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As the sun prepares to rise on the last day of summer, three friends find themselves totally unprepared for the events that are about to take place around them. For Tanya it is a chance to find peace three years after losing her parents in an auto accident. Deciding she simply can't continue blaming God for taking her parents away, she writes a heartfelt poem, places it in a bottle and throws it into the sea on the eve of her birthday, granting her birthday wish to whoever finds it. Only it washes straight back ...
As the sun prepares to rise on the last day of summer, three friends find themselves totally unprepared for the events that are about to take place around them. For Tanya it is a chance to find peace three years after losing her parents in an auto accident. Deciding she simply can't continue blaming God for taking her parents away, she writes a heartfelt poem, places it in a bottle and throws it into the sea on the eve of her birthday, granting her birthday wish to whoever finds it. Only it washes straight back into shore where it is discovered by her best friend Anton and his buddy Johnno. Armed only with surfboards and an eclectic sense of imagination, the two wishful young men set about putting the bottle to the test. When Johnno appears to have fallen for the new waitress at the cafe where Tanya works, it stirs up feelings of jealousy in Tanya that she didn't know existed. Surely Johnno couldn't be the man God had in mind for her. Or is he? Suddenly strange wishes are beginning to come true and soon enough the whole town is involved. But is it all just a strange coincidence? Welcome to Kings Beach where the forecast for the last day of summer promises to be hot, hot, hot with a definite change in the air.
LAST WISH of SUMMER:
A truly fascinating novel of young people, identifying their intrinsic connection to the dreams each has in their lives.
What was fascinating to me was the manner in which this author has brought together the thoughts and feelings of individuals sharing a summer of hope based on their own beliefs and appreciation of life. Such a wonderful experience to read a good clean book, and without doubt, enjoyable and entertaining, captivating my interest from cover to cover.
Phillip, may GOD bless you always. You are an inspiration to a reader of your novels, although I never see myself writing a book now.
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Posted December 23, 2013
When I read the prologue, I really had a sense that this might be a great book. The main character, Tanya, is a Christian, and it was nice to see her praying right off the bat. Unfortunately, this was not to be.
Once I began the story proper, I was pretty disappointed. The only character I found myself liking was Tanya. Her surfer friends did not impress me, and no one else really did in the book. If the book had concentrated more on Tanya, perhaps I would have enjoyed the book more.
To the book's credit, there are Christian themes, no profanity, and no sex scenes. Imagine having two characters who are in love that don't jump into bed--what a refreshing change! I was glad to read real prayers to God, and I think it is clear that the author has a true understanding of having a relationship with God. This causes me to recommend this book to a degree.
I did find the romance rather sappy at times, and the whole thing about making wishes seemed really far-fetched. While it was entertaining to see what happened with the wishes at times, it did become rather old, but that is just my opinion. Although this book was not one that really captured my attention, there was enough positive overtones in the book for me to decide the book was an average read. And I was able to read the book in a relatively short period of time. And the "Prade" theme was pretty funny!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Posted September 13, 2012
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This novel was nothing like I thought it would be and yet I absolutely adored it.
The characters were cute and I loved readinga bout them. Tanya, Anton, and Johno were undeniably intriguing. I loved that Overton allowed us to delve into each of their heads.
The premise of the novel was also intriguing. Andon and Johno pull up a bottle that allows any dream to come true. That should be perfect, right? But they are about to find that you should be careful what you wish for.
The writing style was very well crafted and drew me into the story. I flew through this novel and was thoroughly entertained the whole time.
So why three stars? While I enjoyed this book, it just lacked that extra something necessary to earn four stars. However, I loved how Overton weaved the idea of summer, love, Christianity, wishes, and friendship into one novel.
I did give this book three stars because while Overton did weave these themes together nicely, I felt like something was slightly lacking.
However, let me reiterate that this book was an enjoyable, fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was hooked from page one and loved the book on a whole. I thought the characters' interactions with each other were genuine and that none of the characters were simply stock characters.
He developed his novel very nicely and this is one that I'm so glad I read. It had all the right qualities to make a captivating read.
The book was also clean which is something I deeply appreciated. There was no swearing, no sex scenes, and I loved that. Clean books are so rare that whenever I find one I celebrate.
In Summary: Phillip Overton's novel, Last Wish Of Summer, brilliantly weaves themes of friendship, love, summer, faith, and luck into a novel that readers are bound to love. Overton's novel was thoroughly enjoyable and left me entertained from the get-go.
Warnings/Side-notes: Like I mentioned above, this book is clean.
The Wrap-up: This book was above all just a fun read that I adored reading. I was rooting for the characters from the beginning and found myself constantly wondering what would happen next. This was a book I couldn't put down and quite enjoyed reading.
Posted September 7, 2012
Mr. Overton pens his characters strong in his book, "Last Wish of Summer". It is a light Christian romance and a fun, easy read that I wasn't expecting. Recommended for those who like a fun and easy spiritual read.
This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
Posted August 23, 2012
This book is a shiny happy novel and definitely not what I was
expecting. It was really a light Christian romance and totally sweet.
Though you may not be able to relate well to very Christian Tanya and
her two surfer friends Anton and Johnno, you will love them. Tanya's
Christian beliefs are a little bit overwhelming at times. She's 26, a
virgin and when Sebastian gets romantic with her, she slaps him and then
realizes she's in love with another guy. Uh erm. It doesn't ring true to
me, but really I didn't care. I loved her. I loved her message in a
bottle too, that somehow managed to find its way back to the shore where
her friends were surfing. It would have been nice to possibly figure
out why the poem she placed in the bottle somehow had the powers to
grant wishes. The way the wishes are granted makes this book a worthy
read. After all, you really do have to be careful what you wish for, and
everyone learns that in this book. Some in harder ways then others. I
really loved this story. It was a fun and fast read that will work for
all ages. Review copy provided by the author for an honest review
Posted August 21, 2012
This is a pretty spiritual book. I normally don’t tend to read fiction
that is spiritual but I took a chance in the case of Last Wish of Summer
and it paid off. Firstly although it does have some pretty heavy
spiritual overtones, it’s mostly the main character, Tanya, that is
religious and speaks to God. However it isn’t throughout the entire
book. Tanya is just lost and looking for a way to not loose her faith,
begging God to help her move along with her life after the sudden deaths
of her parents. This story is about loss and faith and all of the
greatness about life that we tend to throw away. It’s actually a really
funny story but at the same time with every wish I was cringing, hoping
something bad didn’t happen! Every character was interesting. They each
had a certain quirk that I liked. Anton was definitely my favorite
character and he was supposed to be the lost boy of the group. Although
all of them were a little lost in their own ways. The friendships that
the main characters shared was amazing even with Tanya trying to push
people away, it was another one of her quirks that they had to overlook
to be her friend. I loved that all of the characters had something to
learn about life. They each had to grow and Phillip Overton does an
amazing job at showing us that growth through a variety of circumstances
which are just plain crazy! It was like the entire story was a huge
character arc! Even the minor characters learned something or had
something to teach the others. This was a really good, easy read.
Definitely perfect for the end fo summer while lazing on a beach. Even
the spiritual tones didn’t turn me off. They were a part of Tanya and it
made the reasoning behind her actions understandable and believable.
Even if you’re not spiritual I’d say pick this book up when you want a
fun, make you feel good at the end of it kind of book. And it got me
thinking, what exactly would I wish for if I found my own magic bottle?
What would you wish for?