Thursday, July 16, 2015

Summer's List - by Anita Higman

About the book:
Summer's List (River North, June 2015)

A dying wish alters the course of a young woman's life.

Life hadn't been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessness---caring for her ailing parents and running her grandmother's bookstore---she had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love . . . didn't turn out. She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing something---or someone.

Opportunity strikes when Granny sends Summer on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree, a kind but gangly young man from Summer's 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?

My review:
I really enjoyed this unique love story about reconnecting with your best friend from childhood and fulfilling a wish list.  Martin was an awesome character, a little socially awkward but a man of God who put others ahead of himself.  It was inspiring to see how he treated his brothers nicely even though they treated him like dirt.  There's a bit of a mystery there that he and Summer try to unravel.  Martin's adoptive parents had divorced and left the 3 men years ago and not kept in contact.  They never understood what had happened.  The whole family dynamic had caused problems between the brothers and some truths came to light.  Summer was getting over a break-up and dealing with her fear and grief over her granny not having long.  I liked Summer and thought they were both amusing.  There were some cute romantic moments.  I thought the idea of completing a list was fun and I loved the items on it.  I really liked that faith was such an important element in the story.  The three main characters were believers and that was a huge influence on how they treated others and the hope they had for where Granny was going.  It was beautiful how she looked forward to Heaven and the way she talked about her journey nearing its end.  It was wonderful to see how Martin's faith influenced one of his brothers.  I would highly recommend this book if you're looking for romance or something a little more unique.

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

About the author:
Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She's been a Barnes & Noble "Author of the Month" for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

Find Anita online: website, Twitter, Facebook

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