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Arc Book Review | The Book of Summer

This was a fascinating story about Cliff House in Nantucket and the women who have lived in it; and it’s all tied together by this Book of Summer. 

What first drew me to this book the author; I’ve not read Michelle Gable’s previous books, but they are on my tbr pile purely for the fact that both are set in Paris. But although I haven’t read her books previously, when I saw this book was available to request on Netgalley, I jumped on the chance to read it. Did it live up to my expectations? I’d have to say no, and it all comes down to the writing style of this book. It was a strange mix of first person and second person that just sounded off to my ear.

I enjoyed the story of these strong women and the story of this house that Bess’s grandmother said was a house of women; I liked that it flashed back between WWII-era and current day; I just wish the writing style hadn’t sounded off to me. I’m coming to realize I’m a bit picky with the writing style of books I read (I never thought I was), because a lot of books that I’ve read lately that I haven’t particularly cared for have been because of the writing style.

Overall, this book wasn’t really for me, but I think a lot of people will enjoy this book.

My Rating: 3/5 stars

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