Summer Storms

Summer Storms


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Book One of the Seasons of Faith Series: Thanks to the love and support of friends and a renewed commitment to her faith Elizabeth Reynolds has moved past the hurt and anger of her parents' death. Her job as concierge at Hotel Lago, a boutique hotel in downtown Orlando is challenging and fills her need to be successful but one thing is missing. She loves the historic homes in the downtown area but fears she will never be able to afford one. When a once in a lifetime opportunity to renovate a broken down home comes along she snaps it up. Sparks and clashes with her handsome, but deeply troubled, contractor, Jeffrey Robbins threaten to slow the renovation but they fade as Orlando becomes the target of three summer storms, hurricanes Charlie, Frances, and Jeanne. In the aftermath of the storms what be the fate of Lizzie's home and heart?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475137385
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/02/2012
Series: Seasons of Faith , #1
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Rebekah is a Florida native and a graduate of Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Fl. A love of history, research and journaling led naturally to a passion for writing.

Rebekah is a Christian with a heart for new beginnings. She believes we are human and make mistakes but through God's grace and repentance there is forgiveness.

Summer Storms is the debut novel in the Seasons of Faith series focusing on young professionals establishing their careers while learning to over come the ghosts of the past to embrace the challenges of the future.

She currently is working on the next book in the Seasons of Faith series as well as the first novel in the Coastal Chronicles.

