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INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER “The book equivalent of a beach getaway.” —PopSugar "A stunning debut." ––BookRiot A sweeping debut novel about the generations of a family that spends summers in a seaside enclave on Maine's rocky coastline, for fans of Elin Hilderbrand, Beatriz Williams, and Sarah Blake. 1944: Maren Larsen is a blonde beauty from a small Minnesota farming town, de INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER “The book equivalent of a beach getaway.” —PopSugar "A stunning debut." ––BookRiot A sweeping debut novel about the generations of a family that spends summers in a seaside enclave on Maine's rocky coastline, for fans of Elin Hilderbrand, Beatriz Williams, and Sarah Blake. 1944: Maren Larsen is a blonde beauty from a small Minnesota farming town, determined to do her part to help the war effort––and to see the world beyond her family’s cornfields. As a cadet nurse at Walter Reed Medical Center, she’s swept off her feet by Dr. Oliver Demarest, a handsome Boston Brahmin whose family spends summers in an insular community on the rocky coast of Maine. 1970: As the nation grapples with the ongoing conflict in Vietnam, Oliver and Maren are grappling with their fiercely independent seventeen-year-old daughter, Annie, who has fallen for a young man they don’t approve of. Before the summer is over a terrible tragedy will strike the Demarests––and in the aftermath, Annie vows never to return to Haven Point. 2008: Annie’s daughter, Skye, has arrived in Maine to help scatter her mother’s ashes. Maren knows that her granddaughter inherited Annie’s view of Haven Point: despite the wild beauty and quaint customs, the regattas and clambakes and sing-alongs, she finds the place––and the people––snobbish and petty. But Maren also knows that Annie never told Skye the whole truth about what happened during that fateful summer. Over seven decades of a changing America, through wars and storms, betrayals and reconciliations, Virginia Hume's Haven Point explores what it means to belong to a place, and to a family, which holds as tightly to its traditions as it does its secrets.


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INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER “The book equivalent of a beach getaway.” —PopSugar "A stunning debut." ––BookRiot A sweeping debut novel about the generations of a family that spends summers in a seaside enclave on Maine's rocky coastline, for fans of Elin Hilderbrand, Beatriz Williams, and Sarah Blake. 1944: Maren Larsen is a blonde beauty from a small Minnesota farming town, de INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER “The book equivalent of a beach getaway.” —PopSugar "A stunning debut." ––BookRiot A sweeping debut novel about the generations of a family that spends summers in a seaside enclave on Maine's rocky coastline, for fans of Elin Hilderbrand, Beatriz Williams, and Sarah Blake. 1944: Maren Larsen is a blonde beauty from a small Minnesota farming town, determined to do her part to help the war effort––and to see the world beyond her family’s cornfields. As a cadet nurse at Walter Reed Medical Center, she’s swept off her feet by Dr. Oliver Demarest, a handsome Boston Brahmin whose family spends summers in an insular community on the rocky coast of Maine. 1970: As the nation grapples with the ongoing conflict in Vietnam, Oliver and Maren are grappling with their fiercely independent seventeen-year-old daughter, Annie, who has fallen for a young man they don’t approve of. Before the summer is over a terrible tragedy will strike the Demarests––and in the aftermath, Annie vows never to return to Haven Point. 2008: Annie’s daughter, Skye, has arrived in Maine to help scatter her mother’s ashes. Maren knows that her granddaughter inherited Annie’s view of Haven Point: despite the wild beauty and quaint customs, the regattas and clambakes and sing-alongs, she finds the place––and the people––snobbish and petty. But Maren also knows that Annie never told Skye the whole truth about what happened during that fateful summer. Over seven decades of a changing America, through wars and storms, betrayals and reconciliations, Virginia Hume's Haven Point explores what it means to belong to a place, and to a family, which holds as tightly to its traditions as it does its secrets.

