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One Summer Mass Market Paperback – May 28, 2013
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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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"Just when you think David Baldacci has a permanent bird's eye view of the Pentagon from Air Force One, he surprises us all with a beautifully told story of the fate of a family devastated by loss and healed by love. One Summer has it all, humor, grace and redemption, delivered with humanity and wisdom in the capable and sure hands of America's great storyteller."―Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Very Valentine and Lucia, Lucia
"One Summer is a beautifully written story about family, redemption and hope. Baldacci demonstrates why, regardless of genre, he's one of the world's foremost storytellers."―Richard Paul Evans, #1 bestselling author of The Walk and The Christmas Box
"[A] touching family story."―USA Today
"[Fans] will find in these pages a good message and a big heart."―Washington Post
"Readers better have their hankies ready."―RT Book Reviews
About the Author
- Publisher : Vision; Reissue edition (May 28, 2013)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446583162
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446583169
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 1 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #67,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I enjoyed the movie, finding it a well-crafted, although typical Hallmark version of the story. I then quickly purchased and read the book, again enjoying the added detail and in some cased really liking the changes that were made for the film. Without getting into "spoilers," I thought that some of the experiences left out of the book make it a more positive story and, while the endings of both the book and the movie are very dramatic, I liked the film ending more.
David is such a great writer that there's never been a book of his that I haven't enjoyed -- and he's written a wide range of different stories. One thing's for sure from this fan: I'd like to see more David Baldacci films!
This is about a man who reconnects with his children. You can read more about it in other reviews; the story is as-described.
What I want to mention is that this does reach the page-turner level, at least toward the end. No shooting, no explosions, no Very Important People with hordes of operatives to throw at the heroes -- but a page-turner, nonetheless.
So, if you take a chance on it, you /may/ find yourself liking it.
He finds out he has an incurable, fast acting, debilitating, fatal disease, and may have 6 months or so to live. This tears him, his loving wife and his family apart and during the Christmas season, it looks like his time will end.
One cold night with icy roads, his wife runs out to get his pain medications, over his objections, and dies in an auto accident. There is so much pain, His mother-in-law and his 16 year old daughter, in their grief, even lash out at him for letting his wife leave the house. He ends up in hospice, his children are divided up between family members out of state and he waits to die.
But he does not. His body gets better, he gets his kids back, he inherits use of his wife's grandmother's house on the ocean. He is given a second chance.
This is a story of love, loss, and healing.
Some said it was sappy, maybe a little. Second change miracles are not especially common, though I know a few people who have been touched. For some it was a blessing and they enjoyed and were grateful, for others, it was as if it never was and those in a downward personal slide kept going down. The biggest miracle might be the one that changes perspective and allows you to see the good and add to it.
I enjoyed the book.
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This sounds very cryptic but to say more would be to give too much away - you'll just have to read it to understand!
It was a little bit corny and not as enjoyable as his more recent work!