The Summer Retreat

The Summer Retreat

Join USA TODAY bestselling author Sheila Roberts for a seaside escape to the beaches of Moonlight HarborCeleste Jones has plans for a perfect summer with her boyfriend (and hopefully soon-to-be fiancé)—until he dumps her to be with the woman he’s had on the side for months. Heartbroken and furious, Celeste resolves to move on. When the going gets tough, the tough…okay, the...

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  • Hallie Szott

    3.5

    Head to Moonlight Harbor for more of Sheila Roberts’ typical small-town charm in The Summer Retreat. It’s the third book in the series, revisiting familiar characters and adding some new drama into the mix, too.

    Celeste Jones heads to the beach, determined to get over her recent heartbreak. However, as her sister Jenna’s experience will attest, romance in Moonlight Harbor is no easy feat to maneuver. It’s entertaining to see the story unfold, full of heartwarming and humorous moments, as Celes

    3.5

    Head to Moonlight Harbor for more of Sheila Roberts’ typical small-town charm in The Summer Retreat. It’s the third book in the series, revisiting familiar characters and adding some new drama into the mix, too.

    Celeste Jones heads to the beach, determined to get over her recent heartbreak. However, as her sister Jenna’s experience will attest, romance in Moonlight Harbor is no easy feat to maneuver. It’s entertaining to see the story unfold, full of heartwarming and humorous moments, as Celeste tries to find the man right for her.

    If you enjoy contemporary romance, especially in small-town settings, check out The Summer Retreat.

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    I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

  • Bridget

    Are you looking for a fantastic romance novel to take to the beach this Summer? Well, look no further because this is it! What a lovely and exciting book this was and a perfect and refreshing change from my usual, favourite genre.

    “The Summer Retreat” is the third book in the ‘Moonlight Harbor’ series by best-seller author Sheila Roberts, the first book being ‘Welcome to Moonlight Harbor’, followed by ’Winter at the Beach’.

    Although I’ve seen many of the author’s books around in my local library,

    Are you looking for a fantastic romance novel to take to the beach this Summer? Well, look no further because this is it! What a lovely and exciting book this was and a perfect and refreshing change from my usual, favourite genre.

    “The Summer Retreat” is the third book in the ‘Moonlight Harbor’ series by best-seller author Sheila Roberts, the first book being ‘Welcome to Moonlight Harbor’, followed by ’Winter at the Beach’.

    Although I’ve seen many of the author’s books around in my local library, the supermarket, and in bookshops, this is the first one I’ve read (I think) and I was not disappointed.

    Celeste Jones is a primary school teacher and as the summer term has just come to an end, so has her relationship with her cheating boyfriend, Emerson. To drown her sorrows and re-evaluate her life, Celeste decides to visit her sister, Jenna who lives in a quaint town on the Washington coast where she runs the ‘Driftwood Inn’.

    This was a well paced and very touching romance that had me hooked, even before I had swiped my e-reader to take me to the second page.

    Sheila Roberts has drawn a pleasant, easy-going and genial character in Celeste. However, at thirty-six and a half, she thinks it’s about time she finds herself a husband who will not cheat on her and she has plans to settle down, have a family and live happily ever after.

    “The Summer Retreat” was such a delightful, though predictable, tale and once I had started reading, I found I was totally invested in the story. It held my interest right until the fulfilling conclusion.

    I will be reading the first two books in the series and I eagerly wait to see what Sheila Roberts is going to be releasing next. This is a must-read for anyone who loves women’s fiction or romance novels, so you need to order your copy!

    Thanks to NetGalley, Harlequin - MIRA and the author, Sheila Roberts for the free advanced copy. This is my honest and totally voluntary review.

  • Jypsy

    Sheila Roberts has written a delightful story. The Summer Retreat will likely be a popular choice for summer reading. This is the perfect type of escape story for the beach. Basically, Celeste is escaping her cheating ex by going to visit her sister at Moonlight Harbor. Celeste will help her sister run The Driftwood Inn for the summer. The town has a benevolent atmospheric presence that will be familiar to anyone who has lived in a small town. The characters of the town, etc. are kindly, graciou

    Sheila Roberts has written a delightful story. The Summer Retreat will likely be a popular choice for summer reading. This is the perfect type of escape story for the beach. Basically, Celeste is escaping her cheating ex by going to visit her sister at Moonlight Harbor. Celeste will help her sister run The Driftwood Inn for the summer. The town has a benevolent atmospheric presence that will be familiar to anyone who has lived in a small town. The characters of the town, etc. are kindly, gracious, and well meaning, although perhaps intrusive and gossipy at times. Celeste is sympathetic because she's at sixes and sevens about love and life. She's of an age to settle and start a family, and this is a vexing situation for her. Celeste is also resilient, capable and relatable to women who understand that your heart and your head will sometimes disagree. She has a wonderful bond with her sister which is heartening in the overall picture. This may be the most momentous summer of her life! The journey Celeste makes is transformative and progressive. When summer ends, will Celeste be strengthened and encouraged by her choices? Summer Retreat is a light read that's wholly enjoyable, charming and enticing. You can't beat it for a day relaxing poolside. Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin MIRA for an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Suzanne

    I've never read a Sheila Roberts book before, so I was curious to try this one out. It IS #3 in a series, but I never felt lost (although I did feel curious about some of the events mentioned, especially the Christmas disaster, so I'll probably read the earlier books to check it out).

