The Summer Visitors

Author: Fiona O'Brien

Publisher: Hachette Ireland

ISBN: 1473647800

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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'Grown up, intelligent fiction - she just gets better and better' Cathy Kelly 'One of the smartest writers of popular fiction around' Irish Independent When handsome American Daniel O'Connell arrives in Ballyanna to research an old cable station for a documentary he is making, he's hoping that a stay in a sleepy Irish seaside town will help him and his traumatised son move on from a terrible accident. But Daniel soon finds that summer in Ballyanna is anything but quiet ... Meanwhile Annie Sullivan, daughter of the local hotel owner, has moved back home to mend her broken heart, telling everyone that she's there to figure out her next career move. But as a secret threatens Annie's dysfunctional family, Daniel's past is about to catch up with him. Will the two be able to grasp the new future that lies ahead before summer ends?

The Winter Visitors

Author: Karel Hayes

Publisher: Down East Books

ISBN: 1461743427

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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This charming and highly original story reveals what happens at a vacation cottage once the summer visitors have left for the winter. With fewer than two dozen words, the story is told primarily in pictures. Children and adults will revel in the activities of a family of bears that takes up residence in the empty camp.

The Summer Visitors

Author: Fiona O'Brien

Publisher: Hachette Ireland

ISBN: 1473647800

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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'Grown up, intelligent fiction - she just gets better and better' Cathy Kelly 'One of the smartest writers of popular fiction around' Irish Independent When handsome American Daniel O'Connell arrives in Ballyanna to research an old cable station for a documentary he is making, he's hoping that a stay in a sleepy Irish seaside town will help him and his traumatised son move on from a terrible accident. But Daniel soon finds that summer in Ballyanna is anything but quiet ... Meanwhile Annie Sullivan, daughter of the local hotel owner, has moved back home to mend her broken heart, telling everyone that she's there to figure out her next career move. But as a secret threatens Annie's dysfunctional family, Daniel's past is about to catch up with him. Will the two be able to grasp the new future that lies ahead before summer ends?

The Summer Book

Author: Tove Jansson

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 1590176820

Category: Fiction

Page: 184

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In The Summer Book Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summer—its sunlight and storms—into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. This brief novel tells the story of Sophia, a six-year-old girl awakening to existence, and Sophia’s grandmother, nearing the end of hers, as they spend the summer on a tiny unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland. The grandmother is unsentimental and wise, if a little cranky; Sophia is impetuous and volatile, but she tends to her grandmother with the care of a new parent. Together they amble over coastline and forest in easy companionship, build boats from bark, create a miniature Venice, write a fanciful study of local bugs. They discuss things that matter to young and old alike: life, death, the nature of God and of love. “On an island,” thinks the grandmother, “everything is complete.” In The Summer Book, Jansson creates her own complete world, full of the varied joys and sorrows of life. Tove Jansson, whose Moomintroll comic strip and books brought her international acclaim, lived for much of her life on an island like the one described in The Summer Book, and the work can be enjoyed as her closely observed journal of the sounds, sights, and feel of a summer spent in intimate contact with the natural world.

A Summer in the Country

Author: Marcia Willett

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429909983

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Marcia Willett's previous novel, A Week in Winter, her first to be published in the United States, received a rousing welcome from readers and reviewers alike. Her new novel, A Summer in the Country, introduces an equally beguiling cast of characters whose lives become intricately entwined at Foxhole, a charming and cozy country house on the wild edges of the Devon moors. Brigid Foster has inherited Foxhole from her father, and has created two guest cottages, which she rents during the holidays to tourists. Brigid's delight at welcoming Louise Parry, one of her regular summer visitors, is tempered by the irritating presence of Brigid's monumentally judgmental mother, Frummie. Having abandoned Foxhole (and Brigid) forty years earlier, Frummie makes no secret of her disdain for the glorious natural splendor of her surroundings, nor of her preference for Brigid's flightly but fabulous half-sister, Jemima. Jemima, meanwhile, has problems of her own. When a stranger begins lurking in the isolated byways of the lonely countryside, Brigid turns to her oddly elusive father-in-law for comfort and protection. But both Brigid and Louise Parry are hiding certain essential facts, and each woman's fragile sense of haven and security is threatened by disclosure. A Summer in the Country is the story of the enduring, but often painful love that exists between mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives. It describes with exquisite sensitivity and tenderness the precarious journey each of us undertakes as one generation makes way for the next, as each indelible and priceless relationship grows, changes, blossoms, or dies. Marcia Willett writes novels that will last.

