Sunday, 15 September 2013

That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon

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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.

Review: Irene Hannon is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. She consistently produces top quality, riveting, intelligent novels. I am a huge fan of her series “Heroes of Quantico”, “Guardians of Justice”, and her new series “Private Justice”.

Her first stand-alone novel, “That Certain Summer” is certainly different than her usual, crime-based novels. That being said, it was interesting to follow her through the pages as she penned this thought-provoking, emotional story. The two sisters, Val and Karen, could not be more different. While I am not generally a fan of family-drama stories, I found myself being pulled into Val and Karen's stories. The two women and their problems are so real. 

As much as there was romance in this book, the story almost didn't need it. The self-discovery, forgiveness, and individual journeys each of these women took was fulfilling all on its own. The romance was just icing on the cake. 

I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of this genre. 

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications , Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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