Summer Shift

Summer Shift Review

Forty-four-year-old Cape Cod clam bar owner Mary Hopkins is stuck in the cycle of her seasonal business; overwhelmed by the relentless influx of new names and fresh young faces, she feels as if life is passing her by.

In the first days of the summer season, a young waitress's tragic accident stirs up unresolved pain from Mary's past, leaving her longing for connection. At the same time, Mary's life is further upended as she begins to suspect her beloved great-aunt, the one person in the world who loves her unconditionally, is descending into Alzheimer's disease. Then, in walks Dan, a lost love perhaps the greatest of her life returning to the Cape after disappearing years before without an explanation. As Mary faces these challenges and losses, it's her rekindled romance with Dan and her burgeoning unlikely friendships with a warm, eccentric collection of local characters that keep her afloat.

Set against the backdrop of Cape Cod sand, sun, and seafood, Summer Shift is the story of a woman's struggle to find the peace, love, and human connection that have eluded her for decades.

Title:Summer Shift
Edition Language:English

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  • Kelly

    While I really did like the story line & the setting I had a hard time liking the main character. I totally get why she was the way she was it was still hard to feel compassion amid her selfishness & ...

  • Lynn

    Not a bad summer read. Mary is a widowed Cape Cod restaurateur who runs a place called The Clambake, mostly with the help of college kids and young locals. When one of her waitresses is killed in a ca...

  • Diane Eskridge

    This book was an easy read. I think the takeaway from the book is the underlying message that sometimes we get caught up in life and forget to appreciate the people we interact with on a daily basis. ...

  • Ange H

    I had a lot of problems with this book. Mary is a hard character to like. She's mostly a bummer, with lots of real problems, but some of them seem to be self-inflicted. She's like a slightly-less- cra...

  • Sandy

    A forty something restaurant owner mourning the loss of her husband, the return of an old lover, the lives of the restaurant workers, and a great-aunt with Alzheimer’s kept me interested from beginn...

  • Susan Marshall

    Great summer read!...

  • Doreen

    I enjoyed this story from start to finish. I read it within a 24 hour period. Initially, I felt that Mary, the main character and owner of the Clambake Restaurant, was an aloof, cold, anti-social pers...

  • Kathleen

    Bonasia’s second novel is set against the background of a simple clam bar open for the summer crowd on Cape Cod. The characters are drawn with the complexity they might share in life and thus, are f...

  • Denise

    I liked but did not love this book. It is the story of a woman who owns a seasonal sea food restaurant on Cape Cod. Mary is widowed following a meaningless auto accident at a very young age. Her husba...

  • Linda Day

    This is the second book by this author which I have recently read, and my review is abt the same ... "eh". The central character, Mary, has lost her husband in a motorcycle accident, runs a restaurant...