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Early on the morning of her eleventh birthday, Daria Cato found an unexpected gift - an abandoned baby. Unable to leave the child unclaimed, the Cato family adopt Shelly, but the secrets of her birth continue to haunt Daria.Twenty years later, an old friend of Daria’s, Rory Taylor, returns to his hometown – and something precarious shifts in the community. For Rory will stEarly on the morning of her eleventh birthday, Daria Cato found an unexpected gift - an abandoned baby. Unable to leave the child unclaimed, the Cato family adopt Shelly, but the secrets of her birth continue to haunt Daria.Twenty years later, an old friend of Daria’s, Rory Taylor, returns to his hometown – and something precarious shifts in the community. For Rory will stop at nothing to uncover the mysteries of Shelly’s birth.As closely guarded secrets and sins begin to unravel, piece by piece the mystery of the summer’s child is about to be exposed. A mystery no one involved is prepared to face.A chance to uncover the secrets of her past.A truth that will change her future forever. Praise for Diane Chamberlain‘Fans of Jodi Picoult will delight in this finely tuned family drama, with beautifully drawn characters and a string of twists that will keep you guessing right up to the end.' - Stylist‘A marvellously gifted author. Every book she writes is a gem’ - Literary Times’Essential reading for Jodi Picoult fans’ - Daily Mail’So full of unexpected twists you'll find yourself wanting to finish it in one sitting. Fans of Jodi Picoult's style will love how Diane Chamberlain writes.’ - Candis...

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Summer's Child Reviews

  • Melissa
    2019-03-25 18:49

    I purchased this audiobook on as it was a special of the day and looked interesting. I had heard of Diane Chamberlain, but have never read one of her books before. After purchasing it I looked at some of my friends reviews on GoodReads, and was disappointed to see that all but one of my friends who read it gave it 2 stars or less! By that stage though, I had already started listening to it and was enjoying it, so I thought I would see how long I could hold out. Well, so glad I didn’t listen to my friends reviews! I thought it was a great book!On her 11th birthday, Daria goes out to the beach next to her home and discovers a newborn baby near some rocks by the water. When the authorities cannot find who the mother is, Daria’s family adopt the little girl and name her Shelly. Twenty years Shelly is now an adult, and has contacted a friend from Daria’s childhood, Rory Taylor. He is a TV presenter who works solving mysteries and Shelly wants him to help find her biological mother. Thus begins Rory’s investigation into what happened all those years ago, who is Shelly’s mother? And what other secrets is he going to unveil along the way?I was immediately swept in by this book. I found it to be captivating and interesting. Sure, it had some slow parts and dragged on at times, but I was quite happy going along for the ride.I found the characters to be great, they all had their secrets and it was extremely entertaining listening to it all come gradually together.The narrator wasn’t the best I had ever heard, she was slightly dull in her portrayal of the characters and overall narration, however it was still enjoyable and easy to listen to. It didn’t take much away from the story for me.The romance was sweet, and there was heaps of romantic tension! Fabulous!There were so many twists and turns and revelations, I love it when I can’t see where something is going, and when the final reveal occurred, I was a bit floored! I actually thought of one part of the correct twist towards the beginning, but dismissed my idea because there were so many other things happening to distract me. Well played Ms Chamberlain, well played.Would I recommend Summer’s Child?Yes, absolutely for any fan of sweet romances, and family secrets! I thought it was a great read and am looking forward to reading others from Diane Chamberlain. I have heard this is not one of her best so I would LOVE to see what her best is like!For more reviews check out my blogwww.booksbabiesbeing.comTwitter

  • Cheryl Pashlin
    2019-04-13 22:59

    With all due respect....what a bunch of crap. I am giving this book 3 stars as it was light and easy to read and it was not that I didn't enjoy it but what a bunch of nonsense. Everything just worked out so perfectly and the names of those beach houses drove me to the point of craziness!!I enjoyed her last book, Cee Cee Wilkes, but that one deserved a Pulitzer compared to this!! Don't let my review deter you. It is readable especially after reading a heavy duty Lionel Shriver before it. What gets me is that this has more stars on good reads than Shriver's. Goes to show you......there is no accounting for taste!!

  • Dale Harcombe
    2019-04-02 17:43

    Diane Chamberlain is a story teller and so I suspect readers will happily tend to go along with the story of 11 year old Daria Cato who found a new born baby on the beach. I know I did. With some help from the local hang gliding priest, the baby is adopted by the Cato family. They name her Michelle but she is known as Shelly. From her rescue of the baby people refer to Daria as Supergirl and she attempts to live up to their expectations. As an adult Daria takes care of Shelly after her mother dies, because she feels she need sheltering. Then comes the day Shelly enlists the help of Rory Taylor, a TV producer to try and help her uncover her mother’s identity. The people of the town and even Daria’s parents, never knew who the mother of baby Shelly was. Diane Chamberlain drops lots of red herrings throughout about who the mother is. I have enjoyed and even loved some books by this author and given some of them five stars, so I was excited to find one I haven’t read, even though it was tribally published in 2000.Despite some reservations early on, I was happy to go along with the story but by the time I got up to a bit before the hurricane I was getting fed up. It had strayed into the realms of unbelievable. The characters didn’t ring true to me and the way relationships evolved didn’t ring true to me. There are some very sudden shifts. In the end events became too farfetched and left me shaking my head and very disappointed in this one. Not even the fact that my suspicion from early on about the mother of this baby was enough to rescue this book for me. Diane Chamberlain has written lots of better books over the years since. My suggestion is read one of her others. Necessary Lies is a great one.

  • Licia
    2019-03-25 20:43

    What a weird book. I love Diane Chamberlain but this one wasn't that great. It was WAY too long first off. There were too many characters and most of them weren't needed. I did not like Grace at all. Rory was an idiot. Why would he fall for a woman who was married and wanted nothing to do with him? And he asks her back to his house and for her number immediately after meeting her. Anyone would have known her interest was in Shelley but not poor stupid Rory. He kept pining over her and just could not figure out what was wrong with her. Then he finally falls for Daria as his second best pick and that is almost immediately as well. I HATED the whole plane crash part of the story and skipped over most of it. BORING! The same goes for Rory and Zack's relationship and the storm. WHO CARES?! Get on on with it. It drug out for over 400 pages and all I wanted to know was who Shelley's parents were and what the extra thing Daria saw on the beach was. A necklace??? Really??? I also hated the houses being referred to as names. Sea Shanty is okay but Poll-Rory. What a dumb name. Then we FINALLY find out who the father of the baby is. We are supposed to believe it was a 14 year old boy??? Seriously??? With the best looking girl who is 3 years older than him? Not likely. I did like the majority of the beginning of this book with Daria and Shelley but the rest was boring and had no place in the story.

  • Heidi
    2019-03-27 18:44

    When she was 11, Daria found a newborn baby girl lying on the beach and saved her life. Despite efforts by law enforcement to identify the mother (with suspicions cast on every teenage girl in their small cul-de-sac), the mother was never found and Daria's family subsequently adopted the baby, who they named Shelly. Later as an adult, Shelly became curious about her roots and asked an old family friend, Rory, to try to find out who her mother was.The book was light and fluffy. Even though there were serious issues (in addition to Shelly's parenthood, the book dealt with marital problems, death of a child, debilitating mental and physical illnesses, suicide, and other assorted soul-searching situations), they were all dealt with by happy, well-adjusted people who found happily-ever-after in the end.It wasn't like I was looking for an Oprah book with lots of angst and worry and tears, but when a character kills himself and another character says, "Oh, that might have been my fault," I expect a little more than a single quick soul-searching conversation and then bright sunshine the next day. Otherwise, why have the character kill himself? Same with the other situations: if there's 300 pages of serious marriage drama, I don't really expect it to go away in a single two-page conversation. And Shelly: "Oh, so you're the one who left me on a beach to die. Oh well, what's for dinner?"But I guess if you're looking for a heartwarming, slightly unbelievable novel that brushes over tough issues without any depth (BEACH BOOK), this is the one. All the characters were likable, if two-dimensional. And everyone got a happy ending (except the suicidal one).

