Review: Sailing Lessons

36373446Title: Sailing Lessons
Author: Hannah McKinnon
Published June 5, 2018 by Simon and Schuster
384 pages

Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

On the shores of Cape Cod, the Bailey sisters reunite with their long-lost father for a summer of hope and forgiveness in this heartfelt novel from the author of the “sharp and evocative” (Kirkus Reviews) Mystic Summer, The Lake Season, and The Summer House, sure to appeal to “fans of Elin Hilderbrand” (Booklist).

Wrenn Bailey has lived all her life on Cape Cod with her mother Lindy, older sister Shannon, and younger sister Piper. Growing up, life was dictated by the seasons with sleepy gray winters where only the locals stayed on, followed by the sharp influx and colorful bustle of summer tourists who swept up the elbow of the Cape and infiltrated their small paradise.

But it wasn’t just the tourists who interrupted Wrenn’s formative years; her father—brilliant but troubled photographer Caleb—has long made a habit of drifting in and out of his girls’ lives. Until the one summer he left the Cape and did not return again.

Now, almost twenty years later, Caleb has come back one last time, suffering from pancreatic cancer and seeking absolution. Wrenn and her sisters each respond differently to their father’s return, determined to find closure. But that means returning to the past and revisiting old wounds—wounds that cause the tightknit Bailey women to confront their own wishes and wants, and admit to their own wrong-doings over the years. In a place that brings both great comfort and great pain, the Bailey sisters experience a summer on the Cape that promises not only hard endings, but perhaps, hopeful new beginnings.

  What a great, feel good read for the summer! I really enjoy Hannah McKinnon's books, and this one was no exception. A great family story featuring three sisters navigating complicated family relationships. The Cape Cod setting is delightful--it will make you want to be there. I also am dying to go shopping at Wren's store, The Fisherman's Daughter! I really enjoyed the relationship between the sisters, and it was interesting reading how each of them reacted differently to their dad coming back.

Definitely recommend throwing this one in your beach bag! Another great summer read from Hannah McKinnon.

Happy Reading! 


  1. This one sounds like the perfect summer read....I'm going to have to check it out!

  2. I'm glad to see you loved this one! I have it on my Kindle. Haven't read anything by this author, but this does seem like a perfect summer read!


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