A Summer In Oakville

A Summer In Oakville

by Lisa J. Lickel, Shellie Neumeier


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One Magical Summer in Oakville, Wisconsin,
Love Finds its Way through Four Entwined Lives.

Tessa Hasmer Murphy has a secret. Estranged from her husband, will she let a past love and a fight to save the family farm destroy her marriage and daughter Lindsay's happiness?

Lindsay Murphy plans to live on her grandparents' farm until she can find a job, but developer Brandon Calloway has other plans for the property. As she wages war against him, will she lose her heart and the farm both?

Widower Arthur Hasmer's life and that of his son, Andy, spiral out of control. Then old friend, Dana London, reenters the picture with the power to help them all back to love, joy and faith.

Andy Hasmer has the ultimate bummer life. No mom, not much of a dad, no future. When he's sent to the farm and wrecks the truck, nothing could be worse than the lousy job he takes to pay Grampa back-except maybe putting up with the pastor's daughter, Ella.

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""You'll be hooked from the first page of A SUMMER IN OAKVILLE. This novel grabs the senses and doesn't let go."
Award-winning novelist Carolyn Howard-Johnson

"A SUMMER IN OAKVILLE is the vivid portrait of a fragmented family finding the faith to unite in an effort to save the land and life they thought they had lost. A wonderful story you might find a bit of yourself in."
Author Allan E. Ansorge

"A SUMMER IN OAKVILLE transports readers deep into the soul of family. Lisa and Shellie have woven four unique stories into one heart-tugging narrative of reconciliation, love, forgiveness and hope. It's hard to say who inspires me more. Tessa, Lindsay, Andy, and Art each bring their longings and unravel their secrets in a situation that ultimately ties them together as tightly as your family or mine. A very uplifting read!"
Author Naomi Dawn Musch

"A SUMMER IN OAKVILLE is a cleverly-composed novel that addresses issues from the past, affectingfour characters'present-day lives. Shellie Neumeier and Lisa Lickel are a dynamic writing duo!"
Author Andrea Boeshaar

"Like quills of bittersweet devotion that pierce the heart, yet warm with the matchless comfort of forgiveness-A SUMMER IN OAKVILLE is a beautifully woven series of unforgettable novellas."
Author Tessa Stockton

