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Seeking Sara Summers
     

Seeking Sara Summers

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by Susan Gabriel
 

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Was her life ever really fun? Was there ever any passion? Will she find the courage to change?

In this compelling novel by Susan Gabriel (author of Nook #1 bestseller The Secret Sense of Wildflower), Sara Summers Stanton has raised three children and works as a high school teacher at the same school she attended growing up. Her 25 year marriage is showing

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Was her life ever really fun? Was there ever any passion? Will she find the courage to change?

In this compelling novel by Susan Gabriel (author of Nook #1 bestseller The Secret Sense of Wildflower), Sara Summers Stanton has raised three children and works as a high school teacher at the same school she attended growing up. Her 25 year marriage is showing cracks in the façade and now she's dealing with breast cancer.

In a rare moment of taking care of herself instead of everyone else, Sara takes a sabbatical and goes on the trip to Italy she has always dreamed of taking. This search for a more authentic life leads to Julia, a friend she hasn't seen since they were inseparable as girls, nearly 30 years earlier. They reunite in Florence and their friendship continues where they left off, resulting in an unexpected attraction to one another that threatens to turn Sara's already shaky world upside down.

Sara's inner conflict and subsequent choices reveal an unpredictable yet dynamic future for all the characters. Seeking Sara Summers is an emotional and lyrical novel, a timeless story about love, commitment and transformation.

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com - Elizabeth Gunn
Seeking Sara Summers is an insightful look into a life many of us have experienced on some level. The author's ability to portray the characters with depth and humor paints a beautiful picture of our inherent desire for a more authentic life. For anyone who has experienced an illness or event that has redefined how they view the world and their place in it, this book will be a personal affirmation that life must now be lived on your own terms.
Elizabeth Gunn
Seeking Sara Summers is an insightful look into a life many of us have experienced on some level. The author's ability to portray the characters with depth and humor paints a beautiful picture of our inherent desire for a more authentic life. For anyone who has experienced an illness or event that has redefined how they view the world and their place in it, this book will be a personal affirmation that life must now be lived on your own terms.
Bret Elliott
A wonderful and dynamic story of a woman's search for a "truer" life. There is lots of powerful imagery, difficult soul-searching, and surprising choices as Sara realizes the depth of her feelings for her friend Julia. I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates novels about love and about being true to oneself. Just so you know, I am a married man and the father of two incredible daughters. I hope they will have the courage to live life as fully as the characters in this book.
Amazon.com - Bret Elliott
A wonderful and dynamic story of a woman's search for a "truer" life. There is lots of powerful imagery, difficult soul-searching, and surprising choices as Sara realizes the depth of her feelings for her friend Julia. I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates novels about love and about being true to oneself. Just so you know, I am a married man and the father of two incredible daughters. I hope they will have the courage to live life as fully as the characters in this book.
Amazon.com - Lisa Williams
This is the first time I've read any thing by Susan Gabriel, and I must say it was a wonderful surprise. I look forward to reading more by this auther.
Lisa Williams
This is the first time I've read any thing by Susan Gabriel, and I must say it was a wonderful surprise. I look forward to reading more by this auther.
Heather O'Neill
Sara has spent her life in the same small town--she teaches at the high school she attended as a student--but inspired by the scare of breast cancer, she's decided to take a sabbatical and to travel to Italy to visit Julia who she has not seen in thirty years.....Gabriel renders Sara's growing attraction and conflict with insight. There is a real sense of what is at stake for all three of these characters: Sara, Julia and Grady. A beautiful and powerful story.
Afterellen.com - Heather O'Neill
Sara has spent her life in the same small town--she teaches at the high school she attended as a student--but inspired by the scare of breast cancer, she's decided to take a sabbatical and to travel to Italy to visit Julia who she has not seen in thirty years.....Gabriel renders Sara's growing attraction and conflict with insight. There is a real sense of what is at stake for all three of these characters: Sara, Julia and Grady. A beautiful and powerful story.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011806124
Publisher:
Wild Lily Arts
Publication date:
10/04/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
195
Sales rank:
317,529
File size:
608 KB

Meet the Author

Susan Gabriel is an acclaimed writer who lives in the mountains of North Carolina. Her novel, The Secret Sense of Wildflower, was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012 and is a Nook #1 bestseller..