30 review for Haven Point

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    I must admit just the magnificent setting along the coast in Maine had me itching to read this novel. Add some family drama and secrets and I'm there. This story is told in many different time settings. It begins during WWII in a hospital in Washington DC where a doctor and cadet nurse meet while treating the wounded soldiers. This starts Maren and Oliver's story. They soon wed and Oliver takes Maren to his family home in Haven Point, Maine where they vacation every summer. The community is a bit I must admit just the magnificent setting along the coast in Maine had me itching to read this novel. Add some family drama and secrets and I'm there. This story is told in many different time settings. It begins during WWII in a hospital in Washington DC where a doctor and cadet nurse meet while treating the wounded soldiers. This starts Maren and Oliver's story. They soon wed and Oliver takes Maren to his family home in Haven Point, Maine where they vacation every summer. The community is a bit snooty and gossipy but Maren soon finds some true friends there. The story continues into Maren and Oliver's marriage and subsequent birth of their three children. Another time line is present day as Maren summons her granddaughter, Skye to Haven Point after the death of her mother Annie (Maren's daughter.) Skye's story goes back and forth from past to present as she recalls some visits to Haven Point throughout her childhood. This is a debut novel about a family saga and a buried secret. While I mostly enjoyed this story I did find it fell flat a little in certain areas. The writing is good and I think the author shows promise. I'd like to kindly thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for granting me access to this Advanced Reader Copy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Historical Fiction book with many different timelines and characters. I found this book ok, but I really just enjoyed one of the timelines (the main one). I did not understand why the others ones where even there. I also felt there was way to many characters because there was a lot of characters in each timelines. I think I would love this book if there was less characters and less timelines. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (St. Martin's Press) or author ( This is a Historical Fiction book with many different timelines and characters. I found this book ok, but I really just enjoyed one of the timelines (the main one). I did not understand why the others ones where even there. I also felt there was way to many characters because there was a lot of characters in each timelines. I think I would love this book if there was less characters and less timelines. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (St. Martin's Press) or author (Virginia Hume) via NetGalley, so I can give honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I was so excited to get my hands on an advanced reader copy of this book. I loved every minute of it - the characters are richly detailed, the plot lines are realistically interwoven, and the setting is so clearly described I could feel the ocean spray on my face as I read it. Definitely a great pic for anyone who likes a robust family saga.

  4. 4 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    Along the coast of Maine lies Haven Point. Its residents are families who have spent their summers there for generations. Author Virginia Hume, in an impressive debut novel, sets this multi-generational story in a beautiful setting where people are not very welcoming to those not of the same background. In 1944, Maren is a nurse at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. She was raised on a farm in Minnesota. Maren meets and falls in love with Dr. Oliver Demarest, who is from a promine Along the coast of Maine lies Haven Point. Its residents are families who have spent their summers there for generations. Author Virginia Hume, in an impressive debut novel, sets this multi-generational story in a beautiful setting where people are not very welcoming to those not of the same background. In 1944, Maren is a nurse at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. She was raised on a farm in Minnesota. Maren meets and falls in love with Dr. Oliver Demarest, who is from a prominent Boston family. Once they marry, she spends summers at the family home at Haven Point and has trouble fitting in. By the summer of 1970, Maren and Oliver have three children. Life at Haven Point proves difficult for their daughter Annie who decides, after tragedy strikes, that she never wants to return to Haven Point. In 2008, Annie’s daughter Skye takes her mother’s ashes back to Haven Point and will discover, with the help of her grandmother Maren, why her mother left Haven Point and vowed never to return. This well-written book was quite an emotional story. There is strong sense of place and well-developed characters especially Maren, Annie and Skye who each felt like outsiders in Haven Point. Some sections felt a little long but overall this was a satisfying read as each woman tried to find their place in a community that was not accepting of people unlike themselves. Many thanks to the author, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Haven Point in advance of its publication. I’ll be anxious to read what Virginia Hume writes next. Review posted on MicheleReader.com.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura Munson

    There can be no surprise as to why I picked up this book! As founder of Haven Writing Retreats & Haven Home, when I saw the novel Haven Point, I thought, I have to read this and so glad I did! A multi generational story centering around the women of a family who spends their summers on the beautiful coast of Maine. Covering decades, they discover not only truth but what defines family.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tami