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934912393
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing
Publication date: 09/08/2011
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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A Summer in Oakville 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know shellie neumieir her daugher ali is my bff and we both go to independence elm. And i know that she is about to release another both because ali told me
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lynn F. for Readers Favorite "A Summer in Oakville" by Lisa J. Lickel and Shellie Neumeier is a novel of four family members and how their lives become connected during one summer. Tessa Murphy, her daughter Lindsay, her brother Art and his son Andy make up the main characters of the story with a great secondary cast of characters that lend credence to the plot. When Tessa’s husband gets a promotion in his job that means they need to move to the west coast but Tessa refuses to leave Oakville, Wisconsin. With her mother and father still on the family farm, she soon learns that not all is going well at all with them prosperity wise. As she plans to help she soon discovers that her husband has almost wiped out their savings/checking account. When a stranger in town approaches Tessa she soon learns that a past can return. When her daughter Lindsay returns from college and starts looking for a job she plans on living with her grandparents instead of her mother. In reality she does not know the situation her parents or grandparents are in. When Andy is being a little rebellious grieving over the death of his mother, his father sends him home to the farm but then returns when he finds his son in trouble there also. This summer became a source for healing, forgiveness and second chances. "A Summer In Oakville" was an enjoyable read. Each of the four characters had an amazing story of their very own. Throughout the book there are many issues that are common in families today. I think the two authors writing the book together have done a fabulous job of portraying the lives of these 4 main characters together. As far as the secondary characters go, I really liked Tessa’s mother and father. Their pride kept them from asking for help even though it might cost them their farm and livelihood. The book was well organized. Even though their lives were connected the stories are told individually Each tale shares how they all returned to their source of pain to eventually find healing. This book will grab you right from the beginning and hold your attention to the end. It is well written and I will enjoy reading it again. Recommended for all ages.
LindiP More than 1 year ago
A Summer in Oakville is a sweet read. It's one overall story, told from 4 different points of view. Each POV character has their own story going on during the overall story. It was very different and fun. I really enjoyed seeing the main thread through the different view points. Then each character had a love/life lesson to learn themselves. If you like real stories about real people, read this novel.
ElaineMarieCooper1 More than 1 year ago
When Tessa Murphy's husband takes off on a new business venture, the Oakville, Wisconsin wife refuses to follow. She grew up in this community where Gram and Gramps still own the family farm of four generations. Why would she leave her home, her roots, her source of calm in the turmoil of her life? But it is not the present that bothers her as much as the past that holds a secret she has never shared. The new stranger in town forces her to deal with the guilt that has long haunted her. A surprise return by her college-grad daughter who decides she'd rather live with Gram and Gramps on the farm, forces Tessa to confront the ghosts of her past. Can she prevent her daughter from making the same mistake that she did so long ago? And Tessa's brother Art-where has he been all these years since his twin brother died? Facing his own painful memories and guilt, the recently widowed Art finally returns, only to discover he has to face his past to find healing in his future. Art's teenage son Andy is lost, grieving for both his deceased mom and for a dad who is emotionally disconnected from him. The four family members reconnect one summer in Oakville, drawn by the need to return to the family farm, which is both the source of their pain and their healing. "A Summer in Oakville" is both delightfully funny and painfully real in its characters and their relationships. While being spiritually uplifting, it does not drip with pat answers or solutions, but leads the reader to understand it is the decisions that the characters make that will bring either healing or more conflict. The two authors, Lisa Lickel and Shellie Neumeier do an artful job of blending each story from the four characters' points of view, merging them together into a conclusion that is satisfying and filled with hope and love of family. "A Summer in Oakville" is a family treasure.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
A Summer in Oakville is an interesting look into four people's lives one summer. I enjoyed each person's point of view and their stories. It was well-written and allowed me to take part in each person's feelings and actions. Unfortunately, I found it a little disconnected in one particular scene. It was not a big deal, just set my brain to thinking (which is not necessarily a bad thing). Since I know there were two writers in this work, I am surprised there was only one mistake obvious enough for me to catch. It is so awesome that they worked together to make this such a good book. Despite my uncanny knack for ferreting out useless tidbits that are inconsistent, I found A Summer in Oakville an entertaining read. It will make you smile and, if you're given to sympathizing with the characters as I am, you will cry. I think that's what a good book does. It gets you to "feel" what the character feels and pulls you in to his or her life.
Reader-WriterTS More than 1 year ago
Meet members of a family.Tessa, Lindsay, Andy, and Art, and how their lives are connected-not only by kith and kin, but individual and collective heartbreak. Their stories are unique and moving, their names forever etched in the memory lane of my heart. I'm drawn to stories of forgiveness and A Summer in Oakville does not pale. It holds its own, brightly, in what's an enchanted narrative woven together by four separate novellas, skillfully written and a joy to read. Through relationships challenged, life lost, even battles over land rights and development in rural Wisconsin intensified, find love renewed, second chances embraced, and forgiveness presented around every corner.
Tracykrausswrtr More than 1 year ago
The family farm is facing a crisis. Gram and Gramps owe thousands of dollars in taxes, their septic system needs an upgrade, and the town of Oakville is looking to expand onto their land. This is the backdrop for A Summer in Oakville, which is actually four stories from the point of view of four different family members. First there is Tess. Her marriage is floundering and the re-entrance of an old flame accentuates her apparent mid-life crisis. Her daughter Lindsay is determined to fight for the farm, despite her attraction to a good-looking businessman bent on ‘progress’. Andy, Tess’s troubled teen nephew, has come to Oakville for the summer and gets involved with the wrong crowd, even though his attraction to the pastor’s daughter has his heart searching for meaning in life. His father and Tess’s brother, Art, comes home as well, still grieving over life’s losses and looking for a way to reconnect. Each family member brings a fresh perspective to the same storyline and each must deal with their own demons from the past as well as look to finding love and acceptance in the future. Ultimately, the book is about reliance on God. I enjoyed it very much and recommend it to readers who like contemporary drama that is heavy on characterization.