    This book focuses on Celeste, who was cheated on by her boyfriend, and comes to the beach to help her sister Jenna with the Driftwood Inn and to recover. Celeste still wants to find "the one" and so is attracted to

    I've never read a Sheila Roberts book before, so I was curious to try this one out. It IS #3 in a series, but I never felt lost (although I did feel curious about some of the events mentioned, especially the Christmas disaster, so I'll probably read the earlier books to check it out).

    This book focuses on Celeste, who was cheated on by her boyfriend, and comes to the beach to help her sister Jenna with the Driftwood Inn and to recover. Celeste still wants to find "the one" and so is attracted to a man who in every way seems safe, but she's also attracted to the unsafe stranger in room 12.

    I typically HATE love triangles, but this one didn't bother me a ton for some reason, especially because the resolution was so nice.

    Oh I should mention, about 1/3 of the story was from the sister Jenna's point of view. I am not sure how I feel about those parts - I suspect I would have liked them more if I'd read the previous books, but they did give the story more breadth. I also loved the grandmother who is a firecracker and still bakes cookies and other treats for everyone.

    I'd like to thank the publisher and netgalley for letting me read this book.

  • Kendall

    The Summer Retreat is the perfect book to cozy up with on the beach!

    This was my first read by Sheila Roberts and can definitely see why she has so many fans!

    The Summer Retreat focuses on Celeste who has a pattern of falling for too many wrong men. Emerson her current boyfriend is a cop and he just doesn't wan't to commit to her fully. Sadly, Celeste finds Emerson cheating on her with another woman and she's had it!

    Celeste finds herself back in the Driftwood Inn with her sister Jenna. Celeste

    The Summer Retreat is the perfect book to cozy up with on the beach!

    This was my first read by Sheila Roberts and can definitely see why she has so many fans!

    The Summer Retreat focuses on Celeste who has a pattern of falling for too many wrong men. Emerson her current boyfriend is a cop and he just doesn't wan't to commit to her fully. Sadly, Celeste finds Emerson cheating on her with another woman and she's had it!

    Celeste finds herself back in the Driftwood Inn with her sister Jenna. Celeste soon begins a journey of her own dating different men with her sister Jenna trying to support her in finding the "right" man.

    What I loved about this one? Sheila does a wonderful job with the characters... all so relatable and I really enjoyed Celeste!

    I found the story to be a tad predictable but nonetheless it was a quick and fun beach read.

    Overall, 3.5 stars :)

    Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin/Mira for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

    Publication date: 4/23/19

    Published to Goodreads: 4/9/19

  • Patty

    The Summer Retreat by Shelia Roberts is the 3rd book in the Moonlight Harbor series, and my first book by this author. Celeste Jones has her summer all planned out with her boyfriend, hoping to become his fiance, until she catches him with another women. So she is off to the beach for the summer, working for her sister at the Driftwood Inn. I really enjoyed this cute fun romance, especially as I watch it snow outside my window. I recommend this sweet romance, and am looking forward to reading mo

    The Summer Retreat by Shelia Roberts is the 3rd book in the Moonlight Harbor series, and my first book by this author. Celeste Jones has her summer all planned out with her boyfriend, hoping to become his fiance, until she catches him with another women. So she is off to the beach for the summer, working for her sister at the Driftwood Inn. I really enjoyed this cute fun romance, especially as I watch it snow outside my window. I recommend this sweet romance, and am looking forward to reading more books by this author.

    I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and the Publisher. Thank you

  • Kelly

    Review to follow

    I received a digital copy of this book (ARC) in exchange for an unbiased review from NetGalley and MIRA books.

    The Summer Retreat(Moonlight Harbor #3) by Shield Roberts

    April 23, 2019

    Mira Publishing

    Fiction, beach read

    Rating: 3/5

    I received a digital ARC copy of this book from Mira and NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

    This is the third book in a series. I read the first two before reading this book to put it in context although they could easily stand alone. The books a

    Review to follow

    I received a digital copy of this book (ARC) in exchange for an unbiased review from NetGalley and MIRA books.

    The Summer Retreat(Moonlight Harbor #3) by Shield Roberts

    April 23, 2019

    Mira Publishing

    Fiction, beach read

    Rating: 3/5

    I received a digital ARC copy of this book from Mira and NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

    This is the third book in a series. I read the first two before reading this book to put it in context although they could easily stand alone. The books are light beach reads which unfortunately felt weighed down by too many characters.

    I enjoyed the first book but the following books seemed to be weighed down with many characters. The description and history of the characters were informative but not entirely necessary to plot and resolution. Maybe this was intentional to set the pace for upcoming books in the series.

