Robyn Carr’s latest, The Summer That Made Us, is about family and all the emotions family brings forth.

For the Hempsteads, two sisters who married two brothers and had three daughters each, summers were idyllic. The women would escape each summer and gather at Lake Waseka. The lake was a magical place, a haven where they were happy and carefree. Until the summer that changed everything. Years go by with the family drifting further apart. Then one woman decides to draw her family together again, and the only way that can happen is to return to the lake and face the truth.

What drove this family apart? That question is what plagued me as I read this book. One answer to that question is made obvious. But there is more than one answer to that question! It was the more that took a surprising, mysterious twist, which I loved because I wasn’t expecting it at all.

As stated above, the main theme of this book is family. It’s about stepping up to help your family, even if you’re not that happy with them at the time. I closed the book satisfied with the ending though it was a little sad. I won’t tell you why it was sad because that would ruin your journey. But I encourage you to take the journey. It’s a good one.

Advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley.


Rating: 4 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The Summer That Made Us

Author: Robyn Carr

Release Date: September 5, 2017

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