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The Color of Water in July

The Color of Water in July It s been a long seventeen years since Jess last saw her grandmother or visited the family cottage set on an idyllic lake in Northern Michigan For all that time she s been haunted by loss of her inno

  • Title: The Color of Water in July
  • Author: Nora Carroll
  • ISBN: 9781503945630
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s been a long seventeen years since Jess last saw her grandmother or visited the family cottage set on an idyllic lake in Northern Michigan For all that time, she s been haunted by loss of her innocence and her ability to trust and, most of all, of a profound summer romance that might have been something So when her grandmother leaves the house to her, Jess summoIt s been a long seventeen years since Jess last saw her grandmother or visited the family cottage set on an idyllic lake in Northern Michigan For all that time, she s been haunted by loss of her innocence and her ability to trust and, most of all, of a profound summer romance that might have been something So when her grandmother leaves the house to her, Jess summons her courage and returns to a place full of memories and secrets.There, she stumbles upon old letters and photographs of a time not so much forgotten as buried As she begins to unravel the hidden histories of her mother and her grandmother, she makes a startling discovery about a tragic death that prompted her family s slow undoing With every uneven and painful step into the past, Jess comes closer to a truth that could alter her own path and open a door to a different future.

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    1. *3.5 starsFirst, I really like the cover of this book. Love the storyline: a woman goes back to her childhood vacation home and along the way discovers family secrets. Its one of my favorite storylines that I tend to gravitate towards a lot! This book definitely had secrets, young love, and loss. What I didn't like was the character of Jess. She felt very boring to me. Plus, I couldn't imagine not caring about my family home and its possessions, even if its just a passing thought. Anyway, I did, [...]

    2. Kindle2.5 stars, maybe 3. I might change it after some thought.First, I have to admit something. I chose to read this book based on the cover alone. My favorite colors and my favorite shoes. That cover is my dream of summer. A reminder of Cape Cod, a calming and relaxed feeling. It helped that I could read it for free via Kindle Unlimited. The cover doesn't belong with the book at all. The house in the book would not have those shingles and nobody talks at all about flip flops.Another confession [...]

    3. Nora Carroll's stunning debut novel tells the story of Jess Carpenter, a young woman who returns to northern Michigan, where she spent the summers of her youth, to sell an inherited lakeshore cottage that has been in her family for generations. Although she intends for the visit to be brief and business-like, Jess quickly finds herself caught up in the haunting memories of her childhood and the unraveling of a family secret that changes everything she knows about herself and the person she has b [...]

    4. I was a little pensive when I downloaded this "read now" e-galley from Net Galley. I always assumed that the "read now' books were ones that weren't that great and needed as many reviews as possible.Well, this book has changed my view. I really liked this book. It was a well told story of family secrets that were kept for a very long time. Almost too long. The beach house and the whole scenery sounded wonderful and I know I would have a hard time giving it up especially with all the mostly good, [...]

    5. I love the cover and title of this book. I didn't read the synopsis or any reviews. I hope it's good!The story of three generations of women, Mamie, Margaret and Jess, family secrets. Set on a lake in Northern Michagan I loved the descriptions of the cottages. This is chick-lit, beach, easy read.

    6. Wow, that is all I can say! Wow! This is not at all my normal genre (though I do have a guilty pleasure in Chick Lit from time to time) This is not Chick Lit either, this story was a complete surprise to me. I liked the synopsis, it was free and I thought it would make a great summer read.This story is hauntingly beautiful, rich in descriptions and vivid in its poignancy. It starts with Jess Carpenter, 33, living in a small apartment in a dull job with her boyfriend Russ. Jess has just inherited [...]

    7. Well, well, well. This is one of those books where you just don't know what you're getting yourself into (well, at least I didn't). I am not ashamed to admit that I chose this book because of its cover and let's just say, I'm so glad I did because this is such a beautifully written book that at times it was like I really was at the lake. I absolutely adore this book and can't believe how spontaneously I came across it. A great page turner with both strong and well-rounded characters, beautiful w [...]

    8. I thought when I started, that this was going to be a chick lit summer read. It is all that and more. Nora Carroll tells a story of Jess from the when she spent summers at the lake with her grandma Mamie at 17 and then again as she comes back to the elite cottage community with her boyfriend, after her grandmother's death. She tells of story of family, community, and hidden secrets. Without giving any of the story away, there were twists and turns that I did not see coming. I thought I knew how [...]

    9. This is my first book by this author and she didn't disappoint. I could clearly see the old cabin and wondered about the tales it could tell. The careworn items and souvenirs waiting to be packed up to be sold captured the imagination of what might have been. The stories of Jess, and her grandmother are deeply entwined with missing links of days gone by spent at the family cabin on Lake Charlevoix in Michigan. Richly steeped in history, Jess's inherits the cabin on the death of her grandmother a [...]

    10. Fantastic!This story is captivating. I loved that it was a "summer"story with so much depth. The characters were mesmerizing. I highly recommend this book!!!.

    11. The Color of the Water in July is a novel by Nora Carroll. Although it is a romance, it is not your conventional one. It is also the story of a young girl’s journey to adulthood, although she is thirty-three when she actually takes that journey and explores her young adulthood in context with her grandmother’s past. It is told in alternate chapters by Jess and Mamie, her grandmother. Jess is a thirty-three obscure research assistant. Currently unmarried, she lives alone but has a current boy [...]

