That Certain Summer: A Novel

That Certain Summer: A Novel

by Irene Hannon
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HeartofaBookWorm More than 1 year ago
I love Irene Hannon's Suspense novels so i was excited to see she had switched it up a bit and written this book, "That Certain Summer". "That Certain Summer" is one of those books that you will get so involved in the characters, so much so that you just want to sit down and have a "talk" with them! LOL But just as in our lives, we know that God is in control and we have to stay out of HIS way because after all, HIS way is not just the BEST way but the ONLY way!  This is a book of letting go, forgiving ourselves and others, and coming to learn that our past, however hurtful it was, can also be a gift to learning the life lessons and that our future can be sooo much more than you ever dreamed possible. New Beginnings are on the horizon! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For me this book was slow to start but I'm glad I kept with it because it was a really great story. Forgiveness and God's plan for your life are two main themes of this book. The characters are also very likeable. Give it a shot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story! Especially enjoyed seeing the sisters discover themselves and each other. Really good read! Review by CherishD
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Irene Hannon and LOVE her Christian romantic suspense books. I was not sure how well I would like That Certain Summer. I consider it to be more family drama than romance. I was drawn in by the characters and read the story in less than 24 hours... You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.  
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
That Certain Summer A Novel by Irene Hannon Two sisters as different as night and day. Karen was the responsible wife, mother and daughter who tried to please everyone. Her marriage has fallen apart, her daughter is angry and wants her parents back together and her mother is mean, criticizing and controlling. It’s no wonder she feels hurt, lonely and dowdy. Val has been MIA for years, she’s running from her past and her criticizing mother. She is the beautiful talented daughter with a secret that has brought great guilt to her life. These two sisters come together to care for their sick mother for the summer. What they find is greater than either ever imagined for themselves. After being distant since childhood they develop a closeness as never before. I fell in love with them and their guys. I enjoyed watching the characters faith grew and developed as the story unfolded. The characters are well written brining hope, forgiveness, and romance for the sisters. I have loved Irene Hannon suspense books for awhile but this is my first contemporary romance I have read by her. I give it five stars and can’t wait to read another by her. I want to give a high-five to the author and publisher for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two sisters who have never been close--what will a summer caring for their mother bring?  I have a sister that I am very close to and so, this book was very special to me.  Karen and Val connect in a way that they have never experienced before.   Their mother is quite difficult and they find themselves working together to get her through rehab following a stroke.  Meeting for a weekly shopping trip and coffee gives the sisters a chance to talk and resolve issues.  Being a caregiver of our parents is not easy, and I think many will find moments that they can relate to in Irene Hannon's book.   Throw in romance and you have the makings of an incredible read!   This was the first book I have read by Irene Hannon but it won't be the last!  I won a copy of this book in a giveaway from Revell Publishing.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Karen and Val are family--yet they're anything but close. Karen has carried the burden of responsibility for her aging mother ever since her gorgeous sister left town years ago to pursue a career in theater. But Val had darker reasons for leaving town--as well as a secret to keep--and coming home has never been an option . . . until their mother suffers a stroke.  Reunited in their hometown, Karen and Val must grapple with their past mistakes, their relationship with each other, and their issues with a mother who is far from ideal. When a physical therapist raising his daughter alone and a handsome but hurting musician enter the picture, the summer takes on a whole new dimension. As their lives intersect and entwine, can each learn how to forgive, how to let go, and how to move on? And strengthened by the healing power of faith, might they also find the courage to love? This was a very sweet book of two sisters finding themselves while forging a friendship with each other that was unexpected. Threads of secrets revealed, hearts mended, forgiveness given, and faith restored are just a few that are woven in this book. Taking a different trail from her suspense novels, Irene Hannon did a fantastic job creating a soft, yet moving book for her readers. Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Revell Books sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT READ! Highly recommended. This was an interesting story, one in which the author made her characters "come alive -- almost seem like someone the reader knew or knew about. One summer when Val’s sister called and told her their mother had suffered a mild stroke and she needed Val's help in caring for her. So many thoughts raced through Val's mind – unresolved issues, even after being away from home for 18-years; she and her sister Karen didn’t get along; they had a disagreeable mother who never had anything nice to say to her daughters could she return after all this time to help? The story has so many things people face in everyday life -- deep hidden secrets; jealousy; child rape; an unfaithful spouse; teenager going through a difficult time; life changing accidents where one is permanently injured and can no longer do things dreamed of to name just a few. And, finally That Certain Summer all things came to light and…… Well, let me just suggest a few tissues be handy for a couple of pages.