  • Rhonda Rae Baker
    2019-04-06 22:58

    This was a beautiful story of love and hope with many secrets and past events unfolding. I was attracted to the novel because of the premise of a child that was found...but what I found were so many different angles that related to my own story. Obviously, when a reader identifies with the characters there can be some interesting things happen. What surprised me was the fact that this novel helped me deal with some losses that I had and for even the curious question as to why my birth mother would give me way. Going into this story, I had hoped to find some kind of resolution but when it was all said and done, Diane had addressed two things that happened to me when I was a teenager. She paintes such beautiful characters that I could see myself in several of them. There came a place that I was so wrapped up with what was going on that I didn't see it coming but Diane spoke directly to me through her character. I started weeping and felt a healing balm touch my soul. That was it...I sobbed and took a deep breath...allowed the doubts to surface and strength take it's place. What a beautiful novel with multiple messages! I don't want to give you details so the story isn't spoiled for you. All I can say is that I'm confident that every woman reading this will find something she relates to and it is such a beautiful story, I would venture to say that you will want to get your friends and family to read it as well. After reading this, I spoke with my daughters about some things that happened to me when I was a teenager...some they knew and some I didn't even know until I read this novel. Whew...I've GOT to read it again. I read it a month ago and have pondered writing a review. So now, I think that I'll just have to read it again and then update this review...there is SO much in this story...I love Diane...she is a beautiful and talented author!!!!

  • Ruth
    2019-04-11 17:37

    Chamberlain never seems to disappoint with her novels. In this story, Daria is out walking on the beach checking for shells. She idly turns over a horseshoe crab she'll and finds a baby. Her parents adopted the little girl but Daria always felt like her caretaker since she had found her and when both her parents died, she continued to take responsibility for Shelly's well-being since she is developmentally slow. Years later, Rory Taylor shows up in his family's cottage which he has not been to since he was a teen. He is now the host of a show called True Life Stories where he tries to solve real life mysteries. Shelly has written to him asking him to try to find her birth mother. Daria is very concerned when she learns that Shelly has done this. Everyone in the family is angry at Rory because they feel that to benefit his show he might end up exposing information that might best be left unknown. As the story unravels, we find more twists and turns than we could imagine. We discover just how twisted life can be and just when we think we know the answer and are waiting to see how it plays out, we take yet another turn. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good read.

  • Jodi
    2019-04-05 23:45

    I couldn't put this book down and read it in a day. I liked it instantly and enjoyed the characters. Everytime I thought I had the "who done it" figured out, the book twisted on me again. I definitely did not predict the ending at all which was great because I hate when books are predictable. This is my 2nd book by this author, but I definitely preferred this book to the other.

  • ❤Marie Gentilcore
    2019-04-24 01:37

    This was good and got even better at the end. I wasn't able to guess who left their newly born baby girl on the beach that night so I was happy that it stayed a mystery and that when it was revealed it made sense.

  • Mel
    2019-04-22 18:39

    For the most part, this was an enjoyable read. The story centers on discovering a girl's parentage after she was abandoned as a baby and the lives of her adopted sisters. While the cover of the book proclaims Chamberlain as a "Southern Jodi Picoult", I am not certain I would agree wholeheartedly. I did, however, very much appreciate the idea that Shelly, the grown-up abandoned baby, expresses throughout the novel: that as an adopted child, it wasn't that she felt her adopted family was bad or lacking in any way, but she did desire to know who her parents were, which is why she sets out to discover who they are. Because of the story line in the novel, there are several teen pregnancies discussed as well as a couple other relationships; therefore, there's some content that would be objectionable. While I liked the main characters, I don't know that I would agree with their life choices at all times, especially in the case of the nun in the novel--another content issue there. All in all, I found myself drawn in to the book, interested to see where it would go and how the mystery of who Shelley's parents were would be explained--Chamberlain does craft that aspect well, leaving the reader guessing until the moment that it's revealed, but would I read it again? Not necessarily.

  • Elaine
    2019-04-14 01:51

    I have a huge soft spot for Diane Chamberlain’s books and I have to say that this is my favourite read of hers so far. I love books that are family orientated with a dash of mystery and romance and I especially like how the author combines all of these factors to produce something that is so enjoyable to read, yet all feels so natural – the romance element never feels as if it is “tacked onto” the main part of the story.Twenty two years ago, eleven year old Daria found a baby on the beach, Shelly, who was adopted by her family and brought up as one of their own. Now, Shelly has contacted old neighbour, Rory Taylor, presenter of True Life Stories, and asked him to investigate on her behalf, and see if he can find out who her mother was. Rory returns to do just this, but it seems that not everyone wants him to get to the bottom of things.It is a really good read that you can get lost in, a saga that flows off the page with characters that you really get to like and want everything to work out for them. Halfway through the read the penny drops and you begin to start piecing the puzzle of Shelly’s birth together but, even then, the author still has some surprises up her sleeve at the end of the book. It is a story of family, love, passion and drama and there are some long hidden secrets that emerge throughout the book. A fantastic read.

