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The Summer Hideaway

Narrated by: Helene Maksoud
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
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Summary

Alice Emerson and best friend Sasha Miller have made a pact. They’ve decided to swap city living for the beautiful white beaches of the Outer Banks and pour everything they have into launching an ice cream shop in the little house by the sea where Alice spent blissful childhood holidays with her grandfather. As Alice and Sasha add color to the walls of the beach house and tempt the locals with their delicious recipes, their fresh new life begins to take shape. 

Swept away by her plans, love is the last thing on Alice’s mind. But she keeps running into mysterious doctor Jack Murphy, and finds herself falling for his golden charm and warm smile. As they laugh through sunshine-filled days and long romantic evenings, Alice tries hard not to think he could be the one for her - Jack is only here for the season, and Alice has had her fair share of heartbreak. 

Just when Alice’s summer couldn’t be more perfect, she discovers an old letter tucked away in the beach house. It contains a family secret that turns Alice’s world upside down and threatens the future of the ice cream shop. And then Jack reveals a secret of his own....

Will Alice have her dreams shattered and her heart broken, or can she find true happiness this summer? 

From the best-selling author of The Summer House, an utterly stunning, uplifting summer romance, about the power of friendship, discovering family secrets, and the beauty of falling in love by the sea.

©2018 Jenny Hale (P)2018 Bookouture

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  • Ruth
  • 28-06-18

unrealistic at times.

Hard to believe that a parent would allow a 5 yr old go surfing in the ocean while she watched from the porch of her home. He could disappear in a heartbeat. Negligent behavior--call child protective services.
Alice and Jack had spent time together at 15 but they did not recognize each other at 24--unbelievable.
Jack was a pediatric neurology surgeon at 24.--he would just barely be through medical school.
Millie and Jack gave up nursing and doctor careers to do seasonal restaurant work-unbelievable.
Did not see what was so wonderful about Alice that everyone would give up their usual lives to be near her. She seemed very selfish. Got tired of her telling Jack to stay away.
It was frustrating for Alice to have so many internal conversations when she was supposed to be interacting with other people.

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  • VL Garcia
  • 21-03-20

Nice story

This was a nice story, but a little unbelievable at times. I love Jenny Hale, but of the books I've listened to so far, the others have been better, more realistic. I had the ending figured out, but wasn't sure how Jenny Hale was going to get there. The narrator did a nice job telling the story. Looking forward to my next book by Jenny Hale!

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  • JoyD
  • 01-03-20

Slow start

I had to try 3-4 times to get started with this book. A bit confusing and not easy to follow. I almost gave up but even after listening again, I was backing up to find out what did I miss?
Story was ok. Character stories were believable, not far fetched.
I can’t recommend this to my friends, it just takes too long to get the start told.

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  • JEA
  • 21-02-20

Unrealistic story line

I did not finish this book. I was getting so frustrated with the premise of this book that I just couldn't finish it. Alice, the main character, wanted everybody to love her and change her life for her including a man she supposedly loved who was the head of neurosurgery had a big hospital in Chicago. why would she ask him to do that? No woman in their right mind would ask a man to do this especially if she loved him.

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  • Betsy
  • 01-05-19

Beautiful Story

Beautifully written and narrated. I feel in love with the characters and the setting. Can’t wait for more books written by her.

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  • Denise Brown
  • 25-08-18

far fetched story

Sweet love story with happy ending. Found the main character to be whiny. Based in a small town yet sister didnt know what happened to the man that owned the bike shop.....?? do you go all that way and not ask? Would the world class doctor really walk away??