A Love Letter to the Jersey Shore


Once a month, I write a blog post for The Lipstick Chronicles. Please hop over to read my love letter to the Jersey Shore (the place; definitely not the show!)



  1. Margo on February 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Omigosh Diane, as I sit here crying and wiping away tears of many emotions, I am reminded of my summer days spent at a summer bungalow similar to yours. Every summer my parents took us to Clear Lake which is 2 hours from our home…the same memories exist that you write about. I think what got to me most was the secret excursion you took your mother on with you sister…what a heartfelt and loving moment for all 3 of you.
    I’m so glad you changed PRIVATE RELATIONS to the Jersey Shore instead of New York…I can’t imagine the story any place else!
    When you wrote THE BAY AT MIDNIGHT I felt like I was at our Clear Lake Cottage again, and yet I know it was your beloved Su-Nan-To.
    Thank you for sharing such a magical love letter with us.
    It is not only soulful words for yourself but a reminder of days gone by and heartfelt summer days for all of us.

  2. Diane Chamberlain on February 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    margo, you are such a sweetie. Thanks for your comments.

  3. Ann on February 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    What a wonderful letter. We never owned a vacation home but we went to the same house at the Outer Banks every August starting when I was a 12 year old. It was very rustic but we loved it. That is where my love of the Outer Banks began. Even though the Banks have changed SO much I still remember those wonderful summers in the rustic oceanfront cottage. {no airconditioning – an ice box instead of a refrigerator – a bathroom on the porch – no tub just a shower with mostly cold water – storms that turned off the power} Don’t ask why I have such wonderful memories of that cottage and those times but I do!!!
    I am here at the Outer Banks today in an oceanfront house that has everything and I still think of that old cottage. It is not there any more but we ride by and see some of the old ones that still remain and with a smile I recall those old days.

  4. Diane Chamberlain on February 19, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Ann, I wonder how we’d feel without all those amenities today? It seemed so idyllic when we were kids, but what was it like for our mothers cooking for everyone in those conditions? LOL. Su-Nan-To had one tiny bathroom and often slept as many as 13 people!

Leave a Comment