Saturday, June 8, 2013

That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon

That Certain Summer  This is a satisfying story about two sisters whose lives are changed forever one summer.  Karen has always been the dependable one, trying to please everyone in her life but always coming up short, or at least that's how she feels.  After her husband leaves her for a younger woman, she's left juggling a full-time job, a teenage daughter, and a demanding mother on her own.  When her mother has a stroke, it's the last straw.  Though it wasn't severe, she'll need physical therapy and Karen calls her sister in for reinforcements. 

Val left town for college seventeen years ago and never looked back.  The pretty one with acting and singing talent, at least according to their mother, she's now a drama teacher at a high school.  But no one knows the reason she left or the secret she keeps.  Will the sisters find healing, forgiveness, and love during one unforgettable summer?

I liked both sisters a lot and thought it was interesting how past circumstances and misconceptions affected their relationships.  It did seem like they resolved things awfully fast, though.  The love interests of both had interesting back stories, but the romance felt a bit rushed there, too.  I enjoyed the themes of forgiveness and finding confidence in yourself.  I wished the story would have gone a bit deeper, but I did enjoy it overall.

I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

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

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