Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Book Review - That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon

Publisher's blurb: 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.

My review: I found this book slow going. It plodded on in places. The story was ok, but forgettable. I find myself disliking books that portray the lead woman as weak, boring doormats. Sure there are woman out there like that, but we all aren't. I find many authors use the weak woman role to help us sympathize with the character - I instantly dislike the character for not standing up for herself. I don't sympathize or relate to that personality at all. I can't say I liked this book all that much or will remember it in a couple months. Probably would not recommend this book to others.

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

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