    I’ve never been to the coast of Maine and this new novel by Virginia Hume has definitely inspired me to add it to my list of places to visit. The audio, narrated by Cassandra Campbell, was a pleasurable listen. The novel centers around Maren, a farm girl from Minnesota who ends up working as a nurse at Walter Reed Medical Center during World War II. While there, she meets her future husband who is from a Boston family who spends their summers vacationing in the small coastal community of Haven Po I’ve never been to the coast of Maine and this new novel by Virginia Hume has definitely inspired me to add it to my list of places to visit. The audio, narrated by Cassandra Campbell, was a pleasurable listen. The novel centers around Maren, a farm girl from Minnesota who ends up working as a nurse at Walter Reed Medical Center during World War II. While there, she meets her future husband who is from a Boston family who spends their summers vacationing in the small coastal community of Haven Point. Maren, as an outsider, takes years to feel like she belongs, but as the years go by she realizes she underestimated the people in Haven Point. When a tragedy occurs that involves her children, Maren’s daughter Annie vows to leave and never return to Haven Point. In adulthood, Annie was troubled by alcoholism, either hereditary or a result of her dealing with her tragic past, possibly both. Skye, Annie’s daughter is often rescued by her grandmother and taken to Haven Point while her mother stays in a treatment center. Skye has adopted her mother’s dislike of Haven Point. It isn’t until her mother dies and Skye returns to Haven Point to scatter her ashes, that she learns the truth about her mother’s dislike of the charming coastal community. As a storm bears down on the coast, Maren tells Skye of the tragic summer and the accident that drove Annie away. The story moves at a languid, thoughtful pace that seems just perfect for lazy summer days by the sea. The characters were interesting and nuanced. I loved Maren’s mother-in-law. She was a hoot! Many thanks to NetGalley and MacMillan Audio for allowing me to listen to the audio book and give an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wendy W.