She is also the author of Temple Secrets and other novels. Discover more about Susan at SusanGabriel.com

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Seeking Sara Summers 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Sage320 More than 1 year ago
Seeking Sara Summers is an intelligent story about a woman who has to overcome a number of serious obstacles to discover who she truly is. Sara Summers didn't set out to have an unusual life. She married her high school boyfriend Grady, became a teacher and had three children. She has good friends and is well-thought of in her profession and her community, so she assumed her life was going just fine. Breast cancer changed all of that. As happens, the threat of death has caused her to reassess her life, especially now that the cancer has returned. She finds herself in a twenty-five year marriage that isn't working and her career is no longer satisfying. She hasn't told her family about the cancer and she needs to make some decisions about treatment, but she can't focus on those issues. When she reconnects with a childhood friend Julia David, Sara decides to go to Italy and visit her. This may be the only chance she has to take her dream vacation. She and Julia always had a special relationship and as they tour the Italian countryside, Sara discovers things about herself that she never realized. Life is never simple though and despite the fact that she knows where her heart lies, Sara returns to her family to fight the cancer and try to make that situation work. The question is whether that will be enough now that she has a deeper understanding of herself. Sara's story is easy to understand. She's spent her whole life doing what was expected of her and now she knows it's not what she really wanted. If she is to die, she doesn't want to do it with the knowledge that she just existed. Sara discovers a chance for real happiness with Julia, but it flies in the face of everything she's been taught is proper by society. She finds herself in a battle between her heart, her spirit and her head and even when she feels instinctively that it isn't right, she's drawn to the safe decision. How many people have found themselves in a similar position turning from what feels true to do what conformity dictates? This isn't like many novels where decisions are easily made. Sara thinks and struggles her way through what she is experiencing in every aspect of her life trying to finally discover who she truly is and what she wants. Seeking Sara Summers is written in just the right tone. The emotional scenes aren't overwrought and the interactions between Sara, Grady and Julia feel very real. The language of the book is almost as beautiful as the scenery of the Italian countryside it's set against. This is a rich book, well worth reading. The reader will come away wishing that Sara had realized so much earlier what she wanted, but understanding her choices completely. Many women will be able to identify with her experience.
MountainBlues More than 1 year ago
I’ve read plenty of fiction in my life, everything from junky beach books to classic literature. I loved this book. Gabriel is a clever, funny, profound writer who quickly takes you into the inner world of her characters, while taking you on an external journey that keep you glued to the page. Sara’s character jumps from the pages and her transformation has impacted and inspired me. Big life changes in middle age are rarely easy and this novel treats the challenges intelligently. A classy love story with a wonderful Italian setting. A really satisfying read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one night. I couldn't put it down. Really liked the story line. Not the most intellectual book you will very read, but very easy and entertaining read.
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It's nice to read a book with no hidden meaning and where loves winds over duty. A quick simple read that you will enjoy.
allaboutbooks More than 1 year ago
This novel is wonderfully written. It is an exploration of one woman¿s search for a more genuine life. The central character, Sara, is a married mom of grown children, a high school teacher with an average life and a blah marriage. Grady, her husband, has had an affair, so he evidently isn¿t that happy in the marriage, either. She has a health crisis that precipitates much inner reflection on her life and she reconnects with an old friend who she hasn¿t seen since they were girls. Much of the book takes place in Italy, which the author describes beautifully, too.

I read it in two nights ¿ could hardly put it down ¿ was sad when it ended. I identified most with Sara¿s friend Julia, but I think a great many women will relate to Sara, who questions things continuously, doubts herself and finds it hard to take action. However, the action she takes as the book progresses shocks herself and everyone else around her! A really good, inspiring read that I think women and men of all persuasions will enjoy.