Title: Summer at Oyster Bay
Author: Jenny Hale
Release Date: June 9th 2016
Genre: Chick Lit, Romance
Summer at Oyster Bay is the perfect, feel-good summer romance, about the importance of home and family, learning what love is, and living for the moment.
They say falling in love is easy. But what if you know it’ll break your heart?
For Emily Tate, returning to her charming childhood home Oyster Bay is like coming up for air after the fast pace of her city life. At the farm her grandfather built, surrounded by sister Rachel’s chatter, Gram’s buttermilk biscuits, and the soft, white sand, Emily is reminded of exactly who she is and what she holds most dear.
When Emily starts work at elegant Water’s Edge Inn, Charles Peterson, the handsome new owner, asks for her help. He wants to expand and needs Emily to teach him the local ways, so he can convince the planning commission. Emily vows to make him fall in love with her hometown, just the way it is.
At work, Charles is reserved and serious, yet once Emily has him kicking off his shoes in the sand and sailing across the glistening Chesapeake Bay, she sees another side to him, and their easy rapport feels like the start of something big.
But when it becomes clear Charles’s plans for the inn involve bulldozing Oyster Bay, Emily is heartbroken. Will she lose her home and Charles all at once, or can she save Oyster Bay, and give true love a chance?
After three years away, Emily comes back to her childhood home, where are living her Gram and Sister with her family. She starts to work at a Water’s Edge Inn, where she meets the new owner Charlie. He wants to expand the Inn and wants Emily to show him the best of the Oyster Bay and convince the commission that it is a good idea. Emily and Charlie enjoy each other’s company and Emily feels herself happy again, until it comes out that the expansion would destroy her childhood home. The house and the beach are very important to her, because they hold so many fond memories, especially about Pop, who passed away not long ago. Emily is torn between being heartbroken because of his plans and still having feelings for him. How are Emily and Charlie going to solve the big obstacle to their love?
I have to say I liked the setting in Oyster Bay, and also the strong family connection between the characters and to the house filled with memories. It was such a heartwarming story, one of my favorite moments was when Gram told how she met the love of her life-Emily’s grandfather. Their love played such an important role in the story. It’s a terrific book-a sweet summery romance.