    Haven Point by Virginia Hume, is an enjoyable, and interesting multi-generational family saga, starting in Washington DC, at the start of World War II. This is a story of love, family, secrets, and perceptions that will endear you to the characters as the book brings you into their lives. Maren Larsen is a cadet nurse from Minnesota, serving at Walter Reed Medical Center when she meets Dr. Oliver Demarest and falls in love. Oliver’s family spends their summers at the exclusive community of Haven Haven Point by Virginia Hume, is an enjoyable, and interesting multi-generational family saga, starting in Washington DC, at the start of World War II. This is a story of love, family, secrets, and perceptions that will endear you to the characters as the book brings you into their lives. Maren Larsen is a cadet nurse from Minnesota, serving at Walter Reed Medical Center when she meets Dr. Oliver Demarest and falls in love. Oliver’s family spends their summers at the exclusive community of Haven Point on the rocky coast of Maine. Maren spends almost every summer in Haven Point, with her three kids, and Oliver when he can get away from the city and his work. After a tragedy in 1970, at Haven Point, Oliver, and Maren’s daughter Annie, refuse to go back to the small insular community. Skye, Annie’s daughter, and Maren’s granddaughter share her mother’s dislike of the community, deciding that the insular and snobbish ways of the community do not reflect her values, nor the values of her mother. When Skye returns to Haven Point, after her mother dies, to spread her ashes along with Maren, she learns the real secret as to why her mother disliked the community. This book is beautifully written, and the characters are fascinating. Maren, Annie, and Skye are well developed, and all have complex emotional journeys through the telling of the story. The beautiful community of Haven Point on the coast of Maine is well described and is a stunning setting for most of the story. The book is a bit long and does drag a bit in the middle, as the setting for the story is set up. However, it’s worthwhile to get to the end, where the story ramps up and draws to an emotional and fulfilling ending. I listened to the audiobook version of this story and enjoyed the narrator, Cassandra Campbell, and her delivery of the story. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy emotional family sagas. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Haven Point by Virginia Hume is a great fictional novel that involves multiple generations of a particular family and by illuminating their individual experiences associated with a similar location, a family summertime retreat on coastal Maine, the reader is able to experience from a distance similarities and differences that have affected its members and altered the course of the family over the last several decades. I always enjoy a really good generational novel where the author is able to sho Haven Point by Virginia Hume is a great fictional novel that involves multiple generations of a particular family and by illuminating their individual experiences associated with a similar location, a family summertime retreat on coastal Maine, the reader is able to experience from a distance similarities and differences that have affected its members and altered the course of the family over the last several decades. I always enjoy a really good generational novel where the author is able to show several family members within multiple time periods that at first seem like such stark differences in character and experiences, however after looking at the family collectively and holistically, the reader is able to see the similarities, repetitions, and history repeating itself. It is fascinating to see how one relationship, decision, or action reverberates down through time altering the course and direction of the family. If done correctly, the novel is gripping and excellent. This is one of those novels. There was mystery, suspense, a full emotional spectrum, and a sense of characters trying to find a place of solidarity and a place to call home. I enjoyed reading the respective stories of Maren and Skye and feel that the author did a really great job of interweaving multiple decades and storylines to create a enthralling narrative that kept me engaged and wanting to know more. This would be a great pick for a book club reading. Recommend 5/5 stars Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 6/8/21.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Haven Point starts with grandmother Maren sitting on her porch waiting for her granddaughter, Skye, to come. She has something important to tell her, something "way overdue." That mystery sets up the story and keeps us reading, wondering what the big secret is. The story then begins to jump around between Maren's 1944 youth, and Skye's childhood and present day. Each chapter is well written, but it feels like the author has tried to pack in too many years without giving any of them quite enough Haven Point starts with grandmother Maren sitting on her porch waiting for her granddaughter, Skye, to come. She has something important to tell her, something "way overdue." That mystery sets up the story and keeps us reading, wondering what the big secret is. The story then begins to jump around between Maren's 1944 youth, and Skye's childhood and present day. Each chapter is well written, but it feels like the author has tried to pack in too many years without giving any of them quite enough depth. The ending was anticlimactic, leaving me wondering why the "secret" needed to be kept secret at all. Four stars, because it did keep me reading to the end.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I adored this story. I kept looking at my percentage on my kindle of progress, not because I wanted it to be over, because I didn’t want it to end. I found myself slowing down or re-reading some chapters, just so I didn’t miss anything. That is saying a lot for me. I won’t go on and on about all that I loved about this book, but I will say the writing is lovely, the descriptions are beautiful, the storyline is flawless and the characters are perfect. I felt as if I was a vacationer for three mon I adored this story. I kept looking at my percentage on my kindle of progress, not because I wanted it to be over, because I didn’t want it to end. I found myself slowing down or re-reading some chapters, just so I didn’t miss anything. That is saying a lot for me. I won’t go on and on about all that I loved about this book, but I will say the writing is lovely, the descriptions are beautiful, the storyline is flawless and the characters are perfect. I felt as if I was a vacationer for three months out of the year going to Haven Point with the Demarest family, sitting alongside them in the weekly sing along. Maren was my favorite and a close second was Pauline, I was so belly laughing when Georgie and Maren had her in the wheel barrel and there was once I had tears running down my face. I cannot explain how this author pulled out so many emotions. To me, Virginia Hume is right up there with Pat Conroy and William Kent Krueger. (two of my favorites). I want to thank St. Martin’s Press along with NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read an ARC. This one is the highest 5 stars I have to give. Sweet book!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I really enjoyed this lovely novel about 3 generations of women and their family home at Haven Point. The book takes us back to the inception of the relationship between Maren and the Demerest family during WWII. The author beautifully captures the time period and the unlikely relationship. Hume then focuses on her granddaughter, Skye, and the troubled relationship with Annie, her mother and Maren’s daughter. The author conveys the snobbishness of the WASP enclave of Haven Point, which becomes a I really enjoyed this lovely novel about 3 generations of women and their family home at Haven Point. The book takes us back to the inception of the relationship between Maren and the Demerest family during WWII. The author beautifully captures the time period and the unlikely relationship. Hume then focuses on her granddaughter, Skye, and the troubled relationship with Annie, her mother and Maren’s daughter. The author conveys the snobbishness of the WASP enclave of Haven Point, which becomes a character in this novel. The stories of these women are told with great understanding and sensitivity. The novel begins in the 1940’s and we are taken not only through the lives of the protagonists, but also a social history of 7 decades in America. I enjoyed this book and will highly recommend it to reading groups since there are so many topics to stimulate rich discussion. Bravo, Virginia Hume, for this impressive debut novel. Thank you Netgalley for having the opportunity to read and review this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dkbbookgirl

    Wow- I adored this book! Multi generational look at women and are role in family, culture, and the lies we tell ourselves and others to survive. Set in coastal Maine- the description of the setting was full and rich The characters were very strongly developed HIGHLY RECOMMEND

