This book Summers List reads like a story with hints of a fairy tale in it. Not because of the story line or the characters but the general feel of the book is of sweet, tender love. There is so much love in the book from Summer, Martin, Miss Beetle and Granny Snow who is the catalyst of all the good things happening around.
The story starts on a sad note as Summer is breaking up with her fiancé Elliot Whitfield, who seems like a self obsessed control freak. Good riddance there! I found the initial chapters a bit gloomy as Summer had to deal with a few disappointments but as every cloud has a silver lining so did her troubles. Soon her granny sets her off with a ‘bucket list’, a bitter sweet list of all the things Summer must do in order to find herself. Her granny even helps her find her childhood friend Martin to help her finish the list.
The tag line of the book is “A dying wish alters the course of a young woman’s life.” Quite apt since before she passes her Granny ensures she has sent Summer on a journey that will determine her future and heal her past.
Martin is her childhood friend, a cute, sexy, nerd who is always tripping over his compliments. I had a good laugh over many of his thoughts. He is a solid support and the reason Summer never felt at ease with Elliot or had a steady relationship. She too realizes soon enough that she has never truly forgotten him and he echoes her sentiments but both find their friendship so valuable that they hesitate to take the step towards love. Fear and misunderstanding along with the big family drama at Martin’s house ensures there is never a dull moment in the book. Love takes its own sweet time in making its presence felt.
I found the book a light read peppered with the goodness of remembering God and spreading goodness. The world needs more people like Summer and Martin. Of all the characters I found Miss Beetle the most endearing with her simple demeanor and loyalty. Love resides in many forms and this book Summers List is a perfect example. The characters are well etched and add to the storyline. In fact, I would love to read Desmond’s story as his character has so many layers and would be an interesting challenge to find his perfect girl.
I enjoyed the bucket list, though it was a short one, it could have had a few more fun and challenging items. Granny Snow was quite a lady so the list felt a bit incomplete to me. The images at the beginning of each chapter were a nice touch and even though the language was a bit like the old times, it did suit the characters.
I also loved the tag line of her website, “Stories with a Soft Landing……Because Life is Hard!”
I totally agree with it even though this is the first book I have read by Anita Higman, I have added her to my list of authors that must be read again and she has 40 published books!!
This book has an old world charm that kept me glued to the book eagerly reading as Summer completed her bucket list and found Snow in Summer.
(I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange of my review.)
About the book:
Summer‘s List (River North, June 2015)
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 Texassummer. 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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