Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE SUMMER PLACE by Jennifer Weiner


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE SUMMER PLACE by Jennifer Weiner. I’m kind of laughing at myself right now because I just wrote on Sam’s discussion post about pandemic books last week that I was not ready to read any books set during our current pandemic.  Well, that was before I heard that Jennifer Weiner has a new book coming out this spring that is, according to the blurb, set during the pandemic.  It’s Jennifer Weiner though so it’s irresistible to me, especially when I read that it’s about family, secrets, and the ties that bind, and that’s it set in Cape Cod.

THE SUMMER PLACE by Jennifer Weiner

Publication Date:  May 10, 2022 by Atria Books

From Goodreads:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of That Summer comes another heartfelt and unputdownable novel of family, secrets, and the ties that bind.

When her twenty-two-year-old stepdaughter announces her engagement to her pandemic boyfriend, Sarah Danhauser is shocked. But the wheels are in motion. Headstrong Ruby has already set a date (just three months away!) and spoken to her beloved safta, Sarah’s mother Veronica, about having the wedding at the family’s beach house in Cape Cod. Sarah might be worried, but Veronica is thrilled to be bringing the family together one last time before putting the big house on the market.

But the road to a wedding day usually comes with a few bumps. Ruby has always known exactly what she wants, but as the wedding date approaches, she finds herself grappling with the wounds left by the mother who walked out when she was a baby. Veronica ends up facing unexpected news, thanks to her meddling sister, and must revisit the choices she made long ago, when she was a bestselling novelist with a different life. Sarah’s twin brother, Sam, is recovering from a terrible loss, and confronting big questions about who he is—questions he hopes to resolve during his stay on the Cape. Sarah’s husband, Eli, who’s been inexplicably distant during the pandemic, confronts the consequences of a long ago lapse from his typical good-guy behavior. And Sarah, frustrated by her husband, concerned about her stepdaughter, and worn out by challenges of life during quarantine, faces the alluring reappearance of someone from her past and a life that could have been.

When the wedding day arrives, lovers are revealed as their true selves, misunderstandings take on a life of their own, and secrets come to light. There are confrontations and revelations that will touch each member of the extended family, ensuring that nothing will ever be the same.

From “the undisputed boss of the beach read” (The New York Times), The Summer Place is a testament to family in all its messy glory; a story about what we sacrifice and how we forgive. Enthralling, witty, big-hearted, and sharply observed, this is Jennifer Weiner’s love letter to the Outer Cape and the power of home, the way our lives are enriched by the people we call family, and the endless ways love can surprise us.


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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

24 replies
  1. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    I have read several Weiner books, and enjoyed them all, but was most struck by how varied they were. “Pandemic boyfriend” — oh, boy!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I agree. The earlier books of hers I’ve read were mostly fluffy chick lit, but her more recent ones have been a lot less fluffy but still fantastic reads.

  2. verushka
    verushka says:

    I think this might be the first book I’ve seen where the pandemic is mentioned as a ‘part of life’ and not the entire novel revolving around it — not from the blurb at any rate. I hope you enjoy it Suzanne — as a beach read,dealing with the pandemic and lots of other family issues — this actually sounds like a good way to relax!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, it definitely seems like more of a background element here, which is good because I’m not ready to read books where COVID is the focus.

  3. trin carl
    trin carl says:

    I would be nervous about writing anything pandemic related but I have thought seriously about writing about the virtual world since the pandemic. We are entering different worlds of writing now-a-days and its okay to lean in.

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