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carole

    Family sagas have always been a favorite genre and Haven Point by Virginia Hume has ticked all the boxes. Haven Point is a summer enclave in Maine, where families have spent their vacations, generation after generation. The usual politics apply between old families and people from away are not always well tolerated. Maren came to this community as the young wife of the son of an old well-established family. The time was the forties. Over time their young family grew, with two sons and a daughter Family sagas have always been a favorite genre and Haven Point by Virginia Hume has ticked all the boxes. Haven Point is a summer enclave in Maine, where families have spent their vacations, generation after generation. The usual politics apply between old families and people from away are not always well tolerated. Maren came to this community as the young wife of the son of an old well-established family. The time was the forties. Over time their young family grew, with two sons and a daughter, Annie. She is the second generation of this saga and the time period is the seventies. Annie’s daughter, Skye, was born in the new century and she too came to Haven Point . Through seven decades, three generations of these flawed and fascinating women have lived their lives in and out of the summer community. This is relationship fiction at its best. The novel is beautifully written by Virginia Hume and I hope there will be more to come. She has given life to three women that will stay in your head for quite a while, remembering their joys and pains. Highly recommended. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press, NetGalley and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Haven Point by Virginia Hume is a story that involves three different timelines featuring Maren Demarest and her granddaughter, Skye. We get to follow Maren from when she met her future husband, Dr. Oliver Demarest in 1944 through 2008. Haven Point is not what I expected from the blurb. Haven Point does contain good writing and I liked Maren. Her story is the one I preferred. Personally, I felt the story could have done without the three timelines. It could have had a prologue with Maren in 2008 Haven Point by Virginia Hume is a story that involves three different timelines featuring Maren Demarest and her granddaughter, Skye. We get to follow Maren from when she met her future husband, Dr. Oliver Demarest in 1944 through 2008. Haven Point is not what I expected from the blurb. Haven Point does contain good writing and I liked Maren. Her story is the one I preferred. Personally, I felt the story could have done without the three timelines. It could have had a prologue with Maren in 2008 and then go back to 1944 to tell Maren’s tale. While I could keep the three timelines straight, I did feel there were too many extraneous characters. The story felt long which in part is courtesy of the slow pacing. I felt like I was reading forever and that the book would never end. The story picks up around the 80% mark. I felt the author took too long to get tragedy. There is little time left to explore what occurs afterword. I enjoyed learning about the Cadet Corp that paid for high school graduates to get a nursing education. The main characters are developed and realistic. I enjoyed the author’s word imagery of Haven Point, Maine and Fourwinds, The Demarest summer home. I did feel the other characters were flat and I was not a fan of the rich, snobby people who populated Haven Point. The relationship between Maren and Oliver lacked spark. Some changes would have made Haven Point a more compelling novel. There is a recurrent theme throughout the book that I did not expect (not mentioned in the blurb). It makes for a disheartening tale. Haven Point is Virginia Hume’s debut novel and I do see promise. I will be interested to see what she does next. Haven Point is a generational story with love, loss, secrets, betrayal, reconciliation, acceptance, forgiveness, friendship, second chances, and survival.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    This is a heartwarming, yet sad story told from the perspective of a grandmother, Maren, and her granddaughter, Skye, spanning from 1944 to 2008. It bounces between 2008 and different years in the past to provide history to understand what is going on in 2008. Haven Point is an island community off the coast of Maine that is connected to the mainland by a causeway. Most of the story takes place there through different summers over the years. Maren’s in-laws were part of the crowd who had a summer This is a heartwarming, yet sad story told from the perspective of a grandmother, Maren, and her granddaughter, Skye, spanning from 1944 to 2008. It bounces between 2008 and different years in the past to provide history to understand what is going on in 2008. Haven Point is an island community off the coast of Maine that is connected to the mainland by a causeway. Most of the story takes place there through different summers over the years. Maren’s in-laws were part of the crowd who had a summer house at Haven Point. The wives and children go there from mid June through August and the husbands appear on the weekends. Since she did not grow up going to Haven Point, she was treated as an outsider. The author did a wonderful job weaving the storylines. I received a copy of this book to read through NetGalley.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kari Ann Sweeney

    Thank you Netgalley and Macmillian Audio for the early audio copy of Virginia Hume's debut- HAVEN POINT. (PUB DATE - 6.8.21) This is what I consider a quintessential summer read - escapist with substance.  It was perfect for the season- dual storylines/timelines unfurl a multigenerational family saga set on the coast of Maine.  The story follows 3 women: Maren, Annie and Skye, through 1944, 1970 and 2008. Their respective experiences as women dealing with family, friendships, rivalry, secrets, pe Thank you Netgalley and Macmillian Audio for the early audio copy of Virginia Hume's debut- HAVEN POINT. (PUB DATE - 6.8.21) This is what I consider a quintessential summer read - escapist with substance.  It was perfect for the season- dual storylines/timelines unfurl a multigenerational family saga set on the coast of Maine.  The story follows 3 women: Maren, Annie and Skye, through 1944, 1970 and 2008. Their respective experiences as women dealing with family, friendships, rivalry, secrets, personal expectations, grief and forgiveness kept me captivated.   The writing is refreshing, the story line compelling, and the characters are well-defined. The author depicted the setting so vividly that I could almost feel the sea air on my skin (I wish!) 

