"?
Lose your heart to Summer Island, where summers are easy, winters are cozy and friends welcome you with open arms Summer Island has always been home to Meg Sloan. She runs the Summerbrook Inn, like her grandmother did, and she loves the laid-back pace of life and the close-knit community the island offers. Meg also loves Zack Sheppard, but what she doesn’t love is Zack’s refusal to commit to an exclusive relationship. Seth Darden arrives on Summer Island in search of summer work, but also in search of something else—his past. There are secrets buried at the Summerbrook Inn, secrets that forged the path of Seth’s life. But he wasn’t counting on falling for the lovely innkeeper, Meg. When Meg meets Seth, she can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them, even though she feels like her heart has been torn in half. But if Zack won’t commit, should she take the leap with Seth? And can she even have a future with him if he can’t reckon with his past?