    12. The Color of Water in JulyNora CarrollContemporaryFamily Life/DramaFiction4 of 5 StarsThe Color of Water in July was my mental vacation read, destination a nine bedroom cottage called Journeys End. The Wequetona Club was built around Pine Lake at the end of the logging boom. I loved the characters, setting, the backstory, I loved every word. I enjoyed how the story of Mamie and her sister was told in first person flashbacks. Excellent story!Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Books for the opport [...]

    13. Jess Carpenter is the main character in The Color of Water in July by Nora Carroll. Jess last saw her grandmother 17 years ago yet when her grandmother passed Jess inherited her summer cottage. This inheritance has sent her on a path that brings to the front her family's past. Throughout the book there are two generations telling the story. First is the grandmother, Miss Mamie and the other is Jess as she goes back to this childhood summer cottage.This touching story is a great book to escape wi [...]

    14. The cover and title is what drew me to this book. But it was so much more than that. The story drew me in from the beginning. I liked how the author changed each chapter from Jess today to her grandmother Mamie telling her memories.There were lots of twists and turns to the story and characters. Some surprising events made for a well written, very entertaining book! You never know what happened in the past. I do genealogy and have come across some of my own family secrets. I'm sure there are som [...]

    15. The cover of this book is very tranquil but the story is anything but. After her grandmother dies Jess returns to the family cottage in a lakeside community to sort it out ready to sell. It is pretty much in its' original condition which excites Russ (boyfriend) no end. He is forceful, inviting himself along and is such a shallow, unlike able man. The book tells the story from three perspectives - Mamie (grandmother) and Jess aged 17 and 33, so gradually all the secrets are revealed. Great descr [...]

    16. I wasn't expecting much from this book (and, to be perfectly honest, I was in agony with a bulging disk so I wasn't expecting much from anything!). But . . . surprise! I really enjoyed the story. I thought I would be getting a love story to take me away from my pain, but I got something much more - a tale of past and present with some catches that I didn't see coming. A teenage passion that wouldn't die?? A history that made sense at the time, but didn't pan out? This is more than a beach read, [...]

    17. Jess goes to Michigan to sell the cottage she inherited from her Grandmother. As she is cleaning out closets and drawers she finds a bundle of letters that reveals a lot of family secrets. Jess used to summer at the lakefront cottage but hadn't been back in 17 years. This is a wonderful story of several generations and is told by Jess as a 17 year old girl, her grandmother and Jess at 33. Well written, easy to follow and a joy to read as the story unravels. Also a glimpse of life in the 1940's o [...]

    18. I'd say more of a 3.5 star read. It kept me interested and guessing. There were a few surprises that I didn't expect, however it was a little depressing. It was also frustrating at times to read about several women with a complete inability to communicate or show any type of emotion. Many of their choices were strange and the fact that the very intelligent Jess, didn't ever question anything was odd, but the story was overall pretty good. I'd lend it to others if I could, but I don't know that I [...]

    19. This was my first book from Nora Carroll, and it was a pleasant surprise. It starts off somewhat predictably, with Jess returning to her summer home after inheriting it from her grandmother. And of course she begins to uncover some family secrets. But here's where most of the formulaic storyline ends. I saw this book described as a mystery/romance, and I'd say that nicely sums it up. There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and interested enough to finish. Although the ending did f [...]

    20. I had hopes for this book because I like how she writes, but I found it very difficult to read the ebook version for all the typos and grammar issues. On one page, the book says Mamie is speaking when it is clearly May. I found I did a lot of mental editing and skimming for content and neither struck me as very good.

    21. Great story of three generations of women, mostly Jess and her grandmother Mamie. The characters are richly written and the changing of time period being written about was in no way confusing here. Had a twist I did not expect, but was a very well written engaging story. Have had this on my Kindle, got it for free, for quite awhile. So glad I decided to read it this hot July summer weekend.

    22. there were interesting aspects to this story: social mores of the early 20th century; Michigan as a backdrop/character; the idea of what makes a family.ly it left me feeling sad and cold was an easy read and I was interested enough in finding out what Jess would ultimately do that I kept reading.

    23. This was a good story; however, I believe I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read it in larger chunks or all at once. The point of view and time period of the story changed each chapter. Because I read it in small bits as I was able to get a few minutes here and there to read, I had to reorient myself to who/when each time I started reading again.

    24. The best part of the book was the last few chapters, that finally explain the pivotal family secrets. The build up to those chapters was slow and predictable.

    25. Great story conceptHORRIBLE typos and quite a few literary errors! Whoever proofread this book should be fired!

    26. The languid style of this multi-generational saga suits its locale: a lake resort community in northern Michigan, a place so secluded it feels like another world. In the 1990s, Jess Carpenter returns to her family’s cottage on Pine Lake to claim it as her inheritance and investigate selling it. Her late grandmother, Mamie, had spent summers there for over 90 years, but Jess hasn’t returned since she was a teenager. Her boyfriend, Russ, who writes for an architectural magazine, invites himsel [...]

    27. A thoroughly enjoyable read with many layers of plot. I liked the way they unfurled (rather than unfolded), emerging organically one from another, so that the story-lines seeped into each other, like water blotting into paper.The juxtaposition of the very correct Club set, the 'right' families, their formal dinners and impeccable manners, against the tangle of lies and secrets lurking only just beneath the surface was very well done. Perhaps I'd have liked Maimie, with a foot in both camps, to h [...]

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