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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,307 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patti Callahan Henry Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN:
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In the small seaside town of Palmetto Beach, the Sheffield sisters - responsible Riley, vivacious Maisy, and fun-loving Adalee - reunite to celebrate their mother's birthday and try to save the family bookstore, which has long been a beloved gathering place in their tight-knit community. But June also marks the return of Mack Logan, who 13 years ago was Riley's best friend and Maisy's teenage crush. His choice of Maisy over Riley during that pivotal summer destroyed the special closeness between the sisters, and sent their lives in very different directions.

Now Riley, a single mom who doubts any man will ever live up to the ideal Mack Logan, must work with her sisters while hiding a shattering secret about their mother. Maisy, a California designer, still blames Riley for ruining her one true love. And Adalee, a college coed, resents the family's intrusion into her summer plans. When Mack arrives, all three sisters are forced to confront their long-held beliefs about the conflicts that tore them apart and the bonds of love and loyalty that still draw them together. Will they allow the past to define the future?

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 2/12/2014

    " I normally like light reading. This is an enjoyable and easy read. But there is so much more going on. The relationships, dealing with choices and consequences, hope, love, and everything else. The characters mature and realize things that help them become happier and more mature. Really good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/8/2014

    " Total beach read with the typical happy ending - which is exactly what I wanted when I picked it up. Completely enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharron | 2/6/2014

    " Great story for anyone who loves books, bookstores, and the beach. Wish I knew where this Cottage Book Store was, or one like it. Very readable. Three sisters come together for the first time in years to save the bookstore created by their controlling mother, who is laid up with a broken leg. The store supports one of the sisters who is a single mom. She lives upstairs in the renovated 200 year old beach cottage and lives her life through books and "dreams of what might have been." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allie Smith | 2/2/2014

    " I've read all of Patti's books...this is the best yet! The sisters were so real, I loved having both their viewpoints...whoever I was reading, I was mad at the other one. The story kept me guessing...I didn't know what was going to happen, so I had to keep reading. I finished in two days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirstin Nice | 1/28/2014

    " great read for the beach! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 1/25/2014

    " LOVED this book!!!!!! A Bookstore on a beach, seriously, what can be better? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eden | 1/20/2014

    " If you are looking for a book about sisterly-relationships, this one is far superior to "My Sisters" by Ann Roth - Driftwood Summer was witty, engaging, heart-warming, and had true-to-life, well-fleshed out characters. Very enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 1/20/2014

    " Enjoy reading this author. Wish she wrote more books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 12/24/2013

    " A fun, light read. I enjoyed the complex relationship between the sisters, and seeing as I always hoped to own a bookstore the setting was a perfect backdrop for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy Neal | 12/12/2013

    " Another wonderful story by this author. Set in a bookstore, the importance of family, how change may not always be a bad thing, rolling with the punches in life are all important themes. Strong female characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/30/2013

    " Very predictable towards the end. Didn't focus enough on third sister. Felt like I was reading a book with no surprises. Took me awhile to get through novel, because of that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tatrd | 11/24/2013

    " Not really a romance but a pretty good story nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kali | 11/7/2013

    " I loved this book. I was a perfect beach read - predictable, but with wonderful characters. I didn't want the story to end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/6/2013

    " This was definitely a good summer book club read. Had all the elements that make it fun to read; a book store on the beach that hosts endless book clubs and three sisters and a mom who have to come to terms with love and lost love and family relations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 10/25/2013

    " This is my first PCH book--I think I will read another. This is a summery read about an estranged family coming back together in a time of crisis. A good book. Beach read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E | 9/3/2013

    " Loved it! I'm a sucker for feel-good books. I just found out that I read another of her books, Between the Tides a couple of years ago and liked it too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/10/2013

    " Can three sisters put aside their differences to help keep the family bookstore in a small beachside communty open? I was expecting kind of a fluffy beach read, but really enjoyed some unexpected plot twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 7/28/2013

    " This a fun summer read. Great book to take on vacation. Just a fun light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hubjeanne | 7/13/2013

