A perfect summer cocktail of sex, sun and scandal. An accomplished glassblower, Claire Danner Crispin set aside her work to raise her children. Indeed, for most of her life Claire has followed the rules and been a reliable friend, wife and mother. Wealthy Lock Dixon personally asks Claire to contribute her time and talents. Claire says yes.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Claire Danner Crispin, mother of four young children and nationally renowned glassblower, bites off more than she can chew when she agrees to co-chair a huge benefit concert on Nantucket.
Claire is asked to chair the Nantucket Children Summer Gala, at least in part, because she is the former high school sweetheart of world famous rock star, Max West. Max agrees to play the Claire Danner Crispin, mother of four young children and nationally renowned glassblower, bites off more than she can chew when she agrees to co-chair a huge benefit concert on Nantucket.
Max agrees to play the benefit and it looks like smooth sailing for Claire—until she agrees to create a "museum-quality" piece of glass for the auction, pre-emptorily offers her best friend the catering job, goes nose-to-nose with her Manhattan socialite co-chair, and begins a "good-hearted" affair with the charity's Executive Director, Lockhart Dixon.
Hearts break and emotions stretch to the point of snapping in this in-depth look at one woman's attempt to deal with loves past and present, raise a family, run a business, and pull of a charity event unlike any the island of Nantucket has ever seen. Claire discovers that doing good and being bad are not mutually exclusive—and that nothing is ever as simple as it seems.
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I felt weighed down as I read about Claire having an affair with Lock and her seeming lack of concern for how deeply it would effect her children and husband. I think I was more concerned for them than she was! Claire was characterized as the "good person," but I found it hard to see her as anything but selfish. Her husband was shown as flawed, but I saw him as the better person because despite his flaws he was a famil It's hard for me to give it more stars even though it was compelling to read.
Her husband was shown as flawed, but I saw him as the better person because despite his flaws he was a family man thru and thru who supported his family, loved his children, and thought his wife was really attractive and that to me was WAY more attractive than the namby pamby Lock.
I never did understand what was so compelling about Lock that she would risk the life she had to spend snippets of time with a guy who did not have her best interest at heart. Is this what people do in real life? I was glad when the book was done so I could quit feeling so heavy with the guilt I thought Claire should have felt. View all 11 comments. Dec 17, Jennefer rated it it was ok.
A Summer Affair was a good enough read but not one of my favorites by this author. It was a page turner but not because it was THAT GOOD but because I was apprehensive about where the story was going to go and to find out what was going to be the final outcome. I was having a hard time relating to the main character, Claire, a mother of 4 and wife to a husband that seems absolutely wonderful with his only downfall being that he watches a little too much TV rather than talk to her.
I couldn't fin A Summer Affair was a good enough read but not one of my favorites by this author. I couldn't find it in me to root for her character. I just wanted to shake her and say what are you doing you crazy woman? The affair seemed contrived and unrealistic. I found it odd that they were together for almost a year and yet her husband never got suspicious at all. The Matthew "Max" West part of the story was a sweet tribute to her childhood and first love and I did enjoy that aspect of the story also.
Overall, I wouldn't overly recommend this book. The writing was very good, but the story, not so much. Many times I finish a book wanting more, wishing that there was another book about the same characters so I can see what happens next in their lives, but with A Summer Affair I could care less I just wanted it to end. However, it did end very abruptly. I expected an epilogue or something since there were several loose ends - what happened to Gavin - did he blow the whistle on Lock?
What about Siobhan and Carter - did they work things out? I just wanted a little closure on the characters. Happy reading my friends and happiest of holidays to you all! View all 7 comments. Apr 10, Clare rated it did not like it Shelves: someone-cheats. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. What the hell!? It may be my book choices lately, but I seem to be reading way too many books where married parents have affairs.
Not only does it enrage me, but it saddens me too. Suddenly, Claire is having late night "meetings" about the auction which instead are clandestine sex-capades. Claire's husband Jason is treated with no dignity, even by the author.
