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A Summer to Remember: A Novel
by Erika Montgomery

Published: 2021-05-11T00:0
Hardcover : 320 pages
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Erika Montgomery's A Summer to Remember is "an unforgettable tale of love, loss and finding your place that glitters as brightly as the golden age of Hollywood."--Kristy Woodson Harvey, USA Today Bestselling author of Feels Like Falling

For thirty-year-old Frankie Simon, selling movie ...

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Erika Montgomery's A Summer to Remember is "an unforgettable tale of love, loss and finding your place that glitters as brightly as the golden age of Hollywood."--Kristy Woodson Harvey, USA Today Bestselling author of Feels Like Falling

For thirty-year-old Frankie Simon, selling movie memorabilia in the shop she opened with her late mother on Hollywood Boulevard is more than just her livelihood?it’s an enduring connection to the only family she has ever known. But when a mysterious package arrives containing a photograph of her mother and famous movie stars Glory Cartwright and her husband at a coastal film festival the year before Frankie’s birth, her life begins to unravel in ways unimaginable.

What begins is a journey along a path revealing buried family secrets, betrayals between lovers, bonds between friends. And for Frankie, as the past unlocks the present, the chance to learn that memories define who we are, and that they can show us the meaning of home and the magic of true love.

Experience the salty breeze of a Cape Cod summer as it sweeps through this sparkling, romantic, and timeless debut novel tinged with a love of old Hollywood.

“The perfect read for summer. A novel with depth, real emotions, lyrical writing, and flawed characters with whom to fall in love.”--New York Times bestselling author Karen White

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Discussion Questions

1. How does Frankie’s connection to her mother through The Memory Shop inform the decision she makes to find out more about her mother’s past? Do you think if they didn’t own the store together, she would have made the same decision to go to Cape Cod?

2. What do you think Russ’s top responsibilities are as the town doctor? Do you think he upholds them throughout the book?

3. Explore the theme of finding your home in the novel. Glory tried to make Cape Cod feel like home, but never could. Maeve had a home there, but left it. Frankie grew up without a drawer to fill, and found her place by the end of the novel. Do you think home is a place, or people? Have you ever felt at home in a place that isn’t where you live? Have you ever felt out of place where you consider your home to be?

4. Louise has the most objective take on everyone’s personalities in the novel. Would you have disliked Mitch from the start? Befriended Glory? Held a grudge against Maeve?

5. Put yourself in Glory’s shoes. Would you have given up your career to go back to your husband’s hometown? Would you have ever tried to go back to Hollywood?

6. Fast forward five years from now. What does Gabe and Frankie’s relationship look like? Louise and Russ’s? Has the festival changed in any way?

7. Louise wants children and can’t have them, whereas Glory adopts Gabe but struggles with the pressure of motherhood. How are they able to be there for each other, despite coming from two very different places in life? Do you think Louise and Russ being childless made it easier to adopt Gabe, or harder?

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