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Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer's List by Anita Higman

                                                                      My Thoughts:

Summer's List is the story of a young woman, Summer Snow, who is on a mission to complete a list of activities given to her by her beloved grandmother. Summer's grandmother is dying and wants more than anything for her granddaughter to find happiness, possibly love, before she leaves this earth.

I loved Summer's grandmother- such a dear lady with a precious faith in the Lord. Granny adores Summer and knows what her grand daughter needs to be happy. The clever idea of completing this list allows Summer to uncover what's been missing in her life and heart. Granny is one smart cookie with a heart of gold and the way she calls Summer "little love" is utterly endearing. I'd love to read a prequel to Summer's List that told Granny's story along with the early days of when Summer and Martin were young.

The premise of Summer's List intrigued me. Completing a check list of activities (taking a hot air balloon ride, building a treehouse, solving a mystery, etc.) and rediscovering an old friend after 20 years is disarming! Don't we all wish we could go back and revisit the past at some point in our lives? I wanted to root for Martin and Summer- I truly did. To be honest, their banter and relationship felt forced to me. Perhaps flashbacks to their past would have made the story more believable? The dialogue, pillow fights, secret glances, etc. never quite rang true in my opinion and while their quirky relationship aimed for approval it just came off as a bit desperate at times. Sweet story but not one I would recommend to others.
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?

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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.

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*I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

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