The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable. Published by St. Martins

Bess Codman leaves San Francisco for her family home on Nantucket to convince her mother to leave Cliff House. The house that was built by her ancestors a century earlier is ready to fall into the ocean because of erosion. Her mother, Cissy, has no intention of leaving the family home and Bess can see that what was supposed to be a quick trip will be anything but. Bess’s grandmother told her long ago that Cliff House was a house of women and Bess, using the family guest book begins to piece together the history of her family, beginning with wide-eyed Ruby, arriving at the house just as World War II is about to break out, down through her female relatives and how they are connected to Cliff House. This is a beautiful story about what makes a home, and the belief that a house, can itself, be a living, breathing member of a family

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