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The old Cape Cod house that Laney Coleman shares with her minister husband Noah and their five boys is usually brimming with cheerful chaos. There’s nothing fancy about the ancient kitchen or the wooden floors scuffed by the constant parade of activity and the clicking claws of their two Labrador...
The old Cape Cod house that Laney Coleman shares with her minister husband Noah and their five boys is usually brimming with cheerful chaos. There’s nothing fancy about the ancient kitchen or the wooden floors scuffed by the constant parade of activity and the clicking claws of their two Labrador retrievers. It’s a place to savor the sea breeze wafting through the windows, or sip coffee on the porch before another hectic day begins. This summer, life promises to be even busier than usual, because Noah’s younger brother, Micah, wants to hold his upcoming wedding on their property.
Though thrilled that Micah has found happiness after past heartache, Laney is apprehensive about having her home turned upside down. She has other concerns too—her youngest son is being bullied at school, and Noah’s father is not the robust patriarch he once was, in mind or body. As the bride and groom’s large, close-knit families gather, there will be joyful celebration but also unexpected sorrows and revelations, and a chance to store up a lifetime of memories during the fleeting, precious days of summer…
Praise for the novels of Nan Rossiter
“A gripping story of three sisters, of love lost and found and a family’s journey from grief to triumph. A sure winner.” —Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on More Than You Know
"Eloquent and surprising...I love this story of faith, love, and the lasting bonds of family." —Ann Leary, author of The Good House on The Gin & Chowder Club
Posted May 25, 2014
[FTC note: I received this book as part of a GoodReads/First Reads giveaway. I thank the author and publisher for their participation. However, in no way did this affect my opinios, which,as always, are 100% my own]
I read my first Rossiter last month, and I won this one and was overjoyed to see the connections between the two. This is the story of the extended Coleman family: grandparents down to dogs, and how they are and remain connected through births, deaths, coming togethers, falling aparts, all wrapped up in glorious Cape Cod style. Well worth seeking out
Posted May 15, 2014
UNDER THE SUMMER SKY is a beautiful and compelling story about the bonds of family and faith, set in the idyllic Cape Cod coastal area.
The story begins with a back story of Noah’s father, a complicated family (which I found very intriguing). His father had an affair with an older woman (his grandfather’s best friend), which left him the beach house. He meets a gal Laney, from Georgia (Pacey's Peaches and Pecans) during college and later Noah (from New England), and Laney marry. He a minister and Laney a school teacher—with five boys and two labs.
Their life is pretty much filled with everyday drama and life with a house full of boys. (I know as I raised five boys, and a golden retriever as well, so can relate—turns into 10 on the weekends when they have their friends over).
At the same time, Noah volunteers their home for his younger brother (Micah’s) upcoming wedding---causing some drama, as there are things in the home which need updated, one being the kitchen.
This heartwarming novel addresses many high charged subjects, and one being bullying. Their youngest son is experiencing bullying at school and on the bus—with serious consequences. In addition, Noah’s father (Asa) has a serious health scare, as does another family member, which causes a careful look at what life is all about, as well as some questioning their faith.
Maddie and Asa keep things quiet about his illness, as they do not want to upset the upcoming nuptials and planning. Nan Rossiter has a way of intertwining family, faith, grief, illness, love, cooking, and pets into her books ---- for a take away about the importance of family, honesty, new beginnings, and treasuring those you love and hold dear.
Rossiter raised the question, “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?” –death, bullying, illness-----as Noah’ sermons addresses through the novel, inviting us to believe that even though life is filled with tragedies, God is there to sustain and guide us. “Life is messy-there’s no doubt about it. It’s hard and it often sets us back on our heels. But that still doesn’t mean it isn’t glorious. God gave us this glorious life to see what we would do with it, and he gave us resilient spirits and a promise to always be with us through every struggle”. God knows the big picture, and we do not always know his ultimate plan—we have to Trust Him.
