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A trip to Sumner Island for a seance is right up historian Mitch's alley, but something is awry, the magnificent hotel at the island's center seems to keep changing..."...

Title : Sumner Island
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ISBN : 9781935557012
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 280 Pages
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Sumner Island Reviews

  • Kristina
    2019-03-25 00:36

    I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this one. There's a it of mystery, a bit of romance, and a bit of paranormal. (keep in mind this is not paranormal as in vampires and werewolves, but as in ghosts and contact with them) It was a defenite spin on what the regular paranormal romance reader thinks of. It was so refreshing to see more of a real life take to the story...because let's face it...we all wonder what really exists right?Michael Cormier's ability build up his characters slowly but surely was amazing. He gave you just enough to keep you hooked on the story, but not enough that you'd figure out the outcome right away. I loved that I was able to make the connections between the characters myself but not feel as if I knew the ending.It really was a type of "love has no boundaries" story. I even decided to check into some of the things I found in the story because I found it fascinating. I ended up reading the book in one sitting because I wanted to know what happened to the characters and how all the details fell into place. I have to say I loved the was perfect, and left a little tear in my eye for the main man of the book. So this one gets a defenite thumbs up from me! I hope to more work from Michael in the future because I was REALLY impressed with his work on "Sumner Island."

  • Tara Chevrestt
    2019-02-23 04:47

    This was a very enjoyable read. The main character is Mitch, a modern day history professor with an obsession with a deceased 1920s socialite, Maria Boudreau. After writing a biography on the lady that holds his infatuation, Mitch travels to Sumner Island, Maria's former summertime home for a weekend seance thing.Despite his skeptism, Mitch desperately wants to talk to Maria. He does a few group activities with the pro ghost hunters, but surprisingly, Mitch gets more action on his own walking around the island. Mitch sees dead people. (Yea, it sorta had a "Sixth Sense" feel sometimes..) Sometimes the dead people talk to him.. sometimes he just observes the 1920s goings on, and one time, he even gets to be involved and dance with Maria. Maria isn't communicating with Mitch in order to waltz with him tho. She has an ulterior motive; show Mitch who killed her on her 21st birthday and why. Can Mitch get to the bottom of the murder of Maria Boureau and keep his own hide intact? If he saves his hide, can he save his heart? The book also has a very intriguing cast of characters, both past and present. From the present, there are two ghost" hunters that do seances and communicate with the dead and an old man that actually knew Maria but is keeping a few secrets. From the past, readers meet a debonair 1920s piano player, Maria herself, and Robert, a jealous boyfriend.I was really quite enthralled with this book, but I never could figure out the Wendy angle. I feel her character was so insignificant, she could very well have been eliminated alltogether. Also, the ending had a bit too much testosterone. To put it bluntly, it started feeling like "My you know what is bigger than yours" when the men started going at it. A great read tho and I rarely do the paranormal thing so that's a compliment from me.

  • Judith
    2019-03-04 04:43

    Ghost-Hunting at the Smythe, a luxury hotel/resort located on Sumner Island, off the coast of Maine. The very same Smythe where Maria Boudreau, "America's Princess" in the last century's Golden Age, met an untimely and violent end in 1924....eighty years before this story takes place. Mitchell Lambert, history professor at Fowler College, made his literary mark with a popular biography of Miss Boudreau. Mr Lambert is a tad obsessed with our Maria...some would call it LOVE. The ghost hunt is the result of several sightings of Boudreaus's people not in love with her. Psychics, bystanders,and a cranky, psychotic spirit plus a Wise Old Man with a personal stake in the story's outcome...all make for a fine cast of characters.Paranormal Romance is not my genre of choice but I did enjoy this book. Mr Cormier is a crackerjack story teller, and a decent stylist. the prose had "flow" and only hit a few bumps toward the end, when all the paranormal "Bells & Whistles" flew thick and fast...a bit much, in my opinion. All the "massed spirits of the long dead", the phenomenal thunder storm with attendant lightning strikes/fires..and the sudden lack of oxygen...left me a little breathless..and impatient for the story's end. The malevolent spirit was so, indeed..then came across as a petulant frat boy with a murderous streak.. Mitch Lambert was a bit "soft" as a character..too moony by half, but maybe Academics are like that now. In my day, they just drank too much and tried to charm the pants off college girls..Oh well. Small complaints, when all is said and done. the ending was..well...paranormal. Love does endure through the ages...I liked the book,in spite of the "flaws" which are not such...just my quibbles. This is a good summer read if you like your novels not-too-heavy..but not floating off into the air. The period detail was it present day or late-Victorian past. This is not Paranormal of the Heaving Bosom variety, rather it's more cerebral....unto the slightly obsessive. The Passion here is of the hopeful sort. Good food-for-thought that won't give you a headache, or set you to yawning.This is a review of an ARC.3 Stars