    " My first by this author but I will be reading more. Great easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 5/8/2013

    " This book was uneven. The plot was all right--a tale of 3 grown sisters rallying together to try and rescue their beach-side bookstore--but I felt that the writing wasn't fantastic. Some of the dialogue just felt unnatural. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/12/2012

    " Similar to some of my other beach reads, but not quite as good. Somewhat predictable (as if most aren't) and kind of just blah... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 9/7/2012

    " 3 sisters and a bookstore - elements that tug at my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 8/8/2012

    " A really good read - solid story, nice flowing writing. Pretty setting. Wish I could visit this bookstore! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 6/26/2012

    " A bookstore on the beach and the stories of 3 sisters. What's not to like? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/30/2011

    " Really loved this book and would recomend it to anyone who loves to read. The main character owns a bookstore and I don't know about you but I could spend hours in bookstores so I thought this book was pretty good. The story illustrates the family bond of trying to save a family business. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kris | 12/26/2011

    " I've read all her novels, and they had been getting consistently better and better until this one. The story was just okay and some of the dialogue (which is generally one of her strong points) was pretty weak and awkward at times. Still read it over 36 hours but it's not her best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 12/25/2011

    " Typical chick lit. I found the characters to be a bit dumb, self-pitying, and cliched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy Collins | 11/4/2011

    " "Good read for summer - beach town with 3 sisters coming together after a long period of time over falling in love with same guy years ago - and a mother about to lose her book store - if you love reading and summer beach small towns you will love it" Great author - read all her books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 4/14/2011

    " A fun, light read. I enjoyed the complex relationship between the sisters, and seeing as I always hoped to own a bookstore the setting was a perfect backdrop for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 4/7/2011

    " Good beach read. I found myself being pulled into the lives of each character. Will look at other books ny this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/30/2011

    " A very good story revolving around three sisters who reconnect with each other by letting go of the past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/9/2011

    " Very predictable towards the end. Didn't focus enough on third sister. Felt like I was reading a book with no surprises. Took me awhile to get through novel, because of that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirstin | 8/26/2010

    " great read for the beach! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 8/22/2010

    " This is a nice, relaxing read. The story line kept me wanting to read and never put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 8/9/2010

    " Good summer read for the beach. Predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 8/8/2010

    " 2-1/2 stars. A sweet southern novel with a happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/4/2010

    " This was definitely a good summer book club read. Had all the elements that make it fun to read; a book store on the beach that hosts endless book clubs and three sisters and a mom who have to come to terms with love and lost love and family relations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 7/21/2010

    " This was the last book I read before the one I'm on now. It's such a wonderful southern story of a family and sisterhood! It's a heartfelt story and you'll finish the book wanting to go to the beach of course and you'll be happy with the book's outcome for sure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 7/16/2010

    " This was one Callahan Henry that I could just not get into. I gave up halfway in. I just could not relate to any of the main characters or the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 6/18/2010

    " Just finished this great book, silently tearing up at the sandwich place. A great story of growing up, sisters, love, family, and life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 5/22/2010

    " This was a quick read and enjoyable. I thought the characters were written well. The book had some interesting turns. Definitely worth a look. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 4/29/2010

    " Great read! Add this to your summer book list. Story of 3 sisters who reunite to celebrate their mother's birthday and help save the family bookstore. They reunite with old friends, old loves and best friends. Very well written. A nice story about family, friendship. "

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About the Author
Author Patti Callahan Henry

Patti Callahan Henry is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Losing the Moon, Where the River Runs, When Light Breaks, Between the Tides, and The Art of Keeping Secrets. Hailed as a fresh new voice in southern fiction, she has been shortlisted for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and nominated four different times for the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Novel of the Year. She lives in Mountain Brook, Alabama.

About the Narrator

Julia Whelan, winner of twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and was twice a finalist for an Audie in 2015. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer. Her audiobook credits include memoir, nonfiction, romance, supernatural thrillers, young adult, and adult fiction.