  • Nicole
    2019-04-15 01:33

    I was reading this book, thinking okay 4.5 stars. It was going the direction I was expecting, I was like this is so predictable. Then Diane Chamberlain got me again. She always tricks me with her twists!!!

  • Allison
    2019-04-09 18:53

    Oh wow, this was a massive disappointment. A few years ago I read, and absolutely loved, The Midwife's Confession, and ever since have been waiting for a chance to read another of Diane Chamberlain's book. There's no doubt that Chamberlain is a good story teller -- her narrative is totally plot-driven, and I'm okay with that, of course, when it works. I've got time now and then for a book that feels like a Hollywood movie. I do.The major reasons that I struggled with this one was the total unrealistic characters (shallow, boring, cookie-cutter, sterotypical *American* -- models, football players, celebrities -- ugh), and how it felt that the author was just filling up the pages to get to what was, for me, a very predicable ending. It felt like she didn't care about the book because she knows millions will buy her book just for the name on the cover. I mean, I read it for this reason, didn't I?But this book wasn't creative in any way, and that let me down. I kept going because it was a story, and I was waiting for a fantastic twist like in The Midwife's Confession. Alas, it never came, and I'm left feeling very flat. Plus, how many times can I read in one book, the phrase "sun swept hair"? Could this be just a dud? Should I keep going with this author? I get so bored of cookie-cutter, outrageously American-touting-isms that feel like they were written just to be a movie with skinny actresses with wispy voices, alongside tanned muscle men with tousled hair and a career in athletics. Come on... I'm so disappointed in this one.

  • Cardmaker
    2019-03-24 23:29

    I just realized after I finished this book that I've read one of Diane Chamberlain's books earlier this Summer. I liked it a lot too. Looks like I have a new author. I like that her books are set on the Outer Banks in North Carolina because I vacationed there for two weeks a few years back and loved the place. It's always nice to read books that are set in places that I'm familiar with.This book is about a newborn baby found on a beach by an 11 year old girl one Summer 22 years ago. The story quickly switches to present day. The family of the 11 year old adopts the baby but she's always wondered about her real parents and why her mother left her on the beach. She writes to the producer of a TV show who looks into mysteries and asks him to do a show on her and see if he can find out who her parents are.The story is well written and kept my attention because there was a lot going on in it over and above the "baby's" story.

  • Laurie
    2019-03-25 18:33

    Another great suspense read from Diane Chamberlain. The description made me feel as if I was there. Well done!

  • Beth Lee
    2019-04-08 18:58

    A sweet book with a HEA ending. I had a 13 hour drive and this was perfect. Just the right amount of mystery, romance and family relationship interaction to keep me driving!

  • Boundless Book Reviews
    2019-04-07 23:44

    I absolutely LOVED Summer’s Child! A great listen (or read). The suspense kept me guessing and then what an amazing twist at the end! The characters were well developed. I wanted to hug them one minute and slap them the next on quite a few occasions. The storyline was amazingly creative and 0I love how the characters came together in the end. The imagery was wonderful; I want to live in the outer banks now! Overall; Summer’s Child is an easy 5 stars. I highly recommend it and definitely plan to read it again!http://www.boundlessbookreviews.com

  • Claire
    2019-04-05 01:42

    Very impressed with the sparse use of cliches and the twisty turn of events. I told my husband about the opening chapter & he was gripped as well lol. A change of pace for me as I don't read this genre very often but highly readable and quick to finish.

  • JoAnn Hoefler
    2019-04-06 22:34

    One of the best books I have read. It captivated me from beginning to end!!!!