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kate Trammell

    Haven Point was a perfect Sunday read. I read the whole book as I could not put it down! Haven Point is a family saga set in a close-knit summer community in Maine. Relationships are explored and secrets are revealed. The story line is compelling, the writing is superb and the characters are fully fleshed out. Descriptions are so well done. Although the storylines are from three different generations, the different viewpoints are woven together well and are easy to follow. This book kept my atte Haven Point was a perfect Sunday read. I read the whole book as I could not put it down! Haven Point is a family saga set in a close-knit summer community in Maine. Relationships are explored and secrets are revealed. The story line is compelling, the writing is superb and the characters are fully fleshed out. Descriptions are so well done. Although the storylines are from three different generations, the different viewpoints are woven together well and are easy to follow. This book kept my attention from start to finish. Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – I was thrilled to read this book early and I highly recommend it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan Peterson

    Haven Point is a breathtaking family saga, beautifully written and completely enthralling. Told from the point of view of Maren and her granddaughter Skye, I was swept up in this highly emotional story. I felt deeply for Skye and Marin, caring about what happened to them, feeling their love, their grief, their confusion and their hope. Haven Point is a an enclave of privilege on the Maine Coast, and much of the story revolves around the tension between the people who’ve lived there for generatio Haven Point is a breathtaking family saga, beautifully written and completely enthralling. Told from the point of view of Maren and her granddaughter Skye, I was swept up in this highly emotional story. I felt deeply for Skye and Marin, caring about what happened to them, feeling their love, their grief, their confusion and their hope. Haven Point is a an enclave of privilege on the Maine Coast, and much of the story revolves around the tension between the people who’ve lived there for generations and the newcomers who are never sure if they will ever truly belong. Filled with complex and unforgettable characters, this book worked its way into all the crevices of my heart.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I am very impressed with this debut novel. While there are many characters, the focus is on Maren beginning in 1944 when she is a cadet nurse and falls in love with Doctor Oliver. Marin is from a farming community in Minnesota while Oliver is a Boston elite with a summer home on Haven Point. The story follows Maren’s life to 2008 when her granddaughter returns to Haven Point to carry out her mom’s wishes. It is a compelling story of secrets, friendship and community.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sue Seligman

    This amazing debut novel by Virginia Hume engrossed me from the first word to the last! Set mostly in the beautiful state of Maine, this is a family saga at its finest..following the lives of three generations of women from World War II through 2008. Haven Point, Maine is the backdrop, almost another character in this story of family secrets, love, mother daughter relationships, loyalty and betrayal...all of the ingredients of a traditional generational saga! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and l This amazing debut novel by Virginia Hume engrossed me from the first word to the last! Set mostly in the beautiful state of Maine, this is a family saga at its finest..following the lives of three generations of women from World War II through 2008. Haven Point, Maine is the backdrop, almost another character in this story of family secrets, love, mother daughter relationships, loyalty and betrayal...all of the ingredients of a traditional generational saga! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more by this incredibly talented author! The characters are realistic and empathetic and the vivid descriptions of the setting made me want to move to Maine immediately! Highly recommend this book!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Haven Point is a multi-generation family saga that covers over 70 years of life, strife and dying in the Demarest family mostly centered around their family home in Haven Point, Maine. When I first saw the cover, I thought that this would be a quick read beach book. Was I ever wrong! This book had the beautiful beaches in Maine but it also had fantastic characters and a story line that that covered three main times in the family and is told from the viewpoints of two of the main characters. 1944 Haven Point is a multi-generation family saga that covers over 70 years of life, strife and dying in the Demarest family mostly centered around their family home in Haven Point, Maine. When I first saw the cover, I thought that this would be a quick read beach book. Was I ever wrong! This book had the beautiful beaches in Maine but it also had fantastic characters and a story line that that covered three main times in the family and is told from the viewpoints of two of the main characters. 1944 - Maren is a cadet nurse working at Walter Reed hospital in Washington DC. She wanted to do her best to help the war effort and she was thrilled to get away from her family farm. When she meets Dr Oliver Demarest, there is an immediate spark between them. Even though it's war time and they are both overly busy at their jobs, they marry very quickly. When he takes her to his family home in Maine after the wedding, she realizes that he comes from a family of wealth who are respected in their corner of the world. Maren has trouble making friends because the families in Haven Point don't trust outsiders - actually they are a really snobby group of people. 1970 - Life is difficult between their daughter, Annie and her father. They have different views of life and are on opposite sides of everything. When Annie falls in with the wrong crowd, her parents insist that she quit hanging out with them. After a terrible tragedy happens, Annie leaves Haven Point and vows to never return. 2008 - Annie has come to her grandmother's house in Haven Point to scatter her mother's ashes. Because her mother had poisoned her views of the family home and the people in the town, Annie also views everyone as being snobbish. Maren has to finally decide whether to tell Annie what happened in 1970 and why her mother left in anger. For me, this family saga had it all -- wonderfully written characters, the timelines that told the family stories and the beautiful scenery in Maine. This is a debut novel for the author and I look forward to her future novels. Thanks to goodreads for a copy to read and review. All opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carla Suto

