🎧︎Summer at the Cape by RaeAnne Thayne

🎧︎Summer at the Cape

Posted on April 18, 2022 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 7 Comments

In 🎧︎Summer at The Cape, Thayne delivered a heart-warming story about second chances served up with a side of romance. The story kept me engaged from start to finish. Filled with relatable characters, loss, healing, hope, growth and joy, Thayne took me on an interesting and emotional journey.

 

🎧︎Summer at the Cape by RaeAnne ThayneTitle: Summer at the Cape
Author(s): RaeAnne Thayne
Narrator(s): Carly Robins
Published by Harlequin Audio on April 5, 2022
Pages: 324
Length: 9 hours and 12 minutes
Genre(s): Women's Fiction
Source: Netgalley, Scribd
Format: Audiobook, eArc
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level: One Flame

From the beloved bestselling author of Season of Wonder and The Cliff House
 comes a poignant and uplifting novel about forgiveness, family and all the complications—and joy



that come with it

As the older sibling to identical twins Violet and Lily, Cami Porter was always the odd sister out. The divide grew even wider when their parents split up—while the twins stayed in Cape Sanctuary with their free-spirited mother, Rosemary, fourteen-year-old Cami moved to LA with her attorney father. Nearly twenty years later, when Cami gets the terrible news that Lily has drowned saving a child’s life, her mother begs her to return home to help untangle the complicated estate issues her sister left behind.
Navigating their own strained relationship, Cami readjusts to the family and community she hasn’t known for decades, including the neighbor who stands in the way of her late sister’s dream, while Violet grieves the loss of her twin and struggles to figure out who she is now, without her other half, as the little girl Lily saved pulls her back into the orbit of the man she once loved.
With poignancy and heart, RaeAnne Thayne once again delivers her charming signature blend of warmth, wit and wisdom.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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SUMMARY

Cami Porter is a successful contracts attorney living in Los Angeles. When she was fourteen, her parents divorced. Cami went to live with her father while her twin sisters, Violet and Lily, stayed with their mother in Cape Sanctuary. While Cami followed in her father’s footsteps by becoming an attorney, Violet teaches special needs children and Lily has yet to settle on a career. Because of the distance, Cami never developed a bond with her sisters. She felt like an outcast. However, the lack of a sibling bond never stopped them from loving each other. Therefore, the news of Lilly’s death devastated her. Then her mother pleads with her to return to Cape Sanctuary to sort out a complex legal issue Lilly’s death created. Despite not looking forward to the trip, Cami heads to Cape Sanctuary. While there, she experiences life changing moments.

Told from alternating POVs 🎧︎Summer at the Cape was a poignant story of second chances. It featured relatable characters caught up in realistic circumstances. Despite the display of strength portrayed by each of the characters, they were flawed. Their fears, struggles, and doubts came alive. 

The story touched on loss, grief and heartbreak. Broken relationships were repaired and new ones formed. I enjoyed all the story offered. However, there was one element of this heartwarming tale that resonated with me. It relates to how Thayne wove the effects of Lewy Body Dementia on not only the patient but also on those close to the individual into the story.

In this story, readers get three romances, two of which involved a second chance at love. Readers familiar with the author will know not to expect any steamy moments. Losing someone is never easy, and it made me glad to see Cami, Violet and their mom supporting each other during their time of grief. 

The story ended on a beautiful note. It left the reader in a good place, seeing it all come together for all involved.  🎧︎ Summer at the Cape was a beautifully written story that will grip you from start and melt your heart in the end. Perfect for readers of women’s fiction with a dash of romance on the side. 

 

Narration

 

Carly Robins narrates. I enjoyed her performance in the past and this time was no different. She brought the characters to life and allowed their personalities to shine through. Her tone, expression and pacing were perfect, which enhanced my listening experience and increased my enjoyment of the story.

Story Evaluation
Plot
4
Characters
4.5
World Building
4
Writing Style
4
Pacing
4
Cover
5
Narrator (Audio)
5
Enjoyment
4
Ending
4.5
Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

About RaeAnne Thayne

I’m not one of those people who knew from birth she was destined to become a writer. I always loved to read and throughout my childhood I could usually be found with a book in my hands. To the disgust of my friends, I even enjoyed creative writing assignments that made them all groan. But I had other dreams besides writing. I wanted to be an actress or a teacher or a lawyer. Life took a different turn for me, though, when my mother made me take a journalism elective in high school (thanks, Mom!). I knew the first day that this was where I belonged. After I graduated from college in journalism, I took a job at the local daily newspaper and I reveled in the challenge and the diversity of it. One day I could be interviewing the latest country music star, the next day I was writing about local motorcycle gangs or interviewing an award-winning scientist. Through it all — through the natural progression of my career from reporter to editor — I wrote stories in my head. Not just any stories, either, but romances, the kind of books I have devoured since junior high school, with tales about real people going through the trials and tribulations of life until they find deep and lasting love. I had no idea how to put these people on paper, but knew I had to try — their stories were too compelling for me to ignore. I sold my first book in 1995 and now, more than 60 books later, I’ve come to love everything about writing, from the click of the computer keys under my fingers to the “that’s—it!” feeling I get when a story is flowing. I write full-time now (well, as full-time as I can manage juggling my kids!) amid the raw beauty of the northern Utah mountains. Even though I might not have dreamed of being a writer when I was younger, now I simply can’t imagine my life any other way.

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