Review: Summer at Oyster Bay

Posted 28th December 2017 by Emma in Reviews / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Summer at Oyster BaySummer at Oyster Bay by Jenny Hale
Also by this author: Coming Home For Christmas, Summer by the Sea, A Christmas to Remember, The Summer House
Published by Bookouture on 9th June 2016
Genres: Chicklit, Humour, Love & Romance
Pages: 276
Format: eARC
Source: from Netgalley
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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?

Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book via Netgalley.

Emily has returned to her hometown after she turned down her boyfriends proposal. When she starts working at Water’s Edge Inn she meets the owner Charles Peterson. Charles is having a hard time getting the permission he needs to complete his projects, so  Emily helps Charles to learn the local ways. The two have such chemistry its obvious something is going to happen between them. When Emily finds out his project is to destroy her childhood home she’s devastated and does everything she can to try to save it.

Jenny does such a good job of weaving in the subplots that Emily’s family are involved in. They are relateable. The problems they go through are the ones that everyone has been through.

Emily’s niece is adorable and I always have a lot of love for dogs so Flash was also  a favourite of mine.

I adore Jenny’s summer books. Actually I love all of Jenny’s books. I love her writing style, I love her characters and I love her locations. Chesapeake Bay is a stunning location that has beautiful beaches and glittering seas.

I can’t wait to dive into the next book from Jenny because I know ‘m going to be taken to the most beautiful location.

About Jenny Hale

When I graduated college, one of my friends said, “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day.” Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to me.

Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t.

While I didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, I completed a novel that I felt was worthy of publication. The result is Coming Home for Christmas, a heart-warming story about friends, family, and the magic of love at Christmas.

I released my second book, Love Me for Me, this past summer, and my next novel, A Christmas to Remember is out now.

When I’m not writing, I’m a District Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages, a mother of two boys, and a wife to a very supportive husband.


Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Goodreads Challenge (2017)
  • Netgalley Challenge (2017)
  • TBR Pile (2017 )

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