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.
My Review: I love Irene Hannon's suspense books, but I wasn't sure what her contemporary fiction would be like. I was delighted with what I found. While That Certain Summer was not as exciting as Hannon's suspense, it was a very good read. Hannon wasn't afraid to deal with hard issues. Her characters are multi-faceted, and I really enjoyed watching them grow throughout the story. I really liked the themes of redemption and second chances that Hannon wove throughout the novel. I would not hesitate to try another of Hannon's contemporary romances in the future.
My Recommendation: I recommend this book to readers of contemporary Christian romance.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.