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That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Pages: 304 Trade Paperback
Date Published: May 2013
Publisher: Revell Books
Two very different sisters . . . an unexpected homecoming . . . one unforgettable summer
Karen and Val are family-yet they’re anything but close. Karen has carried the burden of responsibility for her aging mother ever since her sister left town years ago to pursue a career in theater. But Val had other reasons for moving away-as well as a secret to keep-and coming home has never been an option . . . until their mother suffers a stroke.
Reunited in their hometown, Karen and Val must grapple with past mistakes as they care for their ailing mother. When two handsome men enter the picture, the summer takes on a surprising new dimension. As their lives intersect, can each of them learn how to forgive, let go, and move on? And strengthened by the healing power of faith, might they also find the courage to love?
With her trademark compelling characters and heartwarming hope, award-winning author Irene Hannon pens an inspiring true-to-life tale of complex relationships, the search for forgiveness, and the life-changing process of finding love.
In the past I have truly enjoyed reading Irene Hannon’s stories that focus on an armed service person and have a flair of romance and suspense. When I saw a new one, I jumped on it without even reading about it. That is how much I trust her name to be a good quality brand full of entertainment. I was curious to discover that indeed That Certain Summer is not a suspense, or not really, definitely not an action adventure like I’ve become used to. But more a calm, summer events story with some unfolding pasts and weaving together of possible new romances. What I found interesting was that at the beginning I was not even sure that I liked the two main female characters at all, but as the story progressed I came to enjoy their stories a lot, and the thing about this book is… with the growth of the characters they came to enjoy and like their own-selves better. The kicker for this book was definitely David, the character. He was the highlight and the positive note through out and kept me going back and ending up understanding and enjoying practically all of the story in the end.
Irene Hannon is the author of more than 35 novels, including the bestselling Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, a HOLT Medallion, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and two Reviewers’ Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. Booklist also 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.
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