    HAVEN POINT by Virginia Hume is a multi-generational family saga spanning over seven decades of summers spent in an exclusive seaside enclave on the coast of Maine. The story is told mainly in three time periods, 1944, 1970 and 2008, and alternating between the perspectives of Maren Demarest and her granddaughter, Skye. In 1944, Maren Larsen leaves behind her family and the small Minnesota farming town where she lives to become a cadet nurse in Washington, DC during World War II. There she meets HAVEN POINT by Virginia Hume is a multi-generational family saga spanning over seven decades of summers spent in an exclusive seaside enclave on the coast of Maine. The story is told mainly in three time periods, 1944, 1970 and 2008, and alternating between the perspectives of Maren Demarest and her granddaughter, Skye. In 1944, Maren Larsen leaves behind her family and the small Minnesota farming town where she lives to become a cadet nurse in Washington, DC during World War II. There she meets and marries Dr. Oliver Demarest whose prominent and wealthy Boston family has spent their summers in Haven Point, Maine for generations. Maren is never fully accepted by the neighbors, but she does her best to make herself and their children fit in. During the summer of 1970, tragedy befalls the Demarest family, changing their lives forever. In the aftermath, their teen daughter Annie refuses to ever set foot on Haven Point again and when she has a daughter of her own, Annie passes on her negative views to Skye. Upon Annie’s tragic death in 2008, Maren summons Skye to Haven Point to share long-buried family secrets that she hopes will give Skye some insight into her mother. Alternating between past and present, the reader learns what happened to this family during that fateful summer of 1970. Relationships between mothers and their children are at the heart of this story. There is drama, suspense and plenty of emotion woven throughout. The descriptions of the setting in Maine were so vivid, I felt like I was there. I thoroughly enjoyed this sweeping debut novel and highly recommend it. I look forward to reading more from the author in the future. Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read an early copy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda Hutchinson

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Haven Point by Virginia Hume is a multi-generational family saga starting with WWII to more recent times. I loved this book which reminded me of family sagas similar to The Thornbirds in the ’70s. The writing is excellent, the characters are compelling and the story is addictive. This plot revolves around three generations of women led by Maren, Annie, and Skye who are from the Boston blue-blood Demarest family and part of a tight click of families who spend their summers at Haven Poi ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Haven Point by Virginia Hume is a multi-generational family saga starting with WWII to more recent times. I loved this book which reminded me of family sagas similar to The Thornbirds in the ’70s. The writing is excellent, the characters are compelling and the story is addictive. This plot revolves around three generations of women led by Maren, Annie, and Skye who are from the Boston blue-blood Demarest family and part of a tight click of families who spend their summers at Haven Point in Maine. Times are not always easy. But other women in this novel are supporters, who encourage and look after each other which is yet another reason to love this story. Strong friendships forged in hard times are long-lasting. There remain rivalries between old money and new money but, the presence of wars brings about equality whether wanted or not. There are so many great things about this book that I sincerely encourage you to read Haven Point. It will be one of my favorite reads not just this summer, but for the year. . . Thank you to NetGalley for this free ARC, but my thoughts and review are my own and without bias. @netgalley #HavenPoint #virginiahume . . #reading #books #bookstagram #book #read #bookworm #booklover #bookish #bibliophile #reader #SRG #booksofinstagram #booklovers #bookish #lindaleereads2021 #mmdbookclub #idratherbereading #readinglife #mmd #mmdsummerreading #summerreadingguide #junepublication

