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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Book Review - That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon

Karen Butler was the daughter who stayed home, the one who everyone depended on for nearly everything, and the one who was turned to when her mother suffered a debilitating stroke. But Karen had almost more than she could handle in her life – recently divorced, working full-time, and dealing with a sullen teenager daughter with a broken leg. She needed help, and it was time for her sister Val to step up.

Valerie Montgomery was the shining star in her mother’s somewhat delusional world. Valerie had left home to go to college and never returned. She pursued a career in acting and was now happily teaching high school drama in Chicago. But when her sister called, desperate for help, Val knew it was time to go back home and help out the best she could. She never dreamed the trip back would be one that would bring back old and unpleasant memories, memories she had never faced up to. And she never dreamed that she would meet someone who could change her life, if she let a bit of her heart thaw.

It would be a defining summer for Val, Karen, and their family. The past would be confronted, the present would be embraced, and even their sour, ill-tempered mother would finally be understood – a miracle in itself. It would be summer of change, of forgiveness and of hope.

Author Irene Hannon is well known for her suspenseful intrigue novels, but with “That Certain Summer” she brings forth a side of her writing that includes a great deal of faith, a generous helping of inspiration, and a dash of romance to create a novel that is charming and captivating.

Hannon’s characters in this story are realistic and are dealing with a situation that nearly everyone of a certain age can identify with – taking care of our loved ones. Hannon handles this storyline with humor and grace. There is also a secondary story threaded through the main one, one that deals with choices faced by young women, and Hannon deals with that difficult tale with understanding and forgiveness.

This is an inspirational novel and one that will be enjoyed by those who love a well-written, contemporary and faith-filled story.
About The Author:
Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of over forty books, including more than two dozen contemporary romance novels. Her romance fiction has won a coveted RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, a HOLT Medallion, and an RT Reviewers' Choice Award from RT Book Reviews magazine. Her popular Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice suspense series have also won their share of awards, including the RITA, National Readers' Choice, Daphne du Maurier, Retailers' Choice, and RT's Reviewers' Choice. In addition, Booklist included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri.
For more information about her and her books, Irene invites you to visit her website at www.irenehannon.com.

My thanks to Baker Book/Revell for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

1 comment:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sounds like an inspirational novel. Thanks for telling us about it, Sharon.