  • Sharon
    2019-03-24 22:36

    This is a perfect beach or holiday read. It was published back in 2000 but had a re-release in 2010. I found it on the Amazon Kindle charts for less than a pound, so that's why I got it. On the morning of her 11th birthday, Daria Cato finds a newborn baby on the beach. She takes her home and with a little help, her parents adopt the baby and call her Shelly. 22 years later, Shelly writes a letter to Rory Taylor, who used to live near the Catos but is now a successful TV host. He specialises in True Life Stories, and Shelly wants him to find out about her birth mother. Rory agrees, and comes back to Kill Devil Hills (yes, that's the name of the place) along with his teenage son for the summer to do a little digging and find out who left Shelly on the beach all those years ago.By the start of chapter 20, Rory still hadn't done any major investigation into Shelly's birth mother. Instead, all his attention was focused on mysterious Grace, who is obviously only interested in finding out about Shelly, but to borrow from Judy Blume, he's too busy thinking with his Ralph to realise that Grace is not there to sunbathe with him and stroke his ego (or anything else belonging to him). Throw in a suicide, a storm, a back story involving Daria and her unwillingness to do the job she loves, a big accident, a couple of broken hearts, lots of secrets, and you get a pretty easy read.I got sick of it about 150 pages in when there were still no real developments in the Shelly case. Some things really, really annoyed me too - Polly (Rory's sister) who had Down's Syndrome was referred to twice by locals as "retarded" - the use of that word makes my skin crawl and I don't think it should have been left in there. Also, it's stated more than once that Shelly suffered minor brain damage as a result of being neglected at birth - this causes her to act more childlike and speak without a filter. Only - she is perfectly capable of concealing information when the plot calls for it, such as her friendship with one of the men, her discussions with the Priest, and Daria's feelings. So which is it, does she have a filter or not?!?!Grace's story was purely there to throw the reader off the scent but one sentence from another character about a secret night up in the dunes made it immediately clear to me who Shelly's parents were. I also didn't like that when Grace was in a particularly emotional and difficult situation, the Nurse chose that exact moment to convince her to make a decision that would affect the rest of her life, despite only knowing her a few weeks. Considering how long and drawn out the rest of the book was, the actual resolution of both Grace and Shelly's situations were rushed.As for the reaction of the father - he completely took it in his stride, as did his girlfriend. Ridiculous. There wasn't even a conversation between the two of them about it, about how either of them felt or how they were going to deal with the realisation that he was Shelly's father. MAJOR SPOILERS: (view spoiler)[ I mean, come on. The boy you've had a crush on forever sleeps with your sister when he's 14, fathers a child with her, she conceals it, joins a convent, screws the Priest who then feels so guilty that he tops himself, but it's all okay?!!!! (hide spoiler)] Having just finished Jodi Picoult's "The Storyteller", I think comparisons to Picoult are both inaccurate and insulting.Altogether I wouldn't bother reading it again, and if someone had put a spoiler up I probably wouldn't have finished it. Fluff. Bring it on holidays and leave it on the beach!

  • Valerie Jaafari
    2019-03-28 20:40

    During their teenage hood , Daria , her sister Chloé , her cousin , and the neighbors Rory , Linda , Cindy and others used to spend their summer holidays in Kill Devil Hills near the seaside. One day, after a huge storm Daria,11 years old, found a newborn on the sea side on the morning. She brought her back home . Her parents took great care of her and adopted her as Shelly .Twenty two years letter, Shelly, Daria and Chloé are still living at shanky house. Shelly who is suffering from seizures is a housekeeper at the local church ; Daria is a carpenter and Chloé is a teacher and a nun . Shelly is morally very fragile and Daria overprotects her.Rory who works for the television (true life stories program) in California decides to go back to Kill Devil Hills for the summer with his son Jack .He is recently divorced .He has received a letter from Shelly asking him to find her parents again.When Daria and Chloé knows why he is back they are very reluctant to see him again .Grace, on her side, lives with her husband Eddie and has seen that Rory is back to found the parents of Shelly, and, Grace will try to enter in Shelly ‘s life . But why ?Will Rory will succeed in finding the truth about this morning where this child has been left on the beach ? Will this secret will be discovered? Will Shelly will find out who are her parents without being hurt ?Why grace truly wants to intrude herself in Shelly’s life ?I really enjoyed seing the story going by and how Rory is investigating around the cul de sac where they all used to live . I also loved to see how Rory will take care of not hurting Shelly with his results and will promise Daria not to tell her if it will be hurtful The book was easy and nice to read . I truly love the ending of the story quite unespected, but a lovely ending .The character I enjoy the most was Shelly so fragile so openhearted to everyone . She tries to be kind with everyone and she knows everyone where she lived . She also meet the summer holidays residents . My second favorite character Is Daria : she has taken care of Shelly since she found her and she lives with the necessity of Shelly life ; Shelly can’t be living away from where she has been found so Daria sacrified her love life to stay with her sister ..

