The Summer Place: A Novel

Written by:
Jennifer Weiner
Narrated by:
Sutton Foster

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2022
14 hours 19 minutes
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of That Summer comes another “fun, feisty” (The Washington Post) novel of family, secrets, and the ties that bind.

When her twenty-two-year-old stepdaughter announces her engagement to her pandemic boyfriend, Sarah Danhauser is shocked. But the wheels are in motion. Headstrong Ruby has already set a date (just three months away!) and spoken to her beloved safta, Sarah’s mother Veronica, about having the wedding at the family’s beach house in Cape Cod. Sarah might be worried, but Veronica is thrilled to be bringing the family together one last time before putting the big house on the market.

But the road to a wedding day usually comes with a few bumps. Ruby has always known exactly what she wants, but as the wedding date approaches, she finds herself grappling with the wounds left by the mother who walked out when she was a baby. Veronica ends up facing unexpected news, thanks to her meddling sister, and must revisit the choices she made long ago, when she was a bestselling novelist with a different life. Sarah’s twin brother, Sam, is recovering from a terrible loss, and confronting big questions about who he is—questions he hopes to resolve during his stay on the Cape. Sarah’s husband, Eli, who’s been inexplicably distant during the pandemic, confronts the consequences of a long ago lapse from his typical good-guy behavior. And Sarah, frustrated by her husband, concerned about her stepdaughter, and worn out by the challenges of the quarantine, faces the alluring reappearance of someone from her past and a life that could have been.

When the wedding day arrives, lovers are revealed as their true selves, misunderstandings take on a life of their own, and secrets come to light. There are confrontations and revelations that will touch each member of the extended family, ensuring that nothing will ever be the same.

From “the undisputed boss of the beach read” (The New York Times), The Summer Place is a testament to family in all its messy glory; a story about what we sacrifice and how we forgive. Enthralling, witty, big-hearted, and sharply observed, “this first-rate page-turner” (Publishers Weekly) is Jennifer Weiner’s love letter to the Outer Cape and the power of home, the way our lives are enriched by the people we call family, and the endless ways love can surprise us.
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I felt a bit "trashy" as I listened to parts of the book. The story stood alone and did not need all of the detailed descriptions of the TOO MANY sexual encounters. So many characters with no morals. I would never recommend this book!!

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Jodi G.

If you love this author this one will be a great summer listen. Lots of character lines to follow which I love plus really great narration.

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This book dragged on forever. She had to tell the story of every single character. It was just too much. By the time she got back around to a character again, I’d forgotten what happened previously. To each us their own - but I’d prefer not to hear about detailed gay sexual encounters in a beach read. Readers should be warned about that. It’s just not what I chose for pleasure reading. That turned me off. I would not recommend it to my friends. It seems we can’t shop, buy a beer, watch television or even listen to a book these days without having current, “woke” accepted sexual practices of society shoved in our faces. I’m just over that. The book was just long and boring. The narrator was monotonous. I chose this author because she was suggested if you read Dorothea Benton Frank, Elin Hilderbrand, Mary Alice Monroe and Mary Kay Andrews. I don’t think her writing is the same. I doubt I will try another of her books.

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Linda A.

Unnecessary graphic sexual details.

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Really enjoyed the story, the characters, and the narration. I laughed out loud, gasped, and cried. All signs of a great book.

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Patricia Drewnowska

lovely book with some twists and turns

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Kristin W.

I’ve enjoyed her books-but this seemed a bit too preachy for my taste. The narrator did not enhance the story with her monotonous speech.

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Linda Camp Nelson

Excellent read!! Enjoyed the charters! Suspense till the end!!

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Mary Ann V.

The PC language in this book is sickening.

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