The Summer House by Hannah McKinnon

  • Title:  The Summer House
  • Author:  Hannah McKinnon
  • Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
  • Pages:  336
  • Publish date:  June 6, 2017 – Atria/Emily Bestler Books
  • Source:  Publisher

My take:  The Merrill family is meeting at their summer house at the Rhode Island shore to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday. Flossy, their mother, has planned the perfect party that will take place on the last night of their week together. She only hopes her adult children won’t kill each other before that night. Each one brings their own drama with them and thinks nothing of reliving sibling rivalries, perceived slights, etc. Paige, the eldest, feels like she’s losing control of her life. Middle child Samuel and his husband lost out on a chance to adopt and worry they’ll never get another chance. Youngest daughter Clem, a widow of two years, is just beginning to feel like she can move forward in her new life as a single parent of two young children. I especially loved the parents, Richard and Flossy.

The Summer House takes place over the course of one week. I loved the setting, the messy family dynamics, and how easy it was to relate to Hannah McKinnon’s characters. One of my favorite scenes is when one of the children gives a speech at the birthday party – it was quite emotional. I really enjoyed my time with this novel and recommend it to fans of the author and family dramas. It makes my  2017 Favorites List, for sure.

About the Author:

Hannah McKinnon is the author of The Lake Season and Mystic Summer. She lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, with her family, a flock of chickens and two rescue dogs.



Twitter: @hannahmckinnon

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THE SUMMER HOUSE by Hannah McKinnon

Emily Bestler Books Paperback | ISBN: 9781501162800 | On-sale: June 6, 2017 | 320 pages | $16.00
eBook ISBN: 9781501162817, $9.99



14 thoughts on “The Summer House by Hannah McKinnon

  1. Hi Mary,

    I tend to read books from this genre, as lighter relief between my crime / thriller / suspense choices.

    Stories of family reunions or family meals are always prime target for a good squabble or falling out and the fact that this house party goes on for a week makes drama and emotional blackmail almost a certainty.

    Hannah isn’t an author I am familiar with, however, research done, her name is on my list for the future.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂



  2. I’ve liked the couple of previous books I’ve read and seen as this one is sure to make your favs for 2017 well that is very impressive. One I’ll keep in mind.


  3. I am reading this now and enjoying it.

    Nice review…you hit all the highlights. Oh no that the party is emotional…thanks for the heads up. 🙂 I will have some tissues handy.



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