Saturday, June 8, 2013

That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon

That Certain SummerBook Description:

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?
With her trademark compelling characters and heartwarming hope, fan favorite Irene Hannon offers her readers an inspiring true-to-life tale of complex family relationships, transgressions revealed and forgiven, and the complicated process of finding love.

My Thoughts:
This was a really good book.  Karen has always been the 'good' daughter.  She takes care of everything, and has always been responsible, but not her mother's favorite.  Val left to lead a glamorous life and be an least that is what everyone believes.  Karen's life is to juggle and keep balance but when their mother has a stroke, she has to call Val for help and both will learn misconceptions usually lead to wrong conclusions.
I loved that this book is about learning that everyone sees things differently and that our perceptions aren't always true.  That the perceptions we have lead to our opinions being wrong and maybe guilt held for the wrong reasons or maybe just us being wrong all together.  The two sisters were completely different but coming together they get to discover who each other really is.  Their love interests aren't perfect either and have their own life problems.  That 'Certain Summer' can change your life if you let it. 
It was a 4/5 for me.  Not one of Ms. Hannon's suspense novels but definitely a good read!
Thank you for Revell for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.