The Shore House by Heidi Hostetter

I’m delighted to be part of the books on tour today for this wonderful book. Thanks so much to Bookouture for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

When the Bennett family arrive at the shore house to spend the summer together, they bring more baggage than just suitcases…
When Kaye Bennett, matriarch of the Bennett family, summons her adult children to the shore house, she anticipates a vacation full of nostalgia. It’s a chance to relive the carefree joy of summers past: basking in the hot sun, cooling off in the surf and enjoying long, relaxing evenings watching fireflies on the deck. But when Kaye’s son and daughter arrive, late and uncooperative, it becomes clear the family desperately need to reconnect.
Kaye and her daughter Stacy have been quietly at odds for years and resentment has grown around words unsaid. Faced with spending the summer months in such close quarters, Kaye is determined to remind Stacy of happier times and why she once loved their beautiful beachside home.

But both Kaye and Stacy are holding something back. And only when a heart-stopping accident on the beach puts what Stacy most loves at risk are the two women finally able to set free the secrets in their shared past.
Will opening up to each other about what’s in their hearts allow the Bennett family to finally heal? A story of love, forgiveness and the power of family bonds, The Shore House is a heartfelt summer read, perfect for fans of Elin Hilderbrand, Pamela Kelley and Nancy Thayer.

My Review:

This is an absolute pleasure of a book to read. It’s like having a holiday without actually going anywhere.

This book is perfection in book form. It’s got characters that are so real that you feel like you’re part of the family. The imagery and descriptions are so authentic. You can feel the breeze, experience the sights and sounds and even the smells in Dewberry Beach. It’s a book that totally transports you into the place and the story.

Kaye, the matriarch of the family, I wasn’t sure about at the start. She seems to be very controlling of all aspects of her family’s lives. But when I got to know her better, I realised that she has their best interests at heart, and that she just really wants this summer to go well.

Stacey, her daughter, I liked straight away, along with Ryan, her husband.

Everyone goes through a lot of changes during the summer. I’m really pleased to see that this is to be the first of a series. I can’t wait to return to Dewberry Beach.

Can’t recommend this book highly enough. Evocative, engaging and so enjoyable, I was sorry when it had to come to an end.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

About the Author:

Heidi Hostetter grew up in New Jersey and spent summers at her grandparents’ house on the shore. Every magical thing was there, from sparklers and fireflies at night to whole days spent swimming in the ocean and exploring tide pools. She and her family have recently moved back to the DC-area and live in a one hundred-year-old house that’s definitely haunted.

When she’s not writing – or reading – you can probably find her digging in her garden, ripping back a knitting project, or burning dinner. Her writing partner, a labradoodle named Emmett shares her office, keeping a careful watch for errant squirrels and neighborhood shenanigans.

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