The Summer House [Book Review]

June 2, 2020

The Summer House by Lauren K Denton

The Summer House by Lauren K Denton (cover) Image: a blue wooden swing on a wide white porch

Genre/Categories: Light Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Southern Fiction, Uplit, Divorce

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My Summary:

Thanks, @thomasnelson #netgalley for the complimentary e copy of #thesummerhouse. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

From the author of Hurricane Season and Glory Road…

Lily is devastated to find a goodbye note and signed divorce papers on the kitchen table when she awakens. Before her brief marriage, she was a hairstylist, and she contemplates the possibility of leveraging this skill to make a fresh start. By chance, she notices a flyer advertising the need for a hairstylist in a nearby retirement community. Desperate for a job, she makes the call and shows up for the interview and also negotiates for the apartment above the salon.

My Thoughts:

Second chances….

Up Lit: If you’ve heard the term “Up Lit,” The Summer House fits nicely into this categorization. I think of Up Lit as a heartwarming story with hopeful elements. Up Lit doesn’t avoid life’s difficult issues but the story is generally uplifting. My friend Lynne at Fictionophile defines and discusses Up Lit in this post.

A Fan: If you are a fan of Lauren K Denton, you might be familiar with Hurricane Season or Glory Road (a favorite!). Denton’s books fall into the Southern Fiction sub genre and certainly in the Up Lit category. If you’re looking for an uplifting and heartfelt story filled with likable characters and elements of hope, you will enjoy her stories.

A Variety of Characters: In The Summer House, I especially love the variety of characters including many of retirement age. I appreciate the multi-generational cast of characters. And yes, there’s a romance or two brewing!

Themes: Poignant themes in The Summer House include second chances, friendship, taking risks, starting over, and women supporting women.

Recommended: The Summer House is recommended for Denton fans, for readers who appreciate uplifting and heartfelt stories, for those looking for lighter women’s fiction, and for book clubs looking for a gentle and heartwarming read.

Related: Glory Road by Lauren K Denton

My Rating: 3.5 Stars (rounded up to 4)

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The Summer House (cover) Image: blue wooden porch swing on a wide white porch

The Summer House Information

Meet the Author, Lauren K Denton

Author Lauren K Denton

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren now lives with her husband and two daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. In addition to her fiction, she writes a monthly newspaper column about life, faith, and how funny (and hard) it is to be a parent. On any given day, she’d rather be at the beach with her family and a stack of books. Her debut novel, THE HIDEAWAY, was a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon Charts bestseller. HURRICANE SEASON, released in spring of 2018, is a USA Today bestseller. GLORY ROAD was chosen as one of Southern Living’s Top 25 Beach Reads. THE SUMMER HOUSE releases June 2, 2020.


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