One Summer

One Summer

by David Baldacci
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One Summer by David Baldacci

It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. Just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover in a miraculous turn of events. He rises from what should have been his deathbed, determined to bring his fractured family back together. Struggling to rebuild their lives after Lizzie's death, he reunites everyone at Lizzie's childhood home on the oceanfront in South Carolina. And there, over one unforgettable summer, Jack will begin to learn to love again, and he and his children will learn how to become a family once more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446583169
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 104,383
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at and his foundation at


Northern Virginia

Date of Birth:

August 5, 1960

Place of Birth:

Richmond, VIrginia


B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986

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One Summer 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 466 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I really loved the book. it kept me on the edge of my seat.
GINGERDAWN More than 1 year ago
I don't know what the heck happened with this novel! I have purchased and read every David Baldacci book written. This is one of those sappy sweet lets make it a movie on lifetime network books! Hey, I know the economy is bad but I am afraid the day has come and Baldacci has sold himself out to the Hallmark Channel. Truly this is a sad day for me! Does anyone else find it absurd that Jack's miraculous recovery from a 100% fatal cancer,or that he seems to value more input from his friends than a doctor! Furthermore, when Jack moves to South Carolina where years ago his twin sister Lizzie dies and the family drama is overboard. Who wants to move back in time? Moreover, the humor was awful in the book! I almost cried and yes their was a lot of crying going on on this novel because I wanted the book to get better! I was dying for just one spy or cover up. Maybe at lease it was a shocking misunderstanding from the CIA! This novel has made me also think that some crazy housewife has kidnapped one of my favorite authors and has him hostage. I also think maybe Nora Roberts or Nicholas Sparks have decided to finally get even with Baldacci and make a fake novel with his name. I honestly can not write anymore, I will pay ransom. Where is the real Baldacci?
Chypre More than 1 year ago
I promise you that you won't be able to put this book down after reading the first 20 pages.You will want to know what happens next. You will want Jack to get off his deathbed and live.I loved it!
BB_in_NC More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this but I honestly had to keep checking the cover of the book to verify that it had David Baldacci's name on it... It was so sad and emotional, I kept thinking it very like one of Nicholas Sparks works. And there was one major emotional twist that had me thinking of Jodi Piccoult ("Sister's Keeper"). That being said, I'm glad that Baldacci can stretch himself as an author and veer out of what most readers might consider his usual fare. There will be many fans who will not like One Summer as it is very different from his fast-paced intrigues like Absolute Power or the Camel Club series or the King and Maxwell series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Ohio terminally ill Jack Armstrong prays to God that he lives to Christmas to be there for his wife and their three young children. However, his wife Lizzie dies in car accident on Christmas Eve picking up Jack's medicine. Lizzie's mom Bonnie ships her three grandchildren to the separate homes of her adult children, sells her late daughter's house and directs Jack to enter a hospice. Jack somewhat recovers his health as his illness goes into remission and picks up his kids. He moves to South Carolina where years ago Lizzie's twin died; there he plans to raise his children as a single dad. Bonnie sues for custody. This interesting family drama is insightful when the story line focuses on an ailing widower battling to keep his children with him. Bonnie is too much a villainous instead of a concerned grieving grandma worried about the well being of her late daughter's children; while a romantic interest detracts from the tale of battling relatives. Still fans will root for Jack and his three children to make it in a world in which they learn the twists of life and death. Harriet Klausner
BibliophileHS More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed his mystery and intrigue books, but I really enjoyed this uplifting story about families, resilence, and friendship. More than a beach and summer read, it is one to read whenever one wants to cry, laugh, feel inspired, or wants to read something that can lift one's spirts.
constantreaderPA More than 1 year ago
There was nothing in this story that was believable. It was a little sappy besides.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading several of David Baldacci's other books that dealt with intrigue and undercover suspense, I found this book was able to draw me into the characters without any suspense. The twist in the plot was quite unexpected, but kept the story interesting. I would read more of any of David Baldacci's books. This book is for the person who likes a good story line with suprises.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not normal Baldacci read or same characters a simple, quick love story
MollyD3694 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy David Baldacci’s thrillers and I absolutely loved his non-thriller, “Wish You Well” so I decided to give “One Summer” a try. I found this to be unrealistic, sappy, predictable and boring. If you like Nicholas Sparks you might just love this book. I was disappointed,
chocoholicKY More than 1 year ago
Decent light read, good life message.  Predictable after the initial twist.  Not as good as his suspense novels.
lovestoreadBM More than 1 year ago
i loved this book. i am an avid fan of david baldacci. i have read all of his books and have never been dissapointed. i look forward to reading his next one. i love that he switches to stories on the lighter side. i enjoyed the christmas train as well. i listen to the audio tapes and love that he chooses Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy. they do a fantastic job.
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A very heartwarming book. If you have ever lost someone you thought you couldnt live without you will really relate to this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This isthe first book that I have read of his. It was a good book. It was a page turner for sure. 5 stars for me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read by mr balducci. Wish u well was the first...both excellent....highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! 264 pages of family life, miracles and more. Highly recommend.
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mrsrcg More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story with a turn of events you don't see coming.
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Jack and Lizzie were high school sweethearts, then Jack is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Lizzie rushed out late one night right before Chirstmas to get Jacks medication. She is involved in a fatal car crash and dieing Jack is left with their three children. The kids are sent to live with distant relatives, until Jack makes an incredible recovery. Jack and the kids go to live at the beach house to fulfill Lizzies dream. The beach house is amazing until the kids are taken way and a storm hits. The story is exciting, but not so believable, but  I did get very into it. I think all the characters are realistic, except for maybe Jack. I have an idea of what all the characters look like in my mind. The story takes play mostly in South Carolina at the beach house were Lizzie grew up. I feel like the scientific content is fictitious because Jacks turn around is very quick and it never gives you the name of what he had. It doesn’t leave me wanting to learn more. I would definitely recommend this book to any girl looking for an easy read. I would give it a 4 out of 5 stars 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is perfit for every child.