The Summer House: The Classic Blockbuster from the Author of Lion & Lamb
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Flossy is the strong mother who wants her children together one last time before they sell their home. She's also trying to reconnect with them and help them through their individual heartbreaks. It's hard for her to say goodbye to the summer home, leaving all the memories behind but she knows they need to move forward. It’s a recipe for friction and makes for a fascinating look at the lives of one family as party preparations proceed throughout the week. The thing is, Flossy has ulterior motives for asking her children to put their lives on hold and come spend a week together once again. Richard and Flossy have decided to sell the Summer Home. They have chosen Richard’s party to break the news to their children that the cottage has already been sold. The Summer House weaves Lauren K. Denton’s inviting Southern charm around a woman’s journey to find herself.
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ABOUT THIS BOOK: Lily Bishop wakes up one morning to find a good-bye note and divorce papers from her husband on the kitchen counter. Having moved to Alabama for his job only weeks before, Lily is devastated, but a flyer at the grocery store for a hair stylist position in a local retirement community provides a refuge while she contemplates her next steps. Renewing their collaborative efforts, James Patterson and Brendan DuBois present readers with an intense and thrilling read in this new standalone novel. Working a military investigation angle, the authors do more than pump up the US Military, able to spin a mystery like few others I have read of late. In a small Georgia community lies a large house, referred to by locals as the Summer House. However, after seven civilians, including one child, are slain there, the moniker Murder House seems a better fit. Under 48 hours after the bodies are discovered, four Army Rangers are arrested and taken into custody. Enter the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and Major Jeremiah Cook. When Cook’s team is summoned from Virginia, they are tasked with going down to ensure that the Rangers receive the justice they deserve, as well as discover the culpability that may be involved. When Cook and his team arrive, they receive cold shoulders from the local sheriff and police force, as well as the local military personnel. It would seem that the case is fairly straightforward and any more people snooping around is an insult to all involved. However, Cook has his Army psychiatrist attempt to interview the Rangers to get a better idea of what happened, coming up short as they shut down. Soon, one of the Rangers takes drastic measures so as not to share anything. The local D.A. is happy to move forward, hoping for some capital crimes to boost his notoriety. While Cook feels that things are moving along, he cannot help but wonder if he is missing something, as though there is more to the story that no one wants to share. When his commanding officer is temporarily replaced, Cook is told the team is being sent home and their report will be buried. Could there be a cover-up involved to ensure no truths see the light of day? Working on a hunch and without permission of his superiors, Cook sneaks off to the other side of the world to get some answers, hoping his hunch is more than a gut feeling. As the list of witnesses diminish and increased violence leads some of posit that someone’s trying to erase the truth, the CID team must act fast to get some answers for themselves and the locals. A thrilling ride that leaves the reader in the middle of an intense read throughout. Patterson and DuBois have outdone themselves with this piece. Recommended to those who love investigative novels with a military twist, as well as the reader who enjoys some of Patterson’s better collaborative efforts. Flossy is determined to make this a week to remember. Having finally convinced the whole family to visit their summer home once again, she needs everything to go perfectly. Not only is this the summer of Richard's 75th birthday, they're keeping a secret from their kids. After previously making sure that none of them were up to taking over the house, they've decided to sell it. She's not entirely sure how they'll react, so she plans to tell them towards the end of the visit so they can enjoy the time there without it hanging over their heads. Amongst the belongings left she finds an old journal of Camille’s which mentions a secret lover that was not her boyfriend at the time, Sebastian, who was jailed for her murder.Once again Beevis has written a great thriller and I enjoyed it immensely. I have nearly read all of this author’s books and have yet to be disappointed (no pressure there then, Beevis!).
The Summer House by James Patterson | Waterstones
Books written about beachy summers are always great fun for me. There is just enough dysfunction and humor to make this book really lovely. Flossy's quest to get her neighbor's stuffed oyster recipe is delightful as is her grand plan for her husband's birthday party. There is a chair, a blindfold, a red scarf, a heart pendant with a ribbon, and another note. She fears they are going to cross the line. Realization follows; she is strangled and murdered. Her former boyfriend, Sebastian, is charged and in prison. I enjoyed listening to the audible version narrated by Devon O'Day. She's a familiar voice in my audible arsenal which made me feel all the more at home inside this story. THE SUMMER HOUSE is filled with twists and turns and had me staying up way too late one night to finish! I had to know where Lauren K Denton was taking us and what would happen. The retirement community sounds like so much fun, full of fun characters, set on the coast with plenty of activities and a pool, but each person living there has their own cottage. Maybe its because this was the exact book I needed to read right now, but I loved THE SUMMER HOUSE. The sleepy town, the characters all sweet, but carrying their own baggage, the blossoming love of people who never thought they’d love again. I’m so excited to read more of Ms. Denton’s stories. She has a brand new fan now!This book has everything I love about a summer read: a fantastic location, relatable characters, and enough drama to keep things interesting. I loved the descriptions of the beach, the house, the meals, and the long lazy days at the beach house. stars. There is so much to love about this book. It’s full of brightness, hope, and has beautifully crafted love stories I adored, with it’s main focus centering on self-discovery/growth which shined through the entirety. I didn’t want this book to end. Lily and Rose form an unlikely friendship, and Lily’s salon soon becomes the place where residents share town gossip, as well as a few secrets. Lily soon finds herself drawn to Rose’s nephew, Rawlins—a single dad and shrimper who’s had some practice at starting over—and one of the residents may be carrying a torch for Rose as well. Phaedra deceives the Frampton family in the hopes of protecting them from the truth. Do you think good intentions ever justify a lie? years after the murder of their sister Lana and Ollie return to Mead House to clean it out and sell it after the death of their grandmother.