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Summer's Child

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Early on the morning of her eleventh birthday, on the beach beside her North Carolina home, Daria Cato receives an unbelievable gift from the sea—an abandoned newborn baby. When the infant's identity cannot be uncovered, she is adopted by Daria's loving family. But her silent secrets continue to haunt Daria.

Now, twenty years later, Shelly has grown into an unusual, ethereal young woman whom Daria continues to protect. But when Rory Taylor, a friend from Daria's childhood and now a television producer, returns at Shelly's request to do a story about the circumstances surrounding her birth, something precarious shifts in the small town of Kill Devil Hills.

The more questions Rory asks, the more unsettled the tiny community becomes, as closely guarded secrets and the sins of that long-ago summer begin to surface. Piece by piece, the mystery of summer's child is being exposed, a mystery that no one involved—not Shelly, Daria, not even Rory—is prepared to face.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 03, 2000 – Twenty years after 11-year-old Daria Cato found a baby abandoned on a beach in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., she is still very much a part of the child's life. Daria's parent's had adopted the infant, but now they are dead and she has accepted responsibility for Shelly--who has grown into a beautiful, slightly handicapped young woman. Without consulting Daria, Shelly contacts Rory Taylor, host of TV's True Life Stories, to ask his help in finding her birth mother. Rory has a personal interest in Shelly's story since he'd been one of the many teenagers hanging out on the beach the summer the baby was found. Daria, meanwhile, has been keeping to herself the crush she's had on Rory for years--along with Shelly's true story. Here, as in previous offerings, Chamberlain (Breaking the Silence) creates a captivating tale populated with haunting characters.

Customer Reviews

Great twist!

I really like the story and the twist and for that I would have given the book 5 stars! I'm only giving it 4 because of a few really ugly bad words and a few explicit sex paragraphs. Neither were needed to enhance the story at the time and were very unnecessary. The author needs to rethink using those and just have a good clean book! I'm not going to purchase another book from the author because of those issues and it's a shame because I really did like the book!

This is a simple book....

....but after a slow start, I found it more & more engaging. I've read and enjoyed this author's books and I would recommend it to people who enjoy this genre. If you, somehow, don't enjoy it, look me up and I'll give you five bucks😉

Summer's Child

Growing up I too spent every summer on the Outer Banks and so did the generation before me, so I was initially attracted to the book based upon the setting of the story. I feel that the book brought in too many smaller plots and mysteries, toward the end I was tired of all the "secrets", but overall it was a good story. I would recommend this book as a summer time read, easily read in a couple of days.

Summer's Child
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  • $4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Aug 15, 2012
  • Publisher: MIRA Books
  • Seller: Harlequin Digital Sales Corporation
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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