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Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: River North
Publication Date: 2015
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A dying wish alters the course of a young womans life.
Life hadnt been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessnesscaring for her ailing parents and running her grandmothers bookstoreshe had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love… didnt turn out. She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing somethingor someone.
Opportunity strikes when Granny sends Summer on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree, a kind but gangly young man from Summers past. A childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?
With lovable characters and surprising twists, Summers List is a simple delight.
"Anita Higman writes beautiful fiction that really reaches readers where they are. Summer's List is no exception. Summer's Granny Snow has written a list that she wants Summer to accomplish--including finding an old friend, take a hot air balloon ride, fall in love with a dog, right an old wrong, and kiss someone you love. There are other items on the list, but this gives a good start to the list. Granny has been holding something back from Summer--she's dying of congestive heart failure and there is nothing that can be done about it. She wants Summer to do these things in order to find out what God has planned for her.
In reconnecting with a friend, the friend on Granny's mind is Martin Langtree--a friend from Summer's childhood who was adopted after his mother died and Summer lost track of him. Then Granny wanted Martin to accompany Summer on the quest of completing the list. Granny knew that Summer would need someone sympathetic to help her through some rough times coming up, and it wouldn't be the fiance she just broke up with.
Martin lives behind his brothers in a caretaker's cottage on his parents' estate. His brothers live in the big house and all three are somewhat happy with the arrangement. The only mystery is where their parents are. Desmond and Ivan don't care for Martin and Martin is not sure why there is such animosity. The brothers tried all their lives to get their father's approval while Martin was working for their mother's approval. None of them got what they wanted while they were growing up, and that added to the family dysfunction.
This is the setup for Summer's List. Working through animosities and bringing healing to the characters is one of the tasks Anita put in front of herself in writing this novel. Her characters are empathetic, with their own set of foibles and warts while trying to find their way through life's difficulties. Her settings are whimsical and totally complement the plot. The plot pacing is quite comfortable--neither too fast nor too slow. It was quite a delight to read Anita's latest offering. Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a list of adventures to keep you intrigued.
My thanks to Moody Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book."
Reviewed by Becky Guinn, Apr 3, 2015
"Summer's List is a sweet, touching read. Summer set aside her own dreams to care for others and although she did this she has been content with her life and how it is turning out. However, one night her life is completely turned upside down - Summer is suddenly single, she finds out devastating news from her grandmother and she is given a list on gold paper.
I realty enjoyed this book, the storyline, the characters, how nicely the story flowed and everything that was woven into the story. This is a quick read as you are not going to want to put it down as you will become completely immersed in the story and in Summer's life and fulfilling the list."
Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto, Net Galley, Jul 10, 2015
Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Very Good Contemporary StoryNovember 15, 2016Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
Summer stops in unexpectedly to visit her Grandmother after canceling her engagement. Her Grandmother has unhappy news to tell Summer. Granny is going to die. Granny has made a list of items she wants Summer to do. Granny wants Summer to take time off from running the bookstore Granny started and she wants Summer to do things that Summer has not taken time for. Granny has one stipulation. Summer is to do the list with Martin Langtree.
Summer put off going to college to care for her ailing parents and took over the operation of Granny's book store. Summer has put off fulfilling her dreams to help others. Summer also has not been lucky in finding love. The list is Granny's way to force Summer to revisit her youthful dreams and possibly find love.
Summer and Martin were childhood friends that lost track of each other after Martin's mother died and he moved with another family. They have not seen each other for years. Their friendship is quickly reborn and they go through the list together. While going through the list, Summer helps Martin and his two brother to find out things they did not know about their past and their family.
I really enjoyed reading this book. There were twists and turns through out the whole story. There actually were little stories within the main story and it was fun to see how they all tie in together. It was fun to read how Martin's step brothers were affected by their childhood and how they were able to move past it. I liked that the brothers went from being completely dependent on their parent's money to getting jobs and reaching out to others. As well as to see how the characters changed their feeling about God.
This is a very good contemporary Christian fictions story. The Christian part of the story is so mild that I think everyone who enjoys contemporary fiction would enjoy this book.
I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers and I have written an honest review.
Publisher: River North
CherylAge: 45-54Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Love the premise - but the narration and dialogue was strange.August 24, 2016CherylAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3Summers List, by Anita Higman, is different than most stories I read, so please keep that in mind while weighing my review.
I love the premise of this bookSummer is sent on a quest by her grandmother, to fulfill a list of things-to-do in hopes of discovering Gods plan for her life. Doesnt that sound unique and endearing?
There are so many good things about this book, but there are others that bothered me and took me out of the story.
First, the narration is wordy and doesnt sound natural:
e.g. he whirled off amidst the live harp music, which floated around them as did the scents of fine cuisine and expensive perfume, and the smell of money.
Secondly, the dialogue doesnt flow smoothly:
e.g. Never mind that. I know. I wasnt listening. No matter what you would have said, I would have followed my own path. I only saw the glow of Elliot, and hes quite the beacon, isnt he?
Summers List is an interesting read, but wouldve been more enjoyable with a more natural voice and language. The hitches I experienced due to the narration and dialogue may not bother you at all, but it kept me from becoming as invested as Id hoped.
Publisher: River North
First Lines: The engagement ring was stuckjust like her life. Summer glanced toward the heavens and sighed the sigh of love gone awry. Again.
I received a Review Copy from the publisher.
KateAndMrTFt Worth, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Shows what love, faith and prayer can do in our lives!September 24, 2015KateAndMrTFt Worth, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a fun summer read for me! Granny is getting older and wants her grand daughter Summer to live life, as so far Summer has given up a lot of her life due to family. I can relate to this part, it is easy to let our life slide away as we are busy taking care of others; however, Summer was running a bookstore that was on it's last leg, so it's a big leap of faith, and a love for her grandmother, that has Summer off to do the bucket list created for her by her grandmother. It didn't take long for Summer to gather her courage and set off on several mini-adventures, including reconnecting with her childhood best friend, making amends and growing as a person. I did have one part that I balked at - if Summer was running a bookstore that wasn't making a lot of money, I'm not sure how she managed to plop down what would have been a minimum of $700 for one of her bucket list adventures (she went on an adventure that happens to be on my personal bucket list, so I'm well aware of the cost, as I've been saving for it!) As with most books, there are some times that my imagination has to stretch, but that one was a bit too far for me; however, beyond that one item, the rest of the book put together different situations and scenarios that showed how much love and faith and prayer can do in our lives and I really enjoyed going on the adventures with Summer!
Booklover104 Stars Out Of 5The power of forgivenessJuly 8, 2015Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I felt like this book had a slower start, but once I read a few pages I was hooked. I'll be very honest, though. I couldn't stand Desmond and Ivan. I dreaded seeing their names pop up in the story because they were just horrid!
At first I was even unsure about Martin. He grew as the story went along and was definitely not the same person as the he was described as in the beginning of the story. Summer was a sweet girl who had given up a lot to help take care of her family. I liked the idea of her grandmother creating a list for her to complete over a few weeks. Her grandmother was a lady who was very easy to like and made me miss my own grandma as I reflected over several parts in the story.
There was a little mystery in the book because no one knows where Martin's parents have gone. There's anger and bitterness and just pure hate. However, there's also love, forgiveness, confidence, and God meeting people where they are.
One of my favorite scenes in the story happens close to the end when Desmond does something that others view as heroic. I felt like that was the climax of the story and the story changed a little for me after that.
This wasn't a fast paced book, but it was a beautiful story of forgiveness and making things right, as well as redemption.
I received this book free from River North Publishers and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Summer's List by Anita HigmanJuly 6, 2015MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Summer List**** by Anita Higman
Summer Snow owns/operates the book store her beloved Granny started many years ago. Now Granny is very ill and Summer is having a hard time with the prognoses and wants to spend as much time with her as possible. But Granny has other plans, she has made up a list of things that she wants Summer to do in the upcoming weeks. One of those items on the list is Summer's childhood friend, Martin, who she had lost touch with when he moved years ago. Can she just walk up to his door and renew their friendship? What else is on that list for Summer? Will Martin welcome her and help her with her list?
I fell in love with Grannyshe is full of godly wisdom and love and is the heart of the story. I liked Summer's heart for others, especially her Granny and how she learns to allow God to guide her in all things as she goes through trials and challenges. I have to say that I did not like Summer's x-finance at all and was happy she broke off with him. Martin is a little strange or maybe quirky (in a good way) is a better description, but I really like him. He and Summer are great together and like the same thingsthings so very different than the rest of the world. I like that he has a strong faith and prays for his brothers and watches over them. Martin's two brothers, Desmond and Ivan, really had an attitude...especially toward Martin. I so wanted to have a good long talk with them and straighten them out some. In the end, I found myself starting to like them..a little..after some unexpected things happenedI'm not telling, you will have to read the book. There is some good advice in the story...like when Granny tells Summer, it is a reminder to us all that we don't know all the details of why a person becomes who they are. And after a broken heirloom vase that was pieced back together again shows how God takes our brokenness and makes it whole again by His Love. There is so much to this story that captured my attention and heart. It is not just a romance story, but has humorwhich found me laughing with them, bittersweet moments, heartwarming, uplifting, restoration, forgiveness, secrets revealed, love and is inspirationala strong faith thread throughout.
~I received a copy of this book from author for my honest review~