Saturday, June 8, 2013

That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800722493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800722494

Book is also available as an e-book

June 1, 2013
Karen and Val are family--yet they're anything but close. Karen has carried the burden of responsibility for her aging mother ever since her gorgeous sister left town years ago to pursue a career in theater. But Val had darker reasons for leaving town--as well as a secret to keep--and coming home has never been an option . . . until their mother suffers a stroke.

Reunited in their hometown, Karen and Val must grapple with their past mistakes, their relationship with each other, and their issues with a mother who is far from ideal. When a physical therapist raising his daughter alone and a handsome but hurting musician enter the picture, the summer takes on a whole new dimension. As their lives intersect and entwine, can each learn how to forgive, how to let go, and how to move on? And strengthened by the healing power of faith, might they also find the courage to love?

With her trademark compelling characters and heartwarming hope, fan favorite Irene Hannon offers her readers an inspiring true-to-life tale of complex family relationships, transgressions revealed and forgiven, and the complicated process of finding love.

My take on this book:
Karen Butler has plenty on her plate. She is dealing with the aftermath of a divorce where her husband left her for a younger woman, working a full time job, and dealing with a teen age daughter who is having problems with the divorce. In addition to this she has always been the one to see after her mother Margaret. When her mother suffers a mild stroke Karen knows she is going to need help, and calls her sister Val who had left home to pursue a career in theater and never looked back. Will the sisters be able to work thru old hurts to find that special bond that only exists between sisters!

When I pick up a book by Irene Hannon I normally expect to read a suspense filled read, but what I got with "That Certain Summer" was a nice change of pace that deals with the issue of family. The character of Karen was one that was so easy to understand, she had carried around ideals that made her feel as if she was less than her sister Val.She was also dealing with problems also associated with being divorced, becoming a single mother, and dealing with an aging parent.Her story was very realistic and is easy to relate to.  It was interesting to see that Val, who for all outward appearances seemed very confident was dealing with issues of her own.It was nice to see the healing that went on between the two sisters. The romance that develops for both added another layer to the story. Overall, a realistic story that deals with relationships, healing, and family.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

"Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

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