Tuesday, June 4, 2013

That Certain Summer - Revell Blog Tour

Recently I received a copy of the following book in exchange for my review. This post will contain book advertisement links. The FTC requires you be given fair warning! Please read-on and enjoy the review.
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 gorgeous sister left town years ago to pursue a career in theater.
But Val had darker reasons for leaving town—as well as a secret to keep—and coming home has never been an option . . . until their mother suffers a stroke. Once reunited in their hometown, Karen and Val must grapple with their past mistakes, their relationship with each other, and their issues with a mother who is far from ideal.
When a physical therapist raising his daughter alone and a handsome but hurting musician enter the picture, the summer takes on a whole new dimension. As their lives intersect and entwine, can each learn how to forgive, how to let go, and how to move on? And during this summer of grace, might they also find the courage to love?
This book is available on Amazon and at Revell
You can Read an Excerpt HERE

My Thoughts:
This book was a relaxing and very enjoyable read. Two sisters, who had not had the best relationship due to growing up in a home with a very critical parent, end up spending the summer together. They each have to work through the issues that once held them at bay, and discover new things about themselves and each other. There are also two men in this book, who have their own set of problems, yet God is working in the lives of each one of these four people to draw them to Himself.  There was so much of this book I could relate to in terms of what the characters were feeling. I was able to relate to Karen, her confidence issues and her need to set boundaries in her relationships. I was able to relate to Val, who felt she had committed the unpardonable sin, and was still punishing herself for mistakes made in the past. The theme of this story for me was forgiveness, healing, and restored relationships to God. Also, a realization that through Him, even if the journey we mapped out for our lives has changed; our new course can be even more amazing! I had never heard of, or read this author before, but I am definitely interested in reading some more of her books.

About the Author:
Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of over forty books, including more than two dozen contemporary romance novels and the Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have garnered many honors, including two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, and two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. In addition, Booklist included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri.
Irene's Books are available at Revell and on the Author's Website
You can connect with her on Twitter and Facebook

*I received this book from Revell in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own and I am not required to give a positive opinion.*

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