In today’s society, we need faith—and many authors are integrating light spirituality within fiction books---as just recently read book, Distortion by Terri Blackstock (a well know fiction best seller of thriller, crime, and suspense novels) crossing over, as Christian publishers were showing interest in the suspense genre and Christian publisher Zondervan has picked up a number of her books.
I enjoyed MORE THAN YOU KNOW, Rossiter's previous book, and chose the audiobook for UNDER A SUMMER SKY, read by Jennifer Van Dyck (good job). The book started out slow; however, as all the players were put in place, began to take shape ---for an inspiring, heartwarming light summer read.
Posted May 12, 2014
Cape Cod is home to the wonderful family of Noah and Laney Coleman and their five sons. They invite you to share life with them and to know what a caring and loving family is about. Daily life will give you a feeling of wanting to be a part of this family. You will enjoy the fun times, fond memories and also sad times and know what it is to come together as a family when some one needs another person.
Surrounded with the charm of Cape Cod it is a perfect backdrop for this charming book. UNDER A SUMMER SKY is about growing up, falling in love and living life to it's fullest and sharing times of grief. Family support is a way of life and is expressed among it's pages.
Posted April 29, 2014
This is the fourth book in this series that I have read and it is a great reminder that we need to savor every previous minute of our lives!! Thank you , Nan, for writing about a families ups and down, struggles, joys and at the same time weaving a spiritual message.I cannot wait for the next one!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 28, 2014
“A Homespun Tale That Will Take You on an Emotional Roller-Coaster Ride”
Ms. Rossiter has done it again! What a fantastic heart-warmer! Noah and Laney Coleman have a wonderful but chaotic life, centered around their family and their old Cape Cod-style house. Noah is a minister and Laney teaches first grade. Life is never dull for the Colemans –(especially with five sons), but there’s nothing they can’t handle. That is, until Noah’s Brother, Micah “Rocks the boat”. He has become engaged to a sweet lady named Beryl Graham and asks if they can hold the wedding on Noah and Laney’s stretch of beach. Without consulting Laney, Noah agrees. Ordinarily, it wouldn’t put a hitch into any other plans—but when medical and serious family problems rear their ugly heads, Laney wonders and worries how everything will get accomplished in time for the nuptials. Add to the already “Full plate”, mounting worries concerning Asa’s (Noah and Micah’s Father) noticeable frailty and waning interest in family participation, perhaps creating another cause for alarm. Against Maddie’s (Asa’s wife) wishes, not a word is spoken within the family about what might, or might not be wrong. The Author has tackled the tender and difficult topics of cancer and how it affects the strongest of families, bullying –which has become an ongoing, national problem that must be addressed for the safety, physical, and mental well-being of children of any age, and grief ..which is handled differently by everyone. I’m going to warn you—once you start reading this, you won’t want to lay it down. You’ll gasp, laugh, and hold your breath, praying for the best. You will definitely need a box of tissues close at hand. On a lighter note, you’ll love the Colemans (and their In-laws, “Out-laws”, their beautiful, sweet Labs and all who cherish them), making you wait impatiently for a future volume and the next generation’s heart-warming stories. Ms. Rossiter pulls you right in, instantly making you feel like you are a part of the Coleman family. She has graciously included a handy listing of characters plus a couple of delicious-sounding “Coleman Family” recipes you’re sure to want to try. I’m planning on trying the peach cobbler, myself! You don’t need to read her first three volumes to understand and enjoy this prize-winner, but I’m betting you’ll want to delve into: “The Gin and Chowder Club”, “More Than You Know”, and “Words Get In The Way”. If there is one thought-provoking message I combed from this book, it is about the importance of embracing and savoring every moment we have been given and to tell those we love (and extending kindness to those we don’t) that we love them. It will make a difference in someone’s life, as well as yours. Don’t miss this passionate volume!
Posted May 22, 2014
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