Sunday, June 30, 2013

That Certain Summer: A Book Review

About The Book:

Two very different sisters . . . an unexpected homecoming . . . one unforgettable summer
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 sister left town years ago to pursue a career in theater. But Val had other reasons for moving away--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 past mistakes as they care for their ailing mother. When two handsome men enter the picture, the summer takes on a surprising new dimension. As their lives intersect, can each of them learn how to forgive, let go, and 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, award-winning author Irene Hannon pens an inspiring true-to-life tale of complex relationships, the search for forgiveness, and the life-changing process of finding love.

You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format.

About The Author:

Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of over forty books, including more than two dozen contemporary romance novels and the Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have garnered many honors, including two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, and two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. In addition, Booklist included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri.

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My Review:

I have been reading Irene Hannon's books for several years now, and was very excited to have the opportunity to review her most recent novel, That Certain Summer. While I knew that Hannon wrote contemporary romance, I haven't actually read any of her books from that genre. But I loved her mystery/suspense series', Heros of Quantico and Guardians of Justice. 

As I began reading That Certain Summer, I realized that each character had a lot of issues, and felt that this makes them so relateable to the people reading the book. There will be at least one character that you will connect to as you read. I know I did. It was great to see how each character related to one another and see the various relationships develop through the book. It was great to see the family relationships exist and see how love, despite trials and frustrations, always leads the way to restoration. Not always in the way and time we want, but always in the God's ways and time. A great reminder of this truth. 

The book was well written and flowed nicely. Was easy to read, and was also a quick read, finishing it in a couple days. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase That Certain Summer at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communication Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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