by Kristin Hannah
Category: Fiction / General
336 pages; ISBN: 0609607375
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Ten years ago, Nora Bridge walked out on her husband and two daughters to become a Seattle radio star and a national newspaper advice columnist. She provides people with practical advice, but her source of wisdom is her own failures with her children though she does have a fragile relationship with her oldest Caroline.
Nora's world collapses when the tabloids learn that the morality queen had an affair while still married. Her youngest daughter Ruby, who refuses to talk with Nora for walking out on her, has an offer to write an expose on her mother. When Nora breaks her leg during a DUI, Caroline forces Ruby to care for her mother at the SUMMER ISLAND where they once were so happy together. As mother and daughter rediscover how to rediscover the love they once had for one another, Ruby also has a second chance with Dino the man she always loved. Meanwhile, Dino's brother Eric, nears death, is wondering if his estranged parents will come home from Europe to simply say goodbye.
SUMMER ISLAND is a deep tale centering on choices that impact the stability of other individuals inside what Dr. Covey's calls the "Circle of Influence". The story line is incredible with its angst-laden two interweaved subplots that will stun readers with its message and emotional fervor. The Bridge female trio struggles with the interrelationships between them ever since Nora left. The subplot surrounding Eric augments the theme that events and actions even when one follows Shakespeare's "to thyself be true" impact relationships. This novel is totally brilliant and Kristin Hannah may have written the best relationship drama of the year.
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