by Patti Callahan Henry

June 2009
ISBN: 978-0-451-22395-1
Reviewer Graphic Button New American Library
Trade Paperback

Riley Sheffield's life is already full. She is a single mom and the owner of Driftwood Cottage Bookstore. As she helps plan her mother's milestone birthday and anniversary of the cottage, things go awry in a big way. Her mother takes a serious fall and the store may be lost to financial woes.

Riley has two sisters, Maisy and Adalee. They have not been close in recent times, but Riley hopes they can all put issues from the past aside and rally around their mother and the store. The bookstore is a meeting place for many book clubs in the beach town of Palmetto Beach and beloved by all the residents.

Added to Riley's stress level is the fact that her childhood friend, Mack Logan is coming back to town for the celebration. Riley has not seen him for thirteen years. Mack played a role in driving a wedge between Riley and Maisy years ago. Riley wonders if his visit will help heal past hurts.

I have been a huge fan of author Patti Callahan Henry since her first novel, Losing the Moon . With Driftwood Summer she has created another story that artfully blends romance, family and the disappearing unique flavor of the South. The dialog and vibrant descriptions pull the reader in from the first page.

Riley is a strong woman who has bravely dealt with both her own choices and fate. She has not given up on love, but her family is her top priority. Mack Logan is charming, but has his own issues to handle.

Driftwood Summer will have you longing for summer with sand, sea and a good book. This heartwarming tale will stay with you for a long time.

Reviewed in October 2009 by Roberta.

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