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That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon

Family. Where would we be without our family? How much does our nurturing effect whom we become? And how much of what is below the surface impact how we treat our family and those we hold the closest? These questions are key to the characters interactions in That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon.

Karen has always been the reliable one. The sister that stayed around to care for her aging parents. The responsible one that would never let her employer or her family down. She often feels like she has too much on her plate, but is unable to determine what to let go. She has to take care of her parents, her family, her job and her church duties.
Val is the sister who left. As soon as she could she left town and started a new life for herself in the big city. She is beautiful, talented and sought after. Yet she feels alone and unable to connect with anyone in a deep way.

When their mother has a stroke, Karen quickly realizes that she can't handle this all on her own. She calls her sister Val to come back home and help care for their mother for the summer. Little did either of them know, but this would be the summer that would change everything and finally bring the sisters closer together.

This book is an engaging and interesting read, one that would be great of the beach or by the pool this summer. I found that I could certainly relate to the character of Karen and that made this story work for me.  It is also great to see how the characters faith makes a difference in their lives in a realistic way. Things are far from perfect and that is good because that is real life.

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


Irene Hannon said…
Thank you so much for the lovely review of my latest!

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