Summer Melody

Summer Melody

by Toddie Downs
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Summer Melody by Toddie Downs

In a town called Daedalus Falls, it's easy for the weight of wings to overwhelm. But in the summer of 1992, three generations of women in the Stanton family realize untapped strengths that give them the power to soar. As her aging mother falls prey to the ravages of dementia, Bonnie races to make sense of both her past and present, discovering that the truth of long-buried family secrets has the power to destroy-or to heal. Her niece Meg, meanwhile, is planning a wedding to the perfect man-and then watching fear and uncertainty pull them apart. Finally, teenage Jane, turning away from the burden of family history, comes of age in a way she never thought possible as she learns to care for an autistic boy. Ultimately, all three women discover grace and truth within themselves and their common bonds in this story of love and hope.

Summer Melody is a testament to how, in the face of tremendous challenges, family can bring us strength to survive, endure, and maybe even flourish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935961444
Publisher: Libertary Co.
Publication date: 10/10/2012
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

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In a town called Daedalus Falls, it's easy for the weight of wings to overwhelm. But in the summer of 1992, three generations of women in the Stanton family realize untapped strengths that give them the power to soar. As her aging mother falls prey to the ravages of dementia, Bonnie races to make sense of both her past and present, discovering that the truth of long-buried family secrets has the power to destroy-or to heal. Her niece Meg, meanwhile, is planning a wedding to the perfect man-and then watching fear and uncertainty pull them apart. Finally, teenage Jane, turning away from the burden of family history, comes of age in a way she never thought possible as she learns to care for an autistic boy. Ultimately, all three women discover grace and truth within themselves and their common bonds in this story of love and hope. Summer Melody is a testament to how, in the face of tremendous challenges, family can bring us strength to survive, endure, and maybe even flourish.

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Summer Melody 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
RayBear More than 1 year ago
Three generations of women’s stories interweave as each must find their own hidden strengths. Bonnie must come to terms with her aging mother’s secrets. Her niece, Meg, is set to marry her perfect match, but when adversity strikes will they become closer or will they be pushed apart? Bonnie’s daughter, Jane, is a 14 year old who is given responsibility of a neighbor’s autistic 5-year old, but will it be too much for her? As soon as I understood what relationship each character had with one another, I was hooked. Each chapter is told from the POV of one of the main characters: Bonnie, Meg, or Jane. This book was all about the character relationships and character details. I was extremely fascinated to see the dynamics that played out with a character with dementia and a character with autism. This is contemporary work at its most realistic. It isn’t necessarily a fictional book with a recognizable plot arc. It is a story that will delve into characters we might not necessarily see in fiction or portrayed in fiction as a normal part of the characters’ lives. This is their reality and it is so interesting to read about.
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CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
It’s the summer of 1992.   Jane is happy school is out and looking forward to a summer of not having to try to fit in at school.  She never dreams that she would be getting a job.  She loves taking care of an autistic little boy.  Bonnie has been visiting her Mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, in the nursing home and realizes there are secrets from the past she needs to uncover.  Meg is planning her marriage to the love of her life, but fears that the wedding will not happen.  All three girls are part of the same family, The Stanton Family, and are lucky to have each other and the buried strengths come out during their individual challenges. Summer Melody is a book for any age reader. The teenager will easily relate to Jane.  Her character is a true teenager.  She fights with her mother and brother.  Hides out in her bedroom when feeling stressed.  But still stands by her family and pulls it together in the times of need. The young adult will relate to Meg.  Falling in love, planning her wedding while trying not to cause waves with the future in-laws.  It is a hard and fine line but Meg does it perfectly and stays strong.  She knows what is important to her and when to give in. The mom’s will relate to Bonnie.  She knows she needs to stay strong for her kids, but struggles with her ailing mother.  As a mom, she has a good sense of when to stand back from her kids and let the figure it out and when to get involved.  No matter which course she takes her kids always know she is there for them.  Which is more than her mom ever was for her. This book would be great for a book club.  There are three strong women characters from three generations all trying to overcome their own struggles.    I highly recommend this novel. 
KyKim More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Summer Melody by Toddie Downs. A moving story of three generations which is told from the view point of three of the characters, Bonnie, the mother, Meg, her niece, and Jane, her daughter. A dying grandmother with Alzheimers, a young boy who is autistic, a young man with post-traumatic stress disorder, an overbearing future mother-in-law, this family has all this and more to deal with over the summer. A wonderful book for discussion I would recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Third Chapter is at /A Distant Melody/. Skip the result with the guitar, I'm locked out of that. Part Four will be at 5th result.