We are all left wondering why Claire is married and stayed married to him, which theoretically is supposed to make the affair okay. Her lover, Lock, encourages Claire to create a beautiful museum quality piece of stained glass.
Claire gave up creating anything after she got dehydrated and delivered her son 6 weeks prematurely. Claire subsequently threw herself into mothering her other three children and worrying about her son, whom she thinks is developmentally delayed. Her guilt over her accident and her son's slow development means she has not been in her studio for 8 months. The contrast between Lock, who encourages her to create, and Jason, who puts a lock on her studio, is a cheap literary trick meant to justify the affair.
The book slowly builds up to the charity event, with some characters thrown in who don't really enhance the story Claire's best friend is the caterer, married to Claire's BIL, who has a gambling problem. The accountant is embezzling. And having Claire's high school boyfriend, who is now a superstar musician, be the headliner at the event stretches credibility, especially when he asks Claire to leave her kids and run off with him.
How did this book get published? I think what made this even more ridiculous is that the affair ends so mildly, with NO consequences, and no one finds out. Not his wife, not her husband. Lock and Claire just kind of agree to end the affair and Claire goes back to her husband, in effect saying, "Hmm. That was a nice break. View all 5 comments. Jul 19, Kyle Moore rated it did not like it. Speaking of trainwrecks When I first saw the cover of the book, I assumed it was going to be some innocent summer romance, but no.
This was anything but, and halfway through, I just I just could not read anymore. The main character, Claire Danner Crispin, was supposed to be a devoted Catholic Mainly because, she just slept with some random guy that she in reality barely knew, someone that was not as cool as her husband who I tho Speaking of trainwrecks Mainly because, she just slept with some random guy that she in reality barely knew, someone that was not as cool as her husband who I thought was actually a pretty good person , and didn't even try to control herself.
Another thing was for a good time in the book it was in one point of view, but then suddenly it changes to another, and then to another, and so on and so forth, creating plot lines and adding things that should never have been added. It drove me insane. So yeah So much that I stopped reading right in the middle of the story. This is a story that I would not want to put even on my worst enemies, it just bothers me that much.
A SUMMER AFFAIR
You know summer's on the way when the beachy jacket art starts showing up. Here are two by Nantucket writers set on the island, where you can't throw a lobster roll without hitting a Claire or a Clare. Nantucket glass artist Claire Danner Crispin has pieces in private collections and one in the Whitney, but is overwhelmed with the needs of her husband and four kids she gave up full-time glassblowing to take care of the family. Her troubles worsen when Daphne, a friend she'd been drinking with, is severely injured in a drunken car wreck. Claire is convinced that Daphne's husband, Lockhart, holds her responsible, so she's surprised when he asks her to co-chair a charity gala and create a new piece of glass art for auction. The plot mushrooms as Claire and Lockhart begin an affair; Claire rethinks her priorities; a slew of gala-related complications arise; and Claire's ex-boyfriend turned rock star comes into play.
A Summer Affair
Added by 38 of our members. Sheila Crispin Cook, mother of four young children and nationally renowned glassblower, bites off more than she can chew when she agrees to co-chair the Nantucket's Children Summer Gala. Sheila is asked to chair the benefit, in part, because she is the former high school sweetheart of rock star Max West. Max agrees to play the gala and it looks like smooth sailing for Sheila-until she promises a "museum-quality" piece of glass for the auction, offers her best friend the catering job, goes nose-to-nose with her Manhattan socialite co-chair, and begins a "good-hearted" affair with the charity's Executive Director, Lockhart Dixon. Hearts break and emotions are pushed to the limit in this riveting story of one woman's attempt to deal with loves past and present, family, business, and high-powered social pressures. Elin Hilderbrand's unique understanding of the joys and longings that animate women's lives will make this her newest summer bestseller. Genre: Romance.