First off, I can’t believe I waited TWENTY years to read SUMMER’S CHILD! It is one of the best books I’ve read this year so far. The twists and turns just kept on coming and hooked me from the very first chapter!

Diane Chamberlain has always been a favorite author of mine and SUMMER’S CHILD is exactly why! She stole my heart from the very first pages and she never let it go! SUMMER’S CHILD is the story of Shelly, a baby who is found in the beach, abandoned, found by a little girl, Daria.  Daria runs the baby home to her parents, who find a way to adopt her and then raise her. This is a beautiful story of love and hope with many secrets and past events unfolding.

At first, I truly thought I knew where this story was going, but boy was I wrong! Trust me, once you start reading SUMMER’S CHILD you won’t be able to put it down as Diane Chamberlain takes you on one heck of an emotional roller coaster ride! This is an intense story that never slows down. Daria always felt like Shelly’s caretaker since she had found her and when both her parents died, she continued to take responsibility for Shelly’s well-being since she is developmentally slow.

SUMMER’S CHILD is a great heart breaking story that had me up late one night trying to finish. I just had to know  what happened to Shelly. She’s always wondered about her real parents and why her mother left her on the beach. She writes to the producer of a TV show who looks into mysteries and asks him to do a show on her and see if he can find out who her parents are.  The investigation causes all sorts of problems for many residents as the reader is caught up trying to solve the mystery, with your mind going in all different directions.  I still can’t believe it took me this long to read this amazing story, I’m kicking myself……..if you haven’t read SUMMER’S CHILD yet, you need to read it very soon. You won’t be sorry and then you can kick yourself for waiting so long! One of the best endings ever!



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.


Have an awesome day and thanks for stopping by!💜

Autumn Cupcake Susan


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