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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,408 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Green Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781101223116
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A momentous new novel set in Maine and filled with surprises, wit, and warmth from the New York Times bestselling author.


Callie Perry is a successful family photographer living in Upstate New York. She adores her two daughters, has great friends, and actually doesn't mind that her workaholic husband gets home at 9 p.m. every night—that is, when he's not traveling six months out of the year. 

Callie's younger sister, Steff, on the other hand, has never grown up. She's a free spirit, living in downtown Manhattan and bouncing between jobs and boyfriends. Lately, she's been working as a vegan chef, even though she can't cook. 

Lila Grossman is Callie’s best friend and has finally met the man of her dreams. Eddie has two wonderful children, but also a drama queen ex-wife who hates Lila. And then there are Callie and Steff’s parents, Walter Cutler and Honor Pitman. Divorced for thirty years, they rarely speak to each other. 

The lives of these colorful characters intersect when they each receive a shocking note that summons them together for one extraordinary summer in Maine and changes their lives forever. This novel is about the hard choices we have to face, about having to be your parents’ child long after you've grown up, and about the enduring nature of love.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanine | 2/15/2014

    " Loved this book. Full of cozy details, recipes, love and loss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 2/15/2014

    " Good beach read. Heavier than Jane green's other books but also good like the rest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Wilson | 2/14/2014

    " It was a good read but it did not fully grasp my attention till I was half way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Lewandowski | 2/11/2014

    " A touching story about family ties "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Nyman | 2/7/2014

    " Talk about a tear jerker. Great book, so quick to read. Jane Green is def. chick lit, but she never disappoints. "

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

    " Fast, easy read that almost brought me to tears at the end. I'm definetly getting more emotional as I get older. Had some good looking recipes (one at the end of each chapter) as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina Beirne | 1/25/2014

    " Very different from the other Jane Green novels that I have read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/21/2014

    " If you have any tears that need to be jerked, this is the book for you. Callie Perry has the ideal life. She is a breast cancer survivor, she is happily married with two young children, and she is surrounded by loving family and friends. Then the unthinkable happens and it tests the love and friendship of all those around her. This book is about the relationships between four women--Callie; Steffi, her younger sister and the ultimate free spirit; Lila, Callie's best friend for decades; and Honor, Callie and Steffi's mother. I have very strong opinions on friendship. I think that friends should support each other during both the good times and the difficult times and that it is important for friends to let each other know if there is a problem in the relationship. The women in this book could be role models for the ties of love and friendship that can exist among women and the obligations that such relationships require. Quite simply, parts of this book made me laugh out loud and parts of it brought me to tears. Jane Green wrote this book as an homage to her best friend and the strength of that relationship is on quiet display in this story. "

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

    " This book wasn't super fantastic or anything, but there was something about it that I liked even though I'm not sure what that was. The characters didn't annoy me even though they seemed a bit goody-goody and there wasn't really enough personality in them to differentiate them from everyone else. The book is supposed to be sad because someone dies, but that was predictable. But not sad enough for me to cry. A quick read and there are recipes at the end of the chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Norton | 1/20/2014

    " Very moving. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Staci | 1/12/2014

    " This was another good book by Jane Green. Not my favorite, but she tells a good story. She sets scenes very well and makes you feel like you could be sitting right there along with the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 1/8/2014

    " It was just barely okay. Too repetitive, too smooshy (you know what I mean), although if you like smooshy you're in for a treat, and too predictable. My favorite thing about the book? The recipes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/24/2013

    " Like the recipes in the book! Not as good as The Beach House in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Smith | 12/20/2013

    " Heartbreaking. It made me laugh and cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tabitha | 12/19/2013

    " An easy ready, chick lit, tear jerker :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lfeens | 11/23/2013

    " So very sad. Did not know it would be so sad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole Ferguson | 10/3/2013

    " I've read all of Jane Green's books. This has to be one of my favorites. I can't remember the last time I started and finished a book in one day, but I seriously could not put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 8/30/2013

    " Every bit as tearful as I'd been told it would be - glad I wasn't reading it on the train. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ckelly | 8/13/2013

    " A real tear jerker!!! Loved it because of the recipes at the end of each chapter - some really good "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 8/4/2013

    " Choppy - overall story was worth telling but the intro drug on and on, then the story wrapped up quickly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha Valasek | 7/14/2013

    " Loved this book, helps us remember what is important in life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nora | 3/9/2013

    " lovely. SPOILER ALERT--this is a wicked tear-jerker despite how sunny the beginning is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Schaefme | 1/2/2013

    " This was tough to read with a friend who's currently battling breast cancer, but I like Green's crisp style. First time she's ever included recipes in one of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryrose | 6/16/2012

    " This book made me cry, and the recipes are delicious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ariel | 3/21/2012

    " Not as enjoyable as the usual Jane Green chick lit ... SPOILER ALERT I didn't like the bittersweet ending. When I read something like this, I want it to be frothy and fun, not kind of a downer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 7/16/2011

    " An interesting book that focuses on family and friends, changes in their lives and the impact of cancer on their relationships. Mouth watering recipes at the end of each chapter. It was a sensitive and compelling book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 5/23/2011

    " A tear-jerker about a breast cancer survivor & her relationships with her flighty sister, her best friend & her mother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tbb113 | 5/5/2011

    " Fast, easy read that almost brought me to tears at the end. I'm definetly getting more emotional as I get older. Had some good looking recipes (one at the end of each chapter) as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Babz | 4/25/2011

    " Everything was good, except I do not want to live through the horrors of cancer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/21/2011

    " Loved this book! It was a quick read and I thought the recipes at the end of each chapter was very clever.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 4/21/2011

    " Be sure to have the tissues by your side as you near the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 4/10/2011

    " Wish there were a half star -- more than 3, less than 4 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 4/10/2011

    " Choppy - overall story was worth telling but the intro drug on and on, then the story wrapped up quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 4/4/2011

    " easy read for a weekend, not to deep somewhat predictable, but that is just what I needed!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 4/3/2011

    " Predictable, easy read. However, that is the reason I read books by authors like Jane Green sometimes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 4/2/2011

    " not the best Jane Green I've read, nice and easy going "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 3/30/2011

    " cried my eyes out - hard to get into at first. I kept wondering what the plot even was but once it got going I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 3/27/2011

    " Better than the last couple of books I've read... Which isn't saying a whole lot... "

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About the Author
Author Jane Green

Jane Green is a former journalist in the United Kingdom and a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York. She has written seventeen novels, sixteen of them New York Times bestsellers. Her novels are published in over twenty-five languages, and she has more than ten million books in print worldwide. She writes a daily blog and contributes to various publications including the Huffington Post, the Sunday Times, and Self.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of thirty-nine Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.