Driftwood Summer by Patti Callahan Henry

Driftwood Summer by Patti Callahan Henry: Book Cover

Three sisters— responsible Riley, vivacious Maisy, and fun-loving Adalee—reunite to save the family’s beach-community bookstore. But summer also marks the return of Mack Logan, whose choice of Maisy over Riley years ago destroyed the special closeness between the sisters…


Now Riley, a single mom, is hiding a shattering secret about their mother. Maisy, a California designer, still blames Riley for ruining her one true love. And Adalee resents the family’s intrusion into her summer plans. All three will be forced to confront the conflicts that tore them apart and the bounds of love and loyalty that still draw them together…

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Funny how I’ve gravitated to vacation books lately. No actual beach getaway for us this year so I’m reading books about people who live at the shore! Having six sisters, I think Patti Callahan Henry did a great job portraying the Sheffield sisters’ relationships with each other. It may have gotten a little dramatic and intense at times but that was believable as well.
Another aspect of the novel that I enjoyed was the interaction between the ‘summer people’ and the town people. Not in a negative way – just that both groups seem to idealize each other and the location’s effect on their lives. I have wonderful memories of family vacations at the shore and the people who lived there year-round.
If you’re looking for a story about family dynamics and other relationships (both realistic and idealized), Driftwood Summer may be just the book for you.