Aug 2, 2011
One Summer by David Baldacci
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Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (June 14, 2011)
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.