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millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
Desperation is what drives Karen to call her sister Val in Chicago with a plea that Val return home to small town Washington, Missouri.  Karen knows Val's life is more glamorous; in fact, her sister is more glamorous.  Hasn't their mother told Karen for years that Val is more beautiful, more talented, and more successful while Karen is just - just plain Karen?  But still reeling from a recent divorce, her teenage daughter Kristen's gymnastic injury, and Kristen's constant pity party, Karen is overwhelmed when her mother is released from the hospital following a stroke.   When Val receives the call to come home and oversee her mother's convalescence, her first reaction is that she can't leave Chicago.  But she knows that is an empty excuse; there is nothing truly keeping her in the Windy City.  Plus she knows she "owes" Karen the help.  Karen has been the dutiful, caring daughter all these years while she abandoned home and family.  At least, that is what her mother has told her every chance she has, so reluctantly Val returns to the small town and her demanding mother. That Certain Summer  reminds me of one of those old Doublemint gum commercials, two young women on the swings enjoying the summer days.  Along come two guys.  Okay, I simplify, but Hannon's novel is the parallel story of the two sisters, each "reshaping" herself over the span of the summer months, finally establishing a healthy sibling relationship, and coming to gripes with their mother's demands.  Add in two new men, each starting over in Washington, both sure that relationships are out of the question, and of course, you have "doublemint" romance. The "meat" behind the romance in That Certain Summer is one quite common in Christian fiction - second chances and forgiveness.  Clearly Val has a secret she has kept hidden from the family for years - a secret that readers will have no difficulty figuring out, but that does not detract from its impact.  Karen's second chance encompasses many aspects - her weight, her job, her self-esteem, and her relationships with others.  As I already mentioned, both love interests (Scott and David) have second chance stories, and later in the book, even the girls' mom has a forgiveness/starting over thread. That Certain Summer is a perfect read for a summer afternoon or anytime when you need some down time.  My only criticism is that there were a few too many accidents/catastrophes driving the plot (a stroke, a bus accident, a young paralyzed football player, a broken leg, a diabetic coma death, and cancer).  On the opposite spectrum, it seemed that "perfect" new jobs just appeared at the perfect moment for several characters.  Yes, those things happen, but the short time frame of the summer months treaded heavily on my realistic button! But if you're in the mood for double romance, pick up That Certain Summer and enjoy. I received an e-copy of this title from NetGalley for my honest review.  All opinions are mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could'nt put it down! Very good!
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CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
I know Irene Hannon through her romantic suspense, which I love. That's why when I heard she had a new book out and it was straight romance, I hesitated before jumping on the blog tour. When I love an author for one genre, it can be hard to transition with them to another. Irene did it successfully for me. That Certain Summer is a layered book that explores how four people deal with the ghosts in their past one summer as they also fall in love.   This story is complex with sisters who are about as distant as you can get and a mother who is hyper-critical and pitted them against each other. Add in a secret that has crippled one of them and you have a rich texture for conflict and hope. Then there are two men (one for each sister, of course) equally on journeys that they don't think lead to a future. A book I was hesitant to try quickly became one that pulled me in to the family relationships and the hopes for love and restoration. While it is a large departure from her other books that I've read, I thoroughly enjoyed this romance with women's fiction overtones.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Irene Hannon in her new book "That Certain Summer" published by Revell Books takes us into the lives of Karen Butler and Val Montgomery. From the back cover: Two very different sisters . . . an unexpected homecoming . . . one unforgettable summer Karen and Val are family-yet they're anything but close. Karen has carried the burden of responsibility for her aging mother ever since her sister left town years ago to pursue a career in theater. But Val had other reasons for moving away-as well as a secret to keep-and coming home has never been an option . . . until their mother suffers a stroke. Reunited in their hometown, Karen and Val must grapple with past mistakes as they care for their ailing mother. When two handsome men enter the picture, the summer takes on a surprising new dimension. As their lives intersect, can each of them learn how to forgive, let go, and move on? And strengthened by the healing power of faith, might they also find the courage to love? With her trademark compelling characters and heartwarming hope, award-winning author Irene Hannon pens an inspiring true-to-life tale of complex relationships, the search for forgiveness, and the life-changing process of finding love. Just so you know, yes, Irene Hannon is famous for writing thrillers however this is not one of them. That does not mean, however, that "That Certain Summer" is not equally terrific. It most certainly is, just no killers are running around and no one's life is in danger. This is all about the relationship between two sisters and how they have to reconcile when their mother has a stroke and Karen needs help from Val. Ms. Hannon has taken on issues of how we care for our aging, and needy, parents, divorce and romance after divorce and abortion. "That Certain Summer" deals with forgiveness, reconciliation and moving forward with your life. This is not a fast read, however Ms. Hannon has given us much to think about. Ms. Hannon is an excellent writer and has given us wonderful characters that live and breathe and that we come to care about as we root for their success. If you missed the interview for "In Harm's Way" and would like to listen to it and/or would like to hear the previous interviews where we discussed the first and second books of The Heroes of Quantico series please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Irene Hannon's books. In That Certain Summer though, Irene makes a departure from the romantic suspense novels that I've enjoyed in the past. This newest book features two sisters who are reconnecting after nearly 20 years apart. They've never been close, but as they join together to care for their mother, they realize just how much they need each other. Interspersed within Karen and Val's stories, readers are also introduced to David and Scott who become special friends to Karen and Val. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about all four of these characters. They were interesting, and each had a great back story and growth throughout the book. The friendship that developed between Karen and Val was really special, and I was reminded repeatedly of how unique relationships between siblings are! One of the downsides, though, was that there was almost too much going on. There were four complete stories, and I wished at times that I could stick with one character or the other and continue with their story for a few more pages and/or chapters. Irene addressed some pretty heavy issues were introduced (i.e., divorce, faithfulness, abortion, lack of faith/trust in God), and I loved how she handled them with both sensitivity and realism. Midway through, I wasn't sure how all of these stories were going conclude, and I was torn about how I wanted a few things to turn out (a great thing, in my opinion!). Irene did a wonderful job pulling everything together, but I felt that I missed out on a lot of how we got to the ending. It seemed that a second book could have been written—a sequel—to give a fuller picture of the story to readers. I was left feeling like I might have missed out on some of the best parts. Overall, though, I did enjoy That Certain Summer. Irene is a wonderful writer and has a special talent for telling stories that feature Jesus at the center. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy contemporary novels that address real issues. [3.5 stars] I received a free copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest review. Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
When you feel you know the characters (or people just like them), then the author has done an excellent job in my opinion. Author Irene Hannon has done just that with the characters in her latest contemporary romance, THAT CERTAIN SUMMER. This is a story of faith, hope, and enduring life’s daily trials, along with the unexpected complications and hardships. Karen and Val are sisters, but have never had a close relationship. Val left town years ago to pursue a theater career leaving Karen to shoulder the burden of caring for their aging mother. The dream of stardom wasn’t the reason Val left, she has carried a dark secret that has kept her from returning home. When their mother suffers a stroke, Val is forced to return to her hometown. As the two sisters reconnect, they discover a bond they had never had before while dealing with a mother who is far from ideal. During the summer as they deal with their own problems, they encounter new relationships that could change their lives forever. Their mother’s physical therapist, raising a daughter on his own, connects with Val only to feel her pull away. An injured musician takes over the church choir and Karen’s world is turned upside down. Can forgiveness lead to peace, understanding and love? These characters are engaging and realistic, their situations plausible. The evolving relationship between the sisters is inspiring and moving. The tension and strain between mother and daughters resembles true life. Author Irene Hannon has created characters you will cheer for. While the faith-based story has elements of mystery you can guess, the path to resolution has a few twists along the way. The outcome may seem a bit cheesy, but will leave you filled with hope and the knowledge life is never quite as it seems. Hannon shows people often present false fronts when dealing with others and miracles come in many forms. Readers will be pulled in quickly and feel as though they are a part of the community. THAT CERTAIN SUMMER is a fascinating read that will inspire hope and better family understanding. FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book as part of a blog tour for the author and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
This Christian fiction novel reveals an old secret combined with love and forgiveness. Karen, a divorced mother of a teenager, feels frustrated as she bears all of the burdens of her life as well as those of her mother's illness. Her sister, Val, a high school drama teacher, chooses to live a good distance away and until now, has not found many opportunities to visit. However, when their mother suffers a stroke, Karen calls upon Val for help. The two sisters struggle as they learn to work together to care for their unappreciative mother. Rehab therapy sessions, meal preparation, laundry, and other necessary errands fill their lives. Somehow, the sisters discover a comfortable respect for each other. Thank you to Donna Hausler at Baker Publishing Group for my copy. Available June, 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
That Certain Summer will touch your heart... That Certain Summer By Irene Hannon This new offering from Irene Hannon will tug at your heartstrings and involve in the lives of 4 people who are going through struggles in their lives.  This is not one of Irene's suspense novels but there is nothing lacking in That Certain Summer as far as the story or the depth of the characters is concerned. Karen and Val are brought back together after their suffers a stroke.  Karen has always been the capitulating daughter and wife.  Val has lead a carefree glamorous life as a singer.  Or so they've believed... But no one's life is as it appears and this summer they are both about to discover who the other one is.  Both Karen and Val made choices when they were younger that has had an affect on their lives up to the present day.  But some choices have a lasting affect only because we let them and we cling to the guilt because we don't believe we have been forgiven by God and we can't or won't forgive ourselves. But Val and Karen's summer of healing involves more than just themselves as they have dealings with two men who are going through times of upheaval in their own lives.  Scott was the lone survivor of a crash that killed his future as far as he is concerned.  David has just moved to Washington with his young daughter Victoria.   Can healing come from reaching out to others and not focusing on ourselves and our own troubles?  Travel to Washington and discover the truth for yourself!  We all have a certain summer that changes our life and this one may change yours.  Be sure to have a box of tissue nearby - you will need it (in the last third of the book!).   That Certain Summer touches on the issues of divorce, remarriage, abortion, and death in non-judgmental and a loving Christ centered way.  This would be a book to share with anyone dealing with any of these issues.   I was provided a copy of this book by Revell in exchange for my honest review. Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.