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jg

    A beautifully well written multi -generational saga set in Haven Point, Maine which is a character in itself. The story has several timelines and begins with Maren meeting her doctor husband Oliver while nursing at Walter Reed Hospital during WWII. Once married he takes her to wealthy and provincial Haven Point where the same families have summered for years and nothing has ever changed. Always an outsider she spends her summers there first with her children, and finally her granddaughter, while A beautifully well written multi -generational saga set in Haven Point, Maine which is a character in itself. The story has several timelines and begins with Maren meeting her doctor husband Oliver while nursing at Walter Reed Hospital during WWII. Once married he takes her to wealthy and provincial Haven Point where the same families have summered for years and nothing has ever changed. Always an outsider she spends her summers there first with her children, and finally her granddaughter, while the story that begins in the 40s ends in the 70s. This story is rich with characters having great depth, changing and growing the more we get to know them over the years. Only at the end do we understand the full picture of their lives and how Haven Point has played a part in their development. We’re given glimpses into the minds of the males but it’s the women we really given the opportunity to know and care for. I loved this book, and it reminded me a little of Anne Rivers Siddons novel The Colony.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Beth Chesterton

    I had the pleasure of reading an advanced readers’ copy of Haven Point. I absolutely LOVED this novel. It has all the hallmarks of a great beach read - the summer community setting and a propulsive story that totally pulls you in. (I finished it in a couple of days and couldn't put it down!) It's got so much more going for it. It's beautifully written, thematically rich and packs a powerful emotional punch. It’s trite to say "I laughed, I cried,” but I did both, more than once, which is unusual I had the pleasure of reading an advanced readers’ copy of Haven Point. I absolutely LOVED this novel. It has all the hallmarks of a great beach read - the summer community setting and a propulsive story that totally pulls you in. (I finished it in a couple of days and couldn't put it down!) It's got so much more going for it. It's beautifully written, thematically rich and packs a powerful emotional punch. It’s trite to say "I laughed, I cried,” but I did both, more than once, which is unusual for me. And, I was sad when I finished it! I didn't want to leave Haven Point or the characters I'd come to love. You will want this book to be packed in your beach bag. But, why wait for the beach, I read it in every room of my house... with the last pages being read between household chores. Standing at the kitchen counter. Sitting at my dressing table. Hiding under covers trying to awaken my husband. Enjoy!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristelle

    I received this copy as an ARC from Net Galley. This novel is wonderful! All of the characters, even the minor ones are complex and filled with both tragedy and hope. The three generations of women are strong and propel their families forward through obstacles, heartbreaks and triumphs. The most glorious part of it though is the setting, Haven Point an exclusive beach community on the coast of Maine, is the true main character, shaping the lives of its families and harboring their secrets for ge I received this copy as an ARC from Net Galley. This novel is wonderful! All of the characters, even the minor ones are complex and filled with both tragedy and hope. The three generations of women are strong and propel their families forward through obstacles, heartbreaks and triumphs. The most glorious part of it though is the setting, Haven Point an exclusive beach community on the coast of Maine, is the true main character, shaping the lives of its families and harboring their secrets for generations.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa W

    Thank you for sending me this book! WOW! I loved this book! You never know what someone has been through in their past and how it is effecting their decisions today. Grace....that is what we can offer people. Lots and lots of grace. Every single person in this book was making assumptions about someone else based on nothing. What an amazing read! I received an advanced reader copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for one of the Best Reads of 2021! This book was phenomenal, I am soooooo sad it ended. Wow, I cannot believe this was a debut novel. Virginia Hume you are some writer. Soooooo many emotions throughout this book, it was Great. I will say it was a little bit confusing going back between storylines and remembering who’s friends with whom but All in All I will Never stop raving about Haven Point. Come on Virginia, get out another book please.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jamckean

    I devoured this fabulous family saga! HAVEN POINT is a beautifully written, engaging story that I could not put down. I was completely engrossed in the lives of these three fascinating women - three generations all connected by their family’s summer home. Virginia Hume masterfully depicts the many ways in which a place can both tether and push us away. A riveting, thought-provoking read for fans of Sarah Blake’s GUEST HOUSE. Loved it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paula Pugh

    This is stirring novel of love, stories untold, social ostracism, alcoholism, and finding reality. I was moved by the sections of today vs. the past the compose the makeup of the characters and of the town of Haven Point. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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