  • TamElaine
    2019-04-16 19:48

    Kobo Glo: $79 on sale at ChaptersE-book: $12.99Finding Diane Chamberlain Books I haven’t read yet and thought they were under cover of titles I already read: PricelessPure excitement to realize that “Summer’s Child” was not one of her books I’d already read by another title (Actually I discovered 3 more when I was looking over a list and comparing titles and summaries...I still have Fire and Rain to read, Brass Ring and The Lies We Told....hopefully these will keep me satisfied until her new book comes out later this year)....and then to read the first few beautiful sentences was like slipping between freshly cleaned, outdoor-clothesline-dried and pressed sheets...Ahhhhh! I wish I could tell you what it is that sets Diane’s writing style out from all the rest – but when I sink into her books, I know it’s going to be a good one from the first page.Diane’s characters come alive and walk right off the pages of her books and into my head...Diane’s passion for creating them shows in her writing....they are 6 dimensional humans shaped by their pasts and their hopes and dreams, complete with fears, passions, philosophies, and so much more. Shelly reminds me so much of my oldest daughter – it’s the vulnerability that is the toughest part of her, like Shelly – and so I connected not only with her, but with Daria, and the responsibility and compassion she felt in this regard....I also understood Daria being choosy on what she could and couldn’t say to and in front of Shelly, for fear that Shelly may repeat it inappropriately, or perhaps even misinterpret.And Diane is the expert at dropping subtle hints, letting you work things out and revealing secrets at exactly the perfect point in the story....and while Diane’s books are all about secrets, she never seems to run out of them or repeat them....Beautiful story from beginning to end – held my attention – and while I had some minor suspicion, it definitely had twists I didn’t see coming.

  • Cheryl M-M
    2019-04-13 00:34

    Chamberlain has a really interesting way of lacing her stories with a subtle layer of moral issues. She creates intricate and often dysfunctional family structures, as families often are, and then throws a thinly veiled blanket of questions over the top.There are plenty of preconceived notions about women, sexuality and motherhood in this story. Including a lot of stereotypical answers, views and opinions on the those topics. Often quite negative, which I think the author has done on purpose to jar the reader into a reaction. For instance judging a girl or woman on the clothes or lack of clothes they wear. Shows a lot of skin, ergo must be a tramp. A baby has been dumped, it must be a woman who sleeps around and lacks morals. It can't be a so-called good girl.Then the other, just as sensitive topic, the way people with learning disabilities, lower IQ's and diminished mental capacities are judged, treated and cared for by society and their families. The author also shows what it is like on the other side of the fence. How the actual person with the disability or low IQ reacts and feels. How hard it is to be treated like a child, despite technically being an adult and having your own needs, wants and wishes. This is what life is like for Shelly, and yet she personally has no real perception of her lack of common sense in certain situations. That doesn't stop her from wanting the same things as other women her age.It also approaches the topic of whether or not knowing the truth is always the best option for everyone.Summer's Child is a story about family and the roles within those structures. The responsibilities we feel have been placed upon us by previous generations and society. It is heartwarming and it also invites the reader to ponder while they enjoy the read.I received a copy of this book courtesy of Harlequin UK and MIRA.

  • Beckey
    2019-04-15 22:50

    Wow. I don't know if I love or hate Diane Chamberlain for writing such a book. I thought I had if figured out, but then, there's a twist! And then another! And another!! I cried when I finished. I loved the Cato family (except maybe Ellen and Chloe) Daria and Shelly are wonderful characters. Daria is amazingly complex, I loved the way she was struggling with so many personal issues, but gave her sisters her everything. She is not selfish one bit. Unlike her sister Sister Chloe (see what I did there? heehee) who I thought seemed self absorbed, even before we got to know here better. Shelly is a gem. She's special needs (I did have a little trouble with the word "retarded" showing up alot in my opinion-I hate that word), but like many special needs people I know, she is simple, maybe a little slower, but often the happiest, most giving member of the group. Ms. Chamberlain described her perfectly. The members of the cul-de-sac are fantastic. I loved that they all were quirky in some way and were not simply "filler" characters. There was developement made on each of the homes in the neighborhood. Rory, oh Rory. In my mind he is just amazing (physically). I know he is amazing in all other aspects-Diane made him that way. There's enough of a love story here that I've fallen in love with Rory Taylor (who in my mind looks like a young Paul Newman/Robert Redford combo). :) Everyone should read this book right now.

