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Summer's end
Seidel, Kathleen Gilles.
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New York : HarperPaperbacks, 1999.
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418 pages ; 18 cm
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"A genuinely appealing and absorbing read."
--Publishers Weekly

"Her talent is a gift to us all."
--New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips

A classic summer favorite, Summer's End by Kathleen Gilles Seidel is a story of family bonds and entanglements, brimming with drama, love, fun, and sun. This is women's fiction at its most compelling and entertaining--a tale of clashing personalities and irresistible attractions, as two families joined by marriage gather at a retreat in Minnesota. Seidel's Summer's End is a perfect summer read--gripping, poignant, uplifting, funny--a novel that satisfies on so many levels, particularly if you're a fan of the fiction of Mary Alice Monroe, Emilie Richards, and Kristin Hannah.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Gwen and HalÄeach middle-aged, each alone after the death of a longtime spouseÄmarry after a whirlwind courtship. They have enough experience to know what they want, but their adult children are another story. When the newly merged clan comes together for an extended vacation at a remote lakeside cottageÄa place without the helpful distractions of telephone and televisionÄthe stage is set for grieving, bonding and, of course, a fair bit of squabbling. Hal's daughter Phoebe struggles to come to terms with mourning her exceptional mother, and accept the family's transformation; rootless but resourceful Jack, Gwen's son, battles his attraction for new stepsister Amy, a famous ice-skater with a sound but untried heart. These are mild dramas, but Seidel's (Again) solid insight into family dynamics weaves the different threads into an entertaining story. Her affectionately drawn characters are admirable and irritating at onceÄjust like real peopleÄand both their petty and loving moments feel authentic. Despite a rather cumbersome start, this is a genuinely appealing and absorbing read. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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