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From the bestselling author of the hit Netflix series Virgin River!
They lived for summers at the family lake house until an accident changed everything.
That was then...
For the Hempsteads, two sisters who married two brothers and had three daughters each, summers were idyllic. The women would escape the city the moment school was out to gather at the family house on Lake Waseka. It was a magical place, a haven where they were happy and carefree. All of their problems drifted away as the days passed in sun-dappled contentment. Until the summer that changed everything.
This is now...
After an accidental drowning turned the lake house into a site of tragedy and grief, it was closed up. For good. None of the Hempstead women speak of what happened that summer, and relationships between them are uneasy at best to hurtful at worst. But in the face of new challenges, one woman is determined to draw her family together again, and the only way that can happen is to return to the lake and face the truth.
An unforgettable story about a family learning to accept the past, to forgive and to love each other again.
Don't miss Robyn Carr's next uplifting novel, The Friendship Club, where four women come together at a tumultuous time in their lives, forging an unbreakable bond that will leave them all forever changed—available January 2024!
Look no further for even more great summer beach reads from Robyn Carr:
  • A Family Affair
  • Sunrise On Half Moon Bay
  • The View From Alameda Island
  • Never Too Late

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    From the bestselling author of the hit Netflix series Virgin River!
    They lived for summers at the family lake house until an accident changed everything.
    That was then...
    For the Hempsteads, two sisters who married two brothers and had three daughters each, summers were idyllic. The women would escape the city the moment school was out to gather at the family house on Lake Waseka. It was a magical place, a haven where they were happy and carefree. All of their problems drifted away as the days passed in sun-dappled contentment. Until the summer that changed everything.
    This is now...
    After an accidental drowning turned the lake house into a site of tragedy and grief, it was closed up. For good. None of the Hempstead women speak of what happened that summer, and relationships between them are uneasy at best to hurtful at worst. But in the face of new challenges, one woman is determined to draw her family together again, and the only way that can happen is to return to the lake and face the truth.
    An unforgettable story about a family learning to accept the past, to forgive and to love each other again.
    Don't miss Robyn Carr's next uplifting novel, The Friendship Club, where four women come together at a tumultuous time in their lives, forging an unbreakable bond that will leave them all forever changed—available January 2024!
    Look no further for even more great summer beach reads from Robyn Carr:
  • A Family Affair
  • Sunrise On Half Moon Bay
  • The View From Alameda Island
  • Never Too Late

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          August 15, 2017
          A family in crisis returns to the lake house where, years ago, an unexpected tragedy tore them apart.When the Hempstead sisters decide to spend the summer together in Lake Waseka, Minnesota, Charley has just lost her job as a daytime television host, Meg has stage 4 breast cancer, and they both need a break from their worried partners. But their mother, Louise, has forbidden them from using the house ever since the summer their youngest sister, Bunny, drowned at the same time Charley, then a teenager, found out she was pregnant. Meg's dying wish for a family reunion inspires Charley to enlist the help of her Aunt Jo and her cousins Hope, Beverly, and Krista to get Louise to change her mind. Jo's family also fell apart when Bunny died, and though time hasn't healed everything--Hope is struggling to cope with her divorce, Krista is in prison, and Beverly has kept her distance after leaving the family for foster care--everyone is hoping for a fresh start. With so many mothers, daughters, sisters, and cousins to track (not to mention their husbands and boyfriends), there are many sides to each story and no shortage of drama as the women confront their past. The summer flies by as old wounds are healed, new alliances are formed, and lives are changed forever. It sounds like a nightmare of a family vacation, but with strong relationship dynamics, juicy secrets, and a heartwarming ending, it's a blissful beach read.

          COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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          October 1, 2017
          Charley Hempstead is at loose ends when her talk show is cancelled, but she soon finds purpose in caring for her sister. Meg, who has breast cancer, has a final wish: to spend one more summer on Lake Waseka, Minnesota, with their cousins, something they haven't done since the fateful summer their youngest sister drowned. Krista is the first cousin to arrive, on a bus fresh from prison. Hope is less enthusiastic about leaving her tony Philadelphia neighborhood but is enticed west by the prospect of securing her inheritance. Charley isn't sure anything can fix her relationship with her mother, Louise, nor the relationship between Louise and her sister, Jo. Far more happened that summer than the tragic accident on the lake, and Louise wants to keep it buried. This novel of sisters and secrets has a pleasant setting, a leisurely pace, and a sweet story line for Krista that will please fans of Carr's Virgin River series. Themes of responsibility, forgiveness, and the agony and ecstasy of female relatives will appeal to readers of Debbie Macomber and Susan Wiggs.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2017, American Library Association.)

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          May 1, 2017

          In this latest women's fiction entry from the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, a television talk show host booted out when her ratings tumble returns to her neglected childhood summer home. A gathering of female relatives reveals very different memories of what happened during a fateful last summer there. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

          Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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    They lived for summers at the family lake house until an accident changed everything.
    That was then...
    For the Hempsteads, two sisters who married two brothers and had three daughters each, summers were idyllic. The women would escape the city the moment school was out to gather at the family house on Lake Waseka. It was a magical place, a haven where they were happy and carefree. All of their problems drifted away as the days passed in sun-dappled contentment. Until the summer that changed everything.
    This is now...
    After an accidental drowning turned the lake house into a site of tragedy and grief, it was closed up. For good. None of the Hempstead women speak of what happened that summer, and relationships between them are uneasy at best to hurtful at worst. But in the face of new challenges, one woman is determined to draw her family together again, and the only way...
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