Richly layered Romance with Women's Fiction Layers
June 9, 2013
I know Irene Hannon through her romantic suspense, which I love. That's why when I heard she had a new book out and it was straight romance, I hesitated before jumping on the blog tour. When I love an author for one genre, it can be hard to transition with them to another. Irene did it successfully for me. That Certain Summer is a layered book that explores how four people deal with the ghosts in their past one summer as they also fall in love.
This story is complex with sisters who are about as distant as you can get and a mother who is hyper-critical and pitted them against each other. Add in a secret that has crippled one of them and you have a rich texture for conflict and hope. Then there are two men (one for each sister, of course) equally on journeys that they don't think lead to a future. A book I was hesitant to try quickly became one that pulled me in to the family relationships and the hopes for love and restoration. While it is a large departure from her other books that I've read, I thoroughly enjoyed this romance with women's fiction overtones.
I love Irene Hannon's Suspense novels so i was excited to see she had switched it up a bit and written this book, "That Certain Summer".
"That Certain Summer" is one of those books that you will get so involved in the characters, so much so that you just want to sit down and have a "talk" with them! LOL But just as in our lives, we know that God is in control and we have to stay out of HIS way because after all, HIS way is not just the BEST way but the ONLY way!
This is a book of letting go, forgiving ourselves and others, and coming to learn that our past, however hurtful it was, can also be a gift to learning the life lessons and that our future can be sooo much more than you ever dreamed possible. New Beginnings are on the horizon!
This new offering from Irene Hannon will tug at your heartstrings and involve in the lives of 4 people who are going through struggles in their lives. This is not one of Irene's suspense novels but there is nothing lacking in That Certain Summer as far as the story or the depth of the characters is concerned.
Karen and Val are brought back together after their suffers a stroke. Karen has always been the capitulating daughter and wife. Val has lead a carefree glamorous life as a singer. Or so they've believed...
But no one's life is as it appears and this summer they are both about to discover who the other one is. Both Karen and Val made choices when they were younger that has had an affect on their lives up to the present day. But some choices have a lasting affect only because we let them and we cling to the guilt because we don't believe we have been forgiven by God and we can't or won't forgive ourselves.
But Val and Karen's summer of healing involves more than just themselves as they have dealings with two men who are going through times of upheaval in their own lives. Scott was the lone survivor of a crash that killed his future as far as he is concerned. David has just moved to Washington with his young daughter Victoria.
Can healing come from reaching out to others and not focusing on ourselves and our own troubles? Travel to Washington and discover the truth for yourself! We all have a certain summer that changes our life and this one may change yours. Be sure to have a box of tissue nearby - you will need it (in the last third of the book!).
That Certain Summer touches on the issues of divorce, remarriage, abortion, and death in non-judgmental and a loving Christ centered way. This would be a book to share with anyone dealing with any of these issues.
I was provided a copy of this book by Revell in exchange for my honest review.
Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.