wp-1588707610375.jpgWelcome to my stop on the Summer Longing blog tour sponsored by Suzy Approved Book Tours! Thank you to Suzy for the invitation!

I am a big fan of Jamie Brenner’s books and reviewed Drawing Home here on the blog last year.

About the Book:

When a baby is left on the doorstep of a Cape Cod beach house, an unlikely group of women risks all they hold dear to harbor and protect her in this “touching, nuanced summer yarn” (Publisher’s Weekly).

Ruth Cooperman arrives in beautiful beachside Provincetown for her retirement, renting the perfect waterfront cottage while she searches for her forever home. After years of hard work and making peace with life’s compromises, Ruth is looking forward to a carefree summer of solitude. But when she finds a baby girl abandoned on her doorstep, Ruth turns to her new neighbors for help and is drawn into the drama of the close-knit community.

The appearance of the mystery baby has an emotional ripple effect through the women in town, including Amelia Cabral, the matriarch who lost her own child decades earlier; Elise Douglas, owner of the tea shop who gave up her dream of becoming a mother; and teenage local Jaci Barros who feels trapped by her parents’ expectations. Ruth, caring for a baby for the first time in thirty years, even reaches out to her own estranged daughter, Olivia, summoning her to Provincetown in hopes of a reconciliation.

As summer unfolds and friends and family care for the infant, alliances are made, relationships are tested, and secrets are uncovered. But the unconditional love for a child in need just might bring Ruth and the women of Provincetown exactly what they have been longing for themselves.

With heartfelt storytelling, Summer Longing is Jamie Brenner’s eagerly anticipated return to Provincetown; another unforgettable tale about motherhood, friendship, and finding your way home.

“Welcome to the gold standard of summertime escapism.”
—Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Summer of ’69

My Thoughts:

Ruth Cooperman is going to retire in Provincetown. She’s renting a beautiful cottage as she seeks a home to settle into.

Ruth is ready to open this new chapter of her life when she finds an abandoned baby on her doorstep. She leans on her neighbors for help.

This baby has a way of pulling on all the heartstrings and at the same time igniting drama amongst these women. Elise, Amelia, Jaci, and Ruth are each affected by the baby’s presence in different ways.

Oh my gosh, I loved these characters. Loving, quirky, complex characters. There’s a mystery here too. Where did this baby come from? What will her future be like? The setting is completely brought to life and made this the quintessential “beach” read.

Every year, I think Jamie Brenner has topped herself, and I find that with Summer Longing, she has done it again. This is certainly my favorite because it’s all heart.

I received a gifted copy. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Jamie Brenner is a bestselling author and burgeoning knitter. Her novels include THE FOREVER SUMMER, THE WEDDING SISTERS, and DRAWING HOME. Her new book, SUMMER LONGING, publishes on May 5. She lives in New York City and spends her summers visiting the beach towns that inspire her novels. For contact info, tour dates, and book clubs please visit www.jamiebrenner.com

Have you read Summer Longing, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR