Sunday, May 20, 2012

One Summer --by David Baldacci

337 Pages
Footnotes/Endnotes: No
Illustrations: No
Suitable for eReaders: Yes

Rainy Day first 'met' David Baldacci when she read Wish You Well, in one sitting. Wish You Well is not a thriller, it is a well written story of Love. Then Rainy Day became reacquainted when she read The Christmas Train, also in one sitting. And when she saw One Summer on the shelf the other day, well, you guessed it. Another one-sitting read.

David Baldacci is well known for his thrillers. Rainy Day has yet to read any of them, so can't give you a comparison. But she can tell you about One Summer. Like the other two mentioned above, it is a story of Love. Please, Gentle Reader, do not confuse a good love story with a bodice ripping romance! Baldacci's love stories are not of the romance genre.

Jack is dying of a rare and incurable disease, he has, at best, days left to be with his wife and 3 children. It is Christmas Eve and his wife, Lizzie, is killed. His mother in law splits the children up between her remaining two children and herself, sells the house and all it's contents, and sends Jack off to a hospice to die. His children on the other side of the country, Jack faces death alone.

Only Jack doesn't play by the rules.

One Summer is a story about a family and their love for each other and for their friends. It is a story of that family as it struggles to learn what it means to love, and to forgive. It is a story about One Summer, when Love is found in an old house, and Life begins again.

Pure escape, pure fun, and a darned good read!

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