The Christmas Visitors

Author: Karel Hayes

Publisher: Down East Books

ISBN: 1608932494

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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It’s Christmas at the cottage by the lake and the bears are busy preparing to celebrate. The human owners of the cottage, however, are in the city feeling glum. Until the idea comes to them to spend the holidays at their cottage. What follows is a set of misadventures as the family arrives without presents—they were left on the train—and without the usual holiday accoutrements—the Christmas trees and turkeys are all sold out. But they are in for a treat as the cottage has been decorated by their unseen friends. So the bears unwittingly save Christmas for their human hosts, yet are still able to enjoy their own fine celebration. And, as with the other books, the bears do so all while cleverly avoiding confrontation with their human friends.

Summer Visitors

Author: Susan Sallis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448109434

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Madge was four years old when she first saw the Cornish sea and fell in love with it, and it was there that her family grew and suffered and loved. It was there she and her mother went to recover from a heartrending family tragedy - there she was forced reluctantly into marriage - there she fell into a wild and passionate wartime love. And it was there she saw her children grow and love and cope with the secret legacies the years had left them, until finally they became more than just summer visitors.

The Summer Visitors

Author: Karel Hayes

Publisher: Down East Books

ISBN: 0892729481

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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This follow-up to the successful The Winter Visitors, traces the interactions between a family of bears and a human family during their summer stay at a lake cottage. Told primarily through illustration, with only a few dozen words in the book, children and parents (and grandparents) alike will delight in following the antics of the bumbling bears as they enjoy the comforts of cottage life, but also try to avoid detection by their human hosts.

The Summer I Met Jack

A Novel

Author: Michelle Gable

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 125010324X

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

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"Based on the real-life story of Alicia Corning Clark"--Jacket.

None of My Affair

Author: Fiona O'Brien

Publisher: Hachette Ireland

ISBN: 1473657571

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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IT'S THE WEDDING OF THE YEAR Supermodel Ali Armstrong will tie the knot on board luxury knot Excalibur, surrounded by her closest friends and family. AND THE SCANDAL OF THE DECADE But as the guests descend on Puerto Banus for the festivities, tensions and secrets rise to the surface. Will Ali's mother, Carrie, finally accept the end of her own marriage? Can her sister, Hope, forget her broken heart and learn to trust again? Will Jay see off the Russian temptress and hang on to her millionaire husband? When the sun sets on the azure waters of the Med, the privileged world of the Armstrongs is blown sky high...

By Sun And Candlelight

Author: Susan Sallis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448110947

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

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They discovered the empty cottage in 1940 - when they were still at school, four teenage friends from wildly different backgrounds and with the war casting its shadow over their lives. The cottage became a place of refuge for them - symbolising their loyalty to one another which held in the face of jealousy, passion, tragedy, and betrayal. It was to the cottage that Monica came, pregnant, alone, frightened, and it was there that their story really began. For Bessie, born secretly and shamefully to one of them, raised by another, and loved by them all, came to represent what was the very best in their lives.

Toujours Provence

Author: Peter Mayle

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307791890

Category: Travel

Page: 256

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER Taking up where his beloved A Year in Provence leaves off, Peter Mayle offers us another funny, beautifully (and deliciously) evocative book about life in Provence. With tales only one who lives there could know—of finding gold coins while digging in the garden, of indulging in sumptuous feasts at truck stops—and with characters introduced with great affection and wit—the gendarme fallen from grace, the summer visitors ever trying the patience of even the most genial Provençaux, the straightforward dog "Boy"—Toujours Provence is a heart-warming portrait of a place where, if you can't quite "get away from it all," you can surely have a very good time trying. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Summer After You and Me

Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1492619043

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 304

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Will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances? For Lucy, the Jersey Shore isn't just the perfect summer escape, it's home. As a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in during Memorial Day weekend, crowding her costal town and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Still, she can't help but crush on charming Connor Malloy. His family spends every summer next door, and she longs for their friendship to turn into something deeper. Then Superstorm Sandy sweeps up the coast, bringing Lucy and Connor together for a few intense hours. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm, and Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and her broken home. Time may heal all wounds, but with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, Lucy's summer is sure to be filled with fireworks.