  • Arlene Hayman
    2019-04-17 21:54

    After completing Summer’s Child by Diane Chamberlain, I’m not sure how I actually feel about this story. On so many levels, I thought it was terribly contrived in the twists and turns that the author presented, almost to the point of my feeling annoyed by the author’s manipulation throughout the novel. Needless to say, I did not anticipate the resolution to the story, and by then, I was slightly fed up by the dysfunctional group of characters and the choices that they made. I’m sure that this scenario could indeed be reality to some families, but as far as I was concerned, I thought that the author got carried away in trying to lead the reader astray. Nevertheless, I will say that Diane Chamberlain continues to present an enticing story that captivates the reader throughout. She is a master storyteller who certainly knows how to weave an interesting tale. As I read this book, I recalled a previous phone conversation that our book club held with her. During the conversation she stated that she used a storyboard to map out her novels prior to writing. Upon reading Summer’s Child, I could not help but whimsically imagine the complexity of such a storyboard for this particular novel.

  • Suzanne Crane
    2019-04-13 01:54

    This is a quick and fun indulgence where you can enjoy the summer at Killdevil Hills in the Outer Banks. Here's where we find an old mystery of secrets unfolding before our very eyes. Just who was it that left that newborn baby on the beach to die 20+ years ago? Why would a superstar EMT stay rooted in her seat and refuse to assist while a life threatening situation unfolds down the street? Why is a television celebrity so attracted to those who need rescuing? What madness could possess a person to ride out a major hurricane during a required evacuation? Who is the mystery woman with pale skin and why is nobody concerned about her unusual interest in the grown-up beach baby? Exactly how are these stories the least bit related? As layer upon layer of subterfuge gets peeled away, we finally figure out the truth in a heated end-of summer beach bonfire that quickly turns tragic. Can anyone save the day when everyone needs rescuing? Indeed, this was a good read, although I will admit that I rounded up my rating so you might actually read it! Enjoy!

  • Leona
    2019-03-30 17:55

    When 11 year old Daria Cato finds a baby girl on the beach she takes it home to her mother and with the help of a local priest the Cato family adopt the baby. Moving on 20 years Darias parents have died and Daria is now responsible for Shelly. Shelley wants to find out who her real mother is and without telling anyone she contacts well known tv personality Rory Taylor and asks him to help her find her mother. Rory has an interest in this as he lived where Shelley lives and knows the family. Rory and his son Zack go to Kill Devil Hills where Shelley and Daria live and spend the summer there. During this time Rory hopes to help Shelley find her mother and do a tv programme about it.This was an excellent book and one I found easy to read but very enjoyable and interesting. Five stars from me.

  • Erin
    2019-04-20 17:32

    At the age of 11, Daria Cato found an abandoned newborn on the beach in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. Summer's Child picks up twenty years later, after the death of Daria's parents. Daria has essentially taken on responsibility for Shelly, who is now a mature (though slightly handicapped) young woman. In an effort to discover who her real parents are, Shelly contacts Rory Taylor, a former neighbor who now hosts TV's True Life Stories. Rory is more than happy to help - he was one of the teenagers hanging around the beach the summer Shelly was found.Daria is shocked to see Rory again, as she's been hiding a crush on him for a number of years. She's not comfortable with the idea of Rory digging in to Shelly's past...perhaps she knows more about it than she is letting on.Another good read from Diane Chamberlain.

  • Sherri
    2019-04-23 22:33

    This was not one of my favorite books by Diane Chamberlain. This story seemed to fall a little flat in the character development - and the characters took actions that were not even in the realm with their characters. I also thought the ending was stretching the realms of believability - which is unusual with her stories. As to the story itself, the main character, Daria, found an abandoned newborn baby on the beach by their summer house. Her family adopted the baby, and 22 years later, the baby (Shelly) has decided that she wants to try to solve the mystery surrounding her mother. Secrets thought buried are uncovered and Daria is forced to re-examine serious aspects of the people that she loved in her family and friends.

  • Trudy
    2019-03-24 21:39

    Well, I finished and there were three problems for me here. First of all, this book is about secrets, secrets, and more secrets. It seems as if all of the characters are hiding something and this became a little annoying to me. Secondly, for my taste, the narration was whiny and unbelievable. The third issue is the use of the words " mentally retarded" , which I find extremely offensive. On the positive side, however, the story did keep me engaged and wanting resolution. Also, I was in the mood for a lite read which took me to the beach. It definitely delivered here. I could almost smell the sand and sea.