  • Kathleen Kelly
    2019-03-24 03:01

    Book Description from PublishingWorks, Inc."Mitch is an avid historian drawn especially to the story of “America’s Princess,” Maria Boudreau. A trip to Sumner Island for a seance is right up his alley, but something is awry, the magnificent hotel at the island’s center seems to keep changing. Is this a case of heat stroke or something darker? Join Mitch as he travels across time and history chasing the ghost of his true love."Meet Mitch Lambert who is a Professor at Fowler College and he wrote a book titled "America's Princess" for his thesis.The object of the story is Maria Boudreau,rich, beautiful young woman who's life is cut short at the age of 21 in the 1920's. Mitch travels to Sumner Island to observe a seance that is taking place at the hotel on the island called Smythe Resort. Mitch meets the owner of the cottage he will be staying at for the weekend, Mr.Arndt and through him Mitch will learn what happened so long ago as Mr. Arndt is in his nineties and has a lot of stories to tell.While at this resort Mitch starts having visions of a much earlier time at the resort and it has to do with the mystery surrounding Maria Boudreau's death which is still shrouded in secrecy as to what actually happened that fateful night in the tower room of the hotel. As these visions continue, Mitch is pulled into the past as he tries to figure out whether what he is seeing is actually the past or is it just the heat?? And how much his visions cost him. To say too much more would spoil this review. This is a ghost story that was a delight to read. From the beauty of the island to the 'love' story at it's root, the author's descriptions will make you feel like you are there in the this "golden time" in history. I highly recommend this paranormal book that will have you immersed in the story until the end. This book was provided free of any obligation by Publishing Works, Inc. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

  • Irene
    2019-03-17 04:33

    Usually I am able to detect the villainous character near the beginning of an ordinary mystery. Not so with SUMNER ISLAND which truly is a combination of contemporary fiction, paranormal (or supernatural, as we once identified it, thus leaving out present-day fascination with vampires), and a bit of pure romance.Mitchell Lambert, a young professor with an escalating future, which is in large part due to his painstakingly researched biography of a young, beautiful heiress, decides to broaden his investigation further by visiting the previously unseen locale where the tragic events led to her premature death. Despite his sophomoric demeanor and self-indulgent obsessive love for Maria Boudreau, “America’s Princess” in the early 1920’s, Mitch is an engaging character, and his enthusiastic, yet exhausting quest for additional information about Maria’s last day at the Smythe Resort propel him into extraordinary circumstances that offer personal insight not only into Maria’s life, but also into the murderous path of an otherworldly and ghostly psychopath.Bunking in a small cabin offered to him by a mystifying character by the name of Dr. Arndt, and puzzled by the unwarranted attention from his host, as well as the daily invitations to dine at the Resort as his guest, Mitch eventually looks upon “Teddy” Arndt as an unanticipated mentor and eventually, a familiar friend.Overflowing with ghostly apparitions and linear time travel, SUMNER ISLAND is the quintessential narrative of brilliantly researched period fiction, alternating with an equally extensive scrutiny of contemporary fiction. To offer more would entail “spoilers.” Suffice it to say, it was an authentic presentation of possibility, utterly believable and richly satisfying. Reminiscent of GHOST STORY, yet less frightening and more appealing, Michael Cormier offers an alluring and memorable tale complete with an impressive and exquisitely detailed description of a mythical island and its grand resort.

  • Stefan Yates
    2019-03-05 03:58

    Sumner Island is an entertaining mystery/ghost story and a well-written debut novel that I found to be thoroughly engaging. The story focuses on a history professor and an author of a book on the history of an early 1900's "American Princess" and the events surrounding her life and death. He's come to the island to hopefully assist in the investigation of recent reports of supernatural activities on the island. No, it's not one of those who-done-its that keep you guessing up until the very end, but there are a couple of twists and turns that help keep things a bit on the mysterious side as things move along. The strongest points to this story are the easy to sympathize with characters and the fabulous history intertwined with the story. Mr. Cormier has a style of writing that draws the reader in easily and keeps the attention fixed to the storyline from start to finish. Overall, I really enjoyed this first novel and look forward to reading more from this new author.

  • Cindy Griffin
    2019-03-15 06:47

    Sumner Island, by Michael Cormier, has everything to make it a good summer book. There are ghosts, love lost, love found, and murder all set in a historical resort that was at one time a play land of the rich and famous. The book started off slow for me, but became more engaging as I read. There is a tremendous amount of detail that I thought was unnecessary at first. The detailed descriptions in the book become important as we discover how the characters are connected. The importance of those details becomes clearer as the book nears the end. Sumner Island is a good first novel; I look forward to more from Cormier.

  • Kristine Asselin
    2019-02-24 02:50

    If you like light paranormal (think ghosts not vampires) romance, I think you'll enjoy this book. There were a couple of places where I would have liked more detail (just more--romance, more fear, more more you know?), but over all, I liked it.

  • Laura Chase
    2019-03-19 06:00

    Fun read especially if you're interested in ghost stories and/or reincarnation.

  • Linda
    2019-02-25 05:48

    I picked this book up at the library as an option for my husband to read then started to read it myself when I was between book club books. I enjoyed the story (how to describe it, one man's interest in the history of Sumner Island and one of it's most famous inhabitants and his unrealized connection to the ghost of that person and a touch of romance thrown in to boot, but just a touch). The pacing kept me moving forward and looking forward to the times when I could return to my reading. A twist or two I didn't see coming and/or predicted wrongly. Worth a read if you want something interesting but not terribly demanding.

  • Maribeth
    2019-03-19 00:33

    The plot to this book was strong but I sometimes wished the author had gone into a bit more detail, or spent more time with several of the main characters to really develop them. There were characters in the story that by the end, i couldn't really figure out why they were written in because they didn't seem to add anything important...[return]A little romance, a little ghost story- and what, time travel? I'm not sure. This book was entertaining but as I already stated, left a something more to be desired. The story had a lot of potential to be more than it was.

  • Jen Silva
    2019-02-28 04:01

    I enjoyed the mystery, but found the romance a but far fetched and I'm not so into the paranormal stuff or the way the author explained it. But being from New England and knowing some of the isle of shoals history and star island haunting stories I thought it would be a fun summer read.

  • Kristin
    2019-03-21 02:32

    Good short summer story. It made me think of Somewhere in Time movie.