Aug 2, 2011

One Summer by David Baldacci

It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. Just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover in a miraculous turn of events. He rises from what should have been his deathbed, determined to bring his fractured family back together. Struggling to rebuild their lives after Lizzie's death, he reunites everyone at Lizzie's childhood home on the oceanfront in South Carolina. And there, over one unforgettable summer, Jack will begin to learn to love again, and he and his children will learn how to become a family once more.

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Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (June 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446583146
ISBN-13: 978-0446583145

One Summer is a fantastic summer read, but be prepared for a few tears.

Jack is terminally ill, and he knows that his days are numbered.  He is determined to live until Christmas, and his last wishes are to write seven love letters to leave for his wife. On Christmas Eve, Lizzie left in a snowstorm to run some errands, and she never came back.  Suddenly, Jack becomes the one in mourning, instead of the one dying.

His wife's family takes custody of the three children and they are split between three different homes. Jack is placed in a hospice to die ... and he is all alone in the world. Against all odds, he begins to gain strength and he is determined to live and claim back his broken family.

As soon as he has the strength, Jack collects his family and they spend the summer at the beachfront property of his wife's childhood. He struggles to come to terms with his loss, and at the same time he discovers that he is still capable of love. Their summer together as a family brought many moments of pain ... but also of healing.

This is a story of unbelievable determination, love and miracles, a fantastic story that I highly recommend.

Disclosure: I received an audio book copy of One Summer courtesy of Hachette Books, in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I so want to read this. I thought it would be a tear jerker but I still have it on my wish list. Your review has me wanting to read it even more now.