    Overall, a delightful, easy read with a lot of Christian undertones and nods to other women’s literature authors. This book centers mostly on Celeste Jones, who decides to move to Moonlight Harbor Inn for respite. Jenna Jones, her sister, had worked hard renovating the Driftwood Inn, which has been in the family for years.

    I had read the first two books so I was prepared when this book started with a focus on Celeste. It didn’t feel organic in flow from the ending of the previous book. I was anticipating each novel to build off the other which they did but also provide insight into next book.

    Of course, it is difficult for me to provide a review of this book as a stand alone since I’ve read the other books. The storyline is clever and the romantic subplots humorous. I felt it lacked a strong framework moving forward to support the additions to the series.

  • ♥Rachel♥

    Celeste has been burned her boyfriend, a man she thought would propose only to find he’s been cheating on her. In response, she ventures out to Moonlight Harbor, the seaside town her sister has settled into after purchasing an inn. Celeste, a teacher, takes the summer off to help at the inn while trying to figure out where she’s gone wrong in her love life. She had sparks and chemistry with her last beau, but that just ended in heartache so she decides to go for the safer bet, the town’s pastor,

    Celeste has been burned her boyfriend, a man she thought would propose only to find he’s been cheating on her. In response, she ventures out to Moonlight Harbor, the seaside town her sister has settled into after purchasing an inn. Celeste, a teacher, takes the summer off to help at the inn while trying to figure out where she’s gone wrong in her love life. She had sparks and chemistry with her last beau, but that just ended in heartache so she decides to go for the safer bet, the town’s pastor, Paul. He’s good-looking and even if he doesn’t make her heart race, he’s a steady and sure bet, not someone likely to cheat on her. Not like Henry, the guest in cabin twelve, an annoying man, poking and prodding at every turn, but one that heats her up!

    was an entertaining read, kind of a Hallmark movie type of romance, where lots of things go wrong and are a bit whacky. I quickly flipped (listened) through the pages, but this is one of those stories where I had mixed feelings. I felt bad for Celeste because she was duped by a cheating loser at the beginning, but I was also annoyed with her. She ignores her instincts that tell her she’s not a good match for the Pastor Paul but goes along with the “romance” because he’s the safe bet, a man who’ll never cheat. I don’t like reading a romance where the heroine is all tied up with one man while she’s meant to be with another. It was clear to me and should’ve been clear to Celeste that Pastor Paul wasn’t the guy for her, and yet the situation plays out for almost the entire book.

    I was also irritated with her sister, Jenna, who kept pushing her toward Paul when Celeste didn’t seem all that hot on him. I have to say Jenna’s romantic situation is another frustration: a love triangle, that wasn’t resolved in this story. Maybe it will be in the next book?

    It does sound like I didn’t really like the story after writing all of my complaints, but I did. I’m happy for how things turned out for Celeste, and I did have some laughs along the way. I switched back and forth from my e-copy to the audio book and found Ann Gideon’s voice pleasant and upbeat.

  • Madison Warner Fairbanks

    The Summer Retreat by Sheila Roberts

    Contemporary small town, clean romance. Multiple points of view.

    Lots of characters give the story charm.

    Third book in the Moonlight Harbor series. Can be read as a standalone. I hadn’t read the previous books and had no trouble follow the characters.

    Man hungry. The heroine had no other life goals than finding and marrying the right man. The explanation behind it was that she never knew her father. Nothing made her happy and she whined about being alone at va

    The Summer Retreat by Sheila Roberts

    Contemporary small town, clean romance. Multiple points of view.

    Lots of characters give the story charm.

    Third book in the Moonlight Harbor series. Can be read as a standalone. I hadn’t read the previous books and had no trouble follow the characters.

    Man hungry. The heroine had no other life goals than finding and marrying the right man. The explanation behind it was that she never knew her father. Nothing made her happy and she whined about being alone at various events and holidays.

    I understand wanting to find love but hated this premise. The entire time reading this I wanted to shake her, telling her to have some self respect and try loving herself first.

    The romance in this book missed the mark.

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.

  • Amy

    I decided to put this one down. I just wasn't loving it. It was fine ... not a bad book in any way. I just wasn't enjoying the read even if it had so many of the things I love to see in a romance. I didn't connect with it and so I wasn't looking forward to reading it. It's likely to be the place I'm in right now ... my attention is divided and if something doesn't GRAB me immediately, I tend to just let it go. Maybe I'll revisit it in time. Based on reviews, some really seemed to enjoy it so def

    I decided to put this one down. I just wasn't loving it. It was fine ... not a bad book in any way. I just wasn't enjoying the read even if it had so many of the things I love to see in a romance. I didn't connect with it and so I wasn't looking forward to reading it. It's likely to be the place I'm in right now ... my attention is divided and if something doesn't GRAB me immediately, I tend to just let it go. Maybe I'll revisit it in time. Based on reviews, some really seemed to enjoy it so definitely give it a shot if the premise speaks to you.

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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