By Summer's End [NOOK Book]



For instance, Dawn Leland never thought in a million years that she and her girls would ever end up back with her in-laws. Sixteen years is a long time to be away, but life has dealt her something unexpected. Now she has no choice.


Sephrona Leland said good riddance to bad rubbish when her ...

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For instance, Dawn Leland never thought in a million years that she and her girls would ever end up back with her in-laws. Sixteen years is a long time to be away, but life has dealt her something unexpected. Now she has no choice.


Sephrona Leland said good riddance to bad rubbish when her son's widow took her two little girls and left Knoxville all those years ago. And despite her husband's best efforts, the bitterness still remains.


It takes some forgiveness, a little understanding and the magic of two young girls to make everyone see that—although it's hard to imagine—they have all ended up where they belong.

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Publishers Weekly
Morsi's smart, funny story of a widowed mother dealing with cancer is endearingly upbeat. After the accidental death of her husband, Sonny, 13 years earlier, Dawn Leland left Knoxville, Tenn., with her two young daughters, Sierra and Dakota, vowing never to return. She'd had no reason to stay since Sonny's parents considered her socially inferior and blamed her for their son's death. Now, diagnosed with cancer, Dawn has no choice but to go back to Knoxville to live with the Lelands while she undergoes treatment. Sixteen-year-old Sierra views the move as a grand adventure and settles in to stay, but 13-year-old Dakota, a "physics geek," wants nothing to do with the grandparents who didn't want her, and is unwavering in her desire to hit the road as soon as Dawn recovers. Drawing loosely on chaos theory, Morsi (Suburban Renewal) skillfully layers chapter upon chapter with scenes that illustrate the past, the present and what could have been if Sonny had lived. This fascinating and poignant read will leave readers pondering this: "In the long run, the universe and everything in it proceeds exactly as it was meant to all along." Agent, Andrea Cirillo at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459228375
  • Publisher: MIRA
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 233,054
  • File size: 488 KB

Meet the Author

Pamela Morsi is a bestselling, award-winning novelist who finds humor in everyday life and honor in ordinary people. She lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband and daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2005

    A good read.

    It takes cancer to reunite a long shattered family. Dawn Leland always felt as if her in-laws saw her as not good enough to be married to their son, so after his tragic death, she took her two little girls and left. Now, stricken by a deadly disease, she takes them back to their father's family so Sierra and Dakota can be cared for as she battles for her life. Through flashbacks, readers learn how they arrived at this point, seeing the happier times in contrast to the present forward struggle. ..............*** At first blush, this book could be a truly depressing one. Cancer and death have a plethora of emotions that Ms. Morsi has captured perfectly, yet there is a thread of hope that emerges that will be comforting to the all too many people out there who are intimately familiar with this scenario. ***

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    engaging character study

    By Summer¿s End Pamela Morsi Mira, Feb 2005, $6.99, 384 pp. ISBN: 0778321398 When the job or the boyfriend dried up, Dawn accompanied by her two children hit the road and moved on to the next ¿Sonny¿. However, her thirteen years old daughter Dakota notices that this time it is different as Dawn for the first time back tracks and heads to her hometown of Knoxville; Dakota¿s older sister Sierra fails to see anything unique on this trek until they reach their destination.--- Dawn pleads with her mother-in-law Sephrona to allow her two grandchildren to spend the summer with them because she is ill. Sephrona blames Dawn for the death of her son thirteen years ago; if he had not impregnated her and then married her, he would have been at university instead of logging when the tree fell on him. Still Sephrona forced by her spouse, who wants time with his grandchildren, reluctantly takes in the three women. Will love or hate rule this summer in which everyone struggles to adjust, but health becomes the key issue as grandpa and Dawn have threatening ailments.--- This engaging character study focuses in on an ensemble cast though the youngest player serves as the prime narrator. The family drama works on several levels as each sees the relationships quite differently. Pamela Morsi displays her talent so by the novel¿s end fans will appreciate that the four women, grandpa and even the canine Rocky Dog have unique personalities that remain consistent. This is a fine tale that showcases the relative strengths of love vs. hate on individuals.--- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted November 10, 2012

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