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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (583 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emylia Hall Narrator: Polly Lee Publisher: Harlequin Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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For nine-year-old Beth Lowe, it should have been a magical summer - sun-kissed days lounging in rickety deck chairs, nights gathered around the fire. But what begins as an innocent vacation in Hungary ends with the devastating separation of her parents. Beth and her father return home alone, leaving her mother, Marika, behind.

Over the next seven summers, Beth walks a tightrope between worlds, fleeing her quiet home and distant father to bask in the intoxicating Hungarian countryside with Marika. It is during these enthralling summers that Beth comes to life and learns to love. But at 16, she uncovers a life-shattering secret, bringing her sacred summers with Marika abruptly to an end.

Now, years later, Beth receives a package containing a scrapbook, a haunting record of a time long forgotten. Suddenly, she is swept back to the world she left behind, forced to confront the betrayal that destroyed her - and to search her heart for forgiveness.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathryn | 2/19/2014

    " Awesome.Loved this book!Would highly recommend it to anybody looking for a bit of escape.Cannot wait for her next book. "

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

    " I started this once, put it down to finish another and then picked it up again. Then I had a hard time putting it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 2/4/2014

    " The Book of Summers was an "okay" story for me. I didn't really come to care much about the characters, and, really, until the end of the book when the "big secret" is revealed, nothing much happens. The characters were just that - characters - sterotypical "types" and not real people for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie desJardins | 1/19/2014

    " I'm torn between giving this book a 3 and a 4. I really liked how it was written, and some of the portrayals of place and character. But I just didn't buy the core premise. (view spoiler)[It simply seemed implausible, given the characters that the reader has come to know, that Erzsi would so utterly forsake Marika, XXX, and even Tamas -- who has done nothing wrong and seems to love her passionately -- because Marika turns out to be her stepmother (ish) rather than her mother. Really, getting upset -- I get that. Storming out and having NO contact for 12 years? Come on. And the entire book is centered around this premise -- it's the huge dramatic twist that Hall withholds from us for years and years of Erzski's life -- so when the premise falls flat, the entire book really suffers. (hide spoiler)] If the book had ended differently, and not tried to be Oh So Dramatic and with Such a Shocking Twist, I think I would have absolutely loved it. As it is -- well, I can't give it 3.5 stars, so I am settling for 3. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dale Harcombe | 1/17/2014

    " Probably closer to three and a half stars. I enjoyed this book. A beautifully written story of a young girl's life after her parents split up and holidays spent in Hungary while the rest of her life is in England. Not compelling but a good read and an interesting development towards the end, that throws a whole different light on the situation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane S. | 1/16/2014

    " 3.5 When I first started reading this book, I thought this was just another woman's fiction book. It is to a certain extent but it became so much more. Long lost package, summers spent in Hungary and a secret about while the summers came to an end and Erzebet became estranged from her mother. All this is revealed in a provocative twist and suddenly the book becomes much more than it was at the beginning. Loved the descriptions of Hungary and much of its culture, which I had not read about before, and the descriptive prose was beautiful. Although I did find the book to be a bit melancholy, in the end it seemed more about how things we often cannot control have lasting repercussions. ARC from NetGalley. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 12/30/2013

    " Received an ARC. I liked pretty-much everything about this book the characters, the story, the descriptions of place and time, and the not-quite-happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 11/12/2013

    " The last few chapters of this book were amazing & very moving. It's been a while since a book's made me cry but this achieved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise Adkins | 11/12/2013

    " Lovely story although I found it a little bit slow to start but soon found it a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiersten | 11/11/2013

    " This took me a few chapters to get into, but once I did, I was hooked. Great characters and beautiful writing. It makes me want to go to Hungary in the summer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 6/4/2013

    " This was a great story about forgiveness and family. The story takes place in the Hungarian countryside which takes you on a wonderful journey. Very descriptive and enthralling! Loved this story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adela | 11/25/2012

    " A lovely story. I really enjoyed this book. Told with such feeling and the story line is excellent. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Tompert | 10/4/2012

    " It's not often a book has a twist that I find surprising. This is one that did. I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg_inthecity | 6/30/2012

    " The Book of Summers is the perfect combination of nostalgia and wanderlust. I was reminded of my own childhood summers and at the same time, desperately imagined myself on a long, lazy vacation in Hungary. It's a perfect summertime read, light but not fluffy; I highly recommend it. "

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