Summer at the Cape by RaeAnne Thayne
Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication: April 12th 2022 by HQN
Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance
Taken from Goodreads: From the beloved bestselling author of Season of Wonder and The Cliff House comes a poignant and uplifting novel about forgiveness, family and all the complications—and joy — that come with it
As the older sibling to identical twins Violet and Lily, Cami Porter was always the odd sister out. The divide grew even wider when their parents split up—while the twins stayed in Cape Sanctuary with their free-spirited mother, Rosemary, fourteen-year-old Cami moved to LA with her attorney father. Nearly twenty years later, when Cami gets the terrible news that Lily has drowned saving a child’s life, her mother begs her to return home to help untangle the complicated estate issues her sister left behind.
Navigating their own strained relationship, Cami readjusts to the family and community she hasn’t known for decades, including the neighbor who stands in the way of her late sister’s dream, while Violet grieves the loss of her twin and struggles to figure out who she is now, without her other half, as the little girl Lily saved pulls her back into the orbit of the man she once loved.
My Thoughts: A familiar story of a family torn apart by divorce, the children (now adults) coming back together after a loss of a family member. This time it is the death of one of the twin sisters and the need to help their mother keep Lily’s dream of a glamcamp alive. I was aware that this was a theme I had read before but RaeAnne Thayne did an excellent job of keeping the story fresh and interesting. I wanted the family to heal. I was invested in seeing Violet and Cami learn to be sisters again. I wanted to see the camp succeed.
I love the men of the story. Jon, who left his dad after a fight never to return has returned to his dad in his time of need. I love this. To me it says that family is still important even with their differences in the past. Alex, who has a daughter, has not let go of his feelings for Violet and I love that he gives her space while also being sure that she knows exactly what he would like. Alex shows Voilet the respect she deserves while also pushing her to let her feelings out.
Summer at the Cape is a story of love, second chances, family, forgiveness, and happy ever afters. I love this book. I have read many of RaeAnne’s books and this is in my top five list of hers.
**Thank you Ann-Marie at GetRed PR and NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
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Meet RaeAnne Thayne (Taken from her website): New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and #1 Publishers Weekly bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne has written more than 70 books since selling her first book in 1995. She has received a career achievement award from Romantic Times for series romantic adventure, as well as a Pioneer of Romance award. She finds inspiration from the beautiful mountains of northern Utah, where she lives with her family.
Her books have been described as “poignant and sweet,” with “beautiful, honest storytelling (that) goes straight to the heart.”
#1 NYT Bestselling Author Debbie Macomber: “Reading these stories of small-town life engages the reader’s heart and emotions, inspiring hope and the belief miracles are possible.”
#1 NYT Bestselling Author Robyn Carr: “RaeAnne Thayne gets better with every book!”
RT Book Reviews: RaeAnne Thayne has a knack for capturing those emotions that come from the heart.”
Frolic: “Thayne knows how to write the perfect romance.”
RaeAnne is available for speaking engagements, interviews, and appearances. She also loves speaking with book clubs or writer groups via telephone or Skype.