Mr Mac and Me

Author: Esther Freud

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408857189

Category: Suffolk (England)

Page: 296

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A tender and compelling story of an unlikely friendship and Esther Freud's most beautiful and masterful work to date

Local Girls

An Island Summer Novel

Author: Jenny O'Connell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416564171

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 288

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There are two kinds of people on the island -- those who leave at summer's end...and those who are left behind. Kendra and Mona are best friends, local girls who spend their summers catering to rich tourists and the rest of the year chafing against small-town life. Then Mona's mom marries one of the island's rich summer visitors, and Mona joins the world of the Boston elite, leaving Kendra and Martha's Vineyard behind. When Mona returns the following summer, everything is different. Now Mona spends her days sunbathing with her private-school friends, while Kendra works at The Willow Inn -- a job she and Mona once hoped to do together. Unlike his sister, Mona's twin brother Henry hasn't changed. He's spending his summer the way he always has: with long, quiet hours fishing. Early mornings before work become special for Kendra as she starts sharing them with Henry, hoping he can help her figure Mona out. Then Kendra hatches a plan to prove she's Mona's one true friend. She'll uncover the identity of the twins' birth father, a question that has always obsessed Mona. And so she sets out to unravel the seventeen-year-old mystery of the summer boy who charmed Mona's mother. But are some secrets better off staying buried?

The Book of Summer

A Novel

Author: Michelle Gable

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1466880953

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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The ocean, the wild roses on the dunes and the stunning Cliff House, perched atop a bluff in Sconset, Nantucket. Inside the faded pages of the Cliff House guest book live the spellbinding stories of its female inhabitants: from Ruby, a bright-eyed newlywed on the eve of World War II to her granddaughter Bess, who returns to the beautiful summer estate. For the first time in four years, physician Bess Codman visits the compound her great-grandparents built almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Bess must now put aside her complicated memories in order to pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave. It’s not just memories of her family home Bess must face though, but also an old love that might hold new possibilities. In the midst of packing Bess rediscovers the forgotten family guest book. Bess’s grandmother and primary keeper of the book, Ruby, always said Cliff House was a house of women, and by the very last day of the very last summer at Cliff House, Bess will understand the truth of her grandmother’s words in ways she never imagined.

Little Loon

Author: Fran Hodgkins

Publisher: Down East Books

ISBN: 1608933733

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Little Loon traces the birth and first summer of a loon chick on a New England lake, ending with the loon’s migration for the winter. Readers follow along as the baby loon grows and discovers the world around her. Along the way, they’ll learn that loons are so perfectly adapted to life in the water that it’s very difficult for them to walk on land. They only come out of the water to lay eggs, so their nests are built are very close to shore and are very susceptible to flooding in heavy rains. Readers will also discover that the biggest threats to loons come from people—boats, pollution, and fishing tackle. Lavishly illustrated in full color, the book closes with a page of pertinent loon facts and ways for children to help protect this beloved waterfowl.

The Visiting Privilege

New and Collected Stories

Author: Joy Williams

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101874902

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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The legendary writer’s first collection in more than ten years—and, finally, the definitive one. A literary event of the highest order. Joy Williams has been celebrated as a master of the short story for four decades, her renown passing as a given from one generation to the next even in the shifting landscape of contemporary writing. And at long last the incredible scope of her singular achievement is put on display: thirty-three stories drawn from three much-lauded collections, and another thirteen appearing here for the first time in book form. Forty-six stories in all, far and away the most comprehensive volume in her long career, showcasing her crisp, elegant prose, her dark wit, and her uncanny ability to illuminate our world through characters and situations that feel at once peculiar and foreign and disturbingly familiar. Virtually all American writers have their favorite Joy Williams stories, as do many readers of all ages, and each one of them is available here.

Summer Visitors

Author: Susan Sallis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448109434

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Madge was four years old when she first saw the Cornish sea and fell in love with it, and it was there that her family grew and suffered and loved. It was there she and her mother went to recover from a heartrending family tragedy - there she was forced reluctantly into marriage - there she fell into a wild and passionate wartime love. And it was there she saw her children grow and love and cope with the secret legacies the years had left them, until finally they became more than just summer visitors.