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Summer Storms 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Four hurricanes, an abandoned house and a man with a broken heart. Having lived through the 4 hurricanes of 2004 I could really relate to this book. Lizzie, a busy young professional is trying to find a home to pour her heart into. She finally finds a house then along comes the hurricanes. At work she is trying to assure her guests have the vacation they desire, along with a dream wedding, while hoping and praying her house isn't being damaged in the storms. Her contractor Jeffrey is fighting his own battle as he grieves the untimely loss of his wife. Will Jeffrey's best friend and Lizzie be able to lead him to acceptance and healing? This is an engaging read set in trendy downtown Orlando. I highly recommend it.
Letetia More than 1 year ago
If this book is any indication of what we can expect from Rebekah Lyn in the future, then we are in store for some great reading experiences. We can definitely look forward with great anticipation! The author writes with such clarity and fluidity and before you know it, you are engulfed in the story. The characters are very believable and simply come alive before your eyes. I hated for this story to end. The truth that resonates is that a relationship with God is relevant for successfully navigating through the "storms" we all face on this journey called "life". I highly recommend this book!
MaryCFindley More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of the book by the author's publicist. If you dismiss Christian fiction as sappy or shallow or "chick lit," you'll miss really fine books like this one. It isn't really a romance. It's certainly not women's fiction. Several male characters get a lot of ink, men flawed, fine, and being refined. It's mostly about loss. Lizzie and Jeffrey have each lost something. As they deal with their losses they either create storms or calm them. There are real, physical storms in the book (it takes place in Florida during hurricane season). But the storms and calms in people's lives will keep readers guessing, about who will stir one up or calm one down next. Lizzie is a wonderful character. She bakes cookies, dozens of them at a time. She stands up to selfish, irrational people on a daily basis and helps and comforts helpless ones at times. She works hard cleaning up some big messes, physical and spiritual. Her story reminded me of how God works to draw people to Himself and to clean them up. Lizzie has to deal with serious setbacks in the process, and so does God. She also has to just buckle down and ride out storms sometimes. The author clearly loves creating characters, and if there's a flaw in the story, it's that some people detract a little from the main plot when they don't seem that important. But it's not confusing, not stuffed with characters a reader can't begin to keep up with. There are some typos and homophone errors but they don't detract that much. There is a romantic aspect to the story and it was quite a surprise to me. Nobody goes through the book on a seesaw of attraction and repulsion. That is a big plus. I can't stress enough that it's not just a book for women. The portrayal of men is very different from the common "men are scum" or just plain weak or overly emotional. Strong men, good examples, men who love their wives are all here. So are men who are willing to learn and grow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Summer Storms is not a story that I expected. With descriptions and twists like the winds in a storm, I found myself feeling as if I could visualize every scene and looked forward to what would happen next. It's not as predictable a story as you may think which helped keep my interest. The characters were well developed and seemed like people I would come across in every day life. I could relate to Lizzie's thoughts & feelings and the spiritual theme while not overbearing, is present and I found that refreshing. Personally, I don't care for the typical romance novel because it seems to be more focused on who is doing what with who and how soon. That isn't a love story. However, Summer Storms is a story of friendship, caring, spirituality and yes love, but love for friends and family as well as romantic love. I'm looking forward to reading Rebekah Lyn's next book.
Redfish2 More than 1 year ago
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to live in Central Florida, the land of magical vacations, fancy resorts, and hard-working people who make it happen-then this book is for you. It is well written with interesting characters, locales and subject matter. Summer Storms is also a book written from the heart, and you will find yourself enjoying Elizabeth's walk with God as she seeks His plan for her life. Her determination to make a life for herself in the busy Orlando area is commendable and believable, and it is fun to read about her everyday challenges. Lizzie takes a on a major renovation project on an old house, "rides-out" a dangerous storm at work, and even tries to find romance along the way. You will not be disappointed if you decide to purchase this enjoyable book.
DCLHickman More than 1 year ago
If you like romance with a christian value then this is the book for you. It keeps you engaged. I couldn't stop reading it. I love how the characters are all entwined. You couldn't tell at first how Jeffrey, Ian and Lizzie would all be connected, but as you keep reading it all comes together so nicely. Great job to Rebekah for her first published book. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was all over the place. Two hurricanes, a Prowler, 3 unexpected deaths were touched upon and then it was just done like it happened down the street but nobody knew anything. I did not find this book extremely enjoyable. It Was Written in a very amateur way. Kathy Weekly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars. I just thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was told well, and most engaging. There were a couple of proof-reading problems, spelling, errors, etc., but overall this novel was delightful to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*** Interesting story of a young woman's desire to have a home within walking distance to her job in Orlando, Florida. She finds a dilapidated small home that she falls in love with. It needs substantial work, which she is willing to do. Friends come along side her to help and she hires professionals to do the work she doesn't know to do. One of the young men is still grieving the death of the love of his life. Another young man is drawn to her and hopes for a future with her. It's hurricane season and the nearly finished house suffers damage, but once again friends help. I question why Lizzie would invest so much into a rental property. Especially one that had sat empty for years, needed a new roof, appliances, etc. The hurricane took out electricity and candles were used for lighting, yet they were able to watch a dvd on the tv (not battery operated). There were several instances where details simply didn't flow along with the story. All in all, the story is interesting and I'm glad that I read it. *** esk 10/2017 ***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Because this is my 5th attempt to write a review I will make it short before I once again hit a wrong key. I loved this book and found it difficult to put down . The other reviews are more explicit and I agree with most of what was written. Some personal thoughts regarding the story line -- because I live in Florida I can relate to Hurricane preparation and evacuation and the writer was spot on. Lizzie was a Christian who showed others by example how to handle difficult situations. Also, just because one is a Christian does not mean their life is without problems -- serious problems. The difference is how the Christian handles the situation and the writer did an excellent job with this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this short novel yourselves.I really enjoyed reading this short story very much. ShelleyMa
avidreaderTE More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by Rebekah Lyn, but definitely not my last. I just attempted to read a Christian book by another author, and it was so boring, trite, and unrealistic, I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. I love the “realness” of the characters in Summer Storms, especially Lizzie. She was flawed, but lovable—a character with real depth—someone I could actually relate to. I like the way the characters in the book learn to deal with the storms in their lives—both physical storms and stormy events—with the help of God. I hate when the plot seems contrived to present the Christian story, and Rebekah never does that. The message flows naturally out of the lives of the characters. Well written and well edited. Highly recommended.
SamanthaSmithKJ5 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! It was a good Christian romance. It can be hard to find good, clean, well written books but I really look forward to more from Rebekah Lyn! I would definitely recommend it.
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
Summer Storms by Rebekah Lyn was a most enjoyable book about the ups and downs in the life of Lizzy Reynolds. She has finally moved on after the death of her mother and father and loves her work as the concierge at Hotel Lago in downtown Orlando, Florida. Lizzy lives outside the city but her dream is to own one of the historic houses in the downtown area. In searching for a more affordable place to live, she finds a house for rent in the historic district that she can afford. However, there is a big problem. The house has been vacant for years and is in need of a great many repairs and the yard could pass for a jungle. After praying, soul searching, and going over and over her budget, Lizzy decides to rent the house. One of the most touching parts of the book was the way that so many people pitched in to help Lizzy repair the house. Two of the main helpers were Emma and Ron who were “adopted” parents. Jeff Robbins has refused to enter the family business of real estate which caused a break with his parents. He is very happy as the contractor in charge of building a high rise in the downtown area. Jeff meets Lizzy when she brings cookies to the work site for the workers and he is intrigued by her and also somewhat attracted to her. He offers to help with the repairs on her home and through him she then meets Ian who does a great deal of work on the house. Ian is also quite attracted to Lizzy and they share a common bond in the fact that they are both Christians and they also want to see Jeff become a Christian. All the repairs were finally finished but then disaster struck when two hurricanes hit Orlando and did a great deal of damage to the house. Now Lizzy has to decide if she even wants to repair the damage or just give up on the house. The author did a great job developing the plot, characters, dialogue, scene descriptions, and describing the action taking place. I felt as if I were walking the streets of the historic district with Lizzy and I was standing on the sidelines watching as she was dealing with difficult people checking into the hotel or demanding a special services. There was some romance in the book but it was not the main focus. The book had enough suspense to keep any reader happy. I would think I had the plot all figured out and immediately it would change. I was a little surprised at the ending but it was a very good one. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a well written and easy to read book that is also a great Christian story. Thank you to the Author/Publicist for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago