Seeking Sara Summers

A novel by Susan Gabriel.

In this elegant love story with a uniquely twenty-first-century twist, the reader is taken on a journey into the soul of relationship. Sara Summers Stanton has raised a family but her 25-year marriage is showing cracks in the facade and now she’s dealing with breast cancer. In a rare moment of taking care of herself instead of everyone else, Sara takes a sabbatical and goes on the trip to Italy she has always dreamed of taking. This search for a more authentic life leads to Julia, a friend she hasn’t seen since they were inseparable as girls, nearly 30 years earlier. In Florence, they reunite and their friendship continues where it left off. An unexpected attraction to one another threatens to turn Sara’s already shaky world upside down. Sara’s inner conflict and subsequent choices reveal an unpredictable yet dynamic future for everyone affected. An emotional and lyrical novel, Seeking Sara Summers is a timeless story about commitment, transformation and love.

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“Gabriel renders Sara’s growing attraction and conflict with insight. There is a real sense of what is at stake for all three of these characters: Sara, Julia and Grady. A beautiful and powerful story.”

Heather O'Neill

Book Reviewer, AfterEllen

“I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story and can appreciate great writing.”

Lily Stone

Author of Spark of Magic

“Thanks so much for writing this book—it was a slice of heaven to read about that beautiful country and to feel two people fall in love. I really, really enjoyed it! My favorite parts: the way you depicted the statue in all the crucial scenes, then tied it in with the necklace, the way you made the marriage very believable, the journey of the character realizing that she actually had, for the first time, found LIFE in Italy as well as love. Great fun to read.”

Mari SanGiovanni

Author of Greetings From Jamaica, Wish you Were Queer

“What a great story, a love story that spans time and distance! The characters are fully imagined but also real, and have stayed with me long after I finished the book. As they make their way from confinement to freedom, resignation to aliveness, they push the edge of the possibilities we all have within us for a fuller life. I think many readers will see themselves and will be inspired to climb whatever walls they need to scale to be who they really are. The writing is vivid and lyrical. The scenes set in Italy made me want to run out and buy a plane ticket. I’ve also been reading Gabriel’s blog. Her writing is fresh, insightful and skillful. I’m looking forward to her next book.”

Jeanette Reid

Black Mountain, NC

“My retired husband predicts that you have a best seller on your hands (at chapter 20). He grabbed up your book the minute it arrived. Then he adds, you just don’t want to put it down, it is so well written. While I sit here and drool, waiting my turn.”

Josephine L.

Summerville SC

“I started reading Seeking Sara Summers with my breakfast tea and couldn’t put it down until I had finished it—even missed my trip to the gym. I laughed and cried and felt warmed by the Tuscan sun.”

Ann B.

Asheville, NC

“Thank you for capturing so memorably the confusion, frustration, fears and longings–and ultimately the beauty of a woman’s life.”

Zoe J.

Greensboro, NC

“I received my copy yesterday afternoon. I sat down to start reading it after dinner and didn’t put it down until I had finished! A beautiful tale that took me on a real roller coaster ride of emotions. Italy was just divine I was transported there, the wine, the food, crazy Italian taxi drivers. You made me believe in love again. Thank you so much for your talent.”



“I didn’t get much sleep last night! I started Seeking Sara Summers and couldn’t put it down!, the descriptions are just enough to let the mind fill in, and the story, is so universal, and at the same time, NOT . . .I loved it. I really can see it on the NY Times Bestseller list. Send a copy to Oprah!!”

Deb Hall

Colorado Springs, CO

“I just finished reading Seeking Sara Summers, and wanted to drop you a note to thank you for an excellent story. I loved every moment, it was so very intimate to be inside Sara’s head all through her journey.”


Madrid, Spain

“I LOVED THE BOOK!!! That is the fastest I have read anything in a long time, couldn’t put it down and I just bawled through parts! You are fantastic!”

Jennifer V.

Windsor, CO

“I’ve read plenty of fiction in my life, everything from junky beach books to classic literature. I loved this book. Gabriel is a clever, funny, profound writer who quickly takes you into the inner world of her characters, while taking you on an external journey that keep you glued to the page. Sara’s character jumps from the pages and her transformation has impacted and inspired me.”

Jackie W.

Loveland, CO

“What a journey! I felt like I had been to Italy with Sara but even more vividly, I shared her journey of the heart.”

Carter G.

New Hope, PA

“Both Sara and Julia are beautiful women that you would truly love to have in you circle of friends. I think whether you are married, single, partnered or whatever, many women will LOVE this book!”

Phyllis P.

Boston, MA

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