Summary

Early on the morning of her 11th 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. Now, 20 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.
©2000 Diane Chamberlain; revised text copyright 2010 by Diane Chamberlain (P)2015 Tantor
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"Chamberlain creates a captivating tale populated with haunting characters." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-05-17

Another great book by Diane Chamberlain

Really enjoyed this book. I've listened to a few of Diane Chamberlain's books now and they never disappoint. Didn't see the twist at the end happening!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jaye on 30-08-16

Subtle Slow Burn

When I began reading this book what appeared to be a slow read turned out to be a beautiful story with twists and turns that flow very well. It is essentially about a young girl who found a baby on the beach and this child is then adopted into the family, then as she grows up and both adopted parents have passed she decides to seek out an old family friend who is the star of a reality show where he researches real life stories. Shelley wants to know her real parents, this stirs up lots of deep set emotions and the truth starts to unravel layer by layer and before you know it you are hooked.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 29-03-16

Good Story, Fair Reader

I found this book quite entertaining, with twists galore near the end. The language, though, struck me as just a bit on the juvenile side, and some of the writing construction being similar. What I felt detracted most was the narrator. She had a very choppy, halting reading style that I found it to be distracting. Had she just used that affectation for Shelly, who was slightly brain damaged and actually might sound that way, I could have understood. However, that was her style throughout and for every character, which I felt took away from the narrative.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bonnie on 24-12-15

Very good story line

Story will keep your attention and keep you guessing, very good story, enjoyed this listen very much

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