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Review/Giveaway – Summer’s List by Anita Higman

summer's listSummer’s List
Contemporary Christian Fiction
Setting – Texas
Publisher: River North (June 1, 2015)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0802412324
E-Book ASIN: B00PI111LS


A dying wish alters the course of a young woman’s life.

Life hadn’t been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessness-caring for her ailing parents and running her grandmother’s bookstore-she had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love… didn’t turn out. She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing something-or someone.

Opportunity strikes when Granny sends Summer on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree, a kind but gangly young man from Summer’s past. A childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is a little different from what I have been reading lately but when I was offered a copy to review I jumped at it.

Summer has put everyone else first and she made some poor choices in the romance department. She breaks off her latest relationship and goes to visit her grandmother to give her the news but her grandmother has news of her own. She is very sick and has just a few months to live. As a woman who is very strong in her faith she is not really scared or upset about the news but Summer is devastated and doesn’t want to accept that her grandmother is dying. Her grandmother has a perfect solution to help Summer.  She gives her a list, sort of a bucket list, but more a list of things Summer missed out on while she was taking care of others. The top item on the list was finding her childhood friend and even includes taking a hot air balloon ride. Summer was hesitant but finally agrees.

This a wonderful story. I loved the characters and really appreciated the many messages sent throughout the story. The characters are all flawed and dealing with different things in their lives. A few are angry at God and believe me I am in the place several times each day. One of the supporting characters had suicidal thoughts, just like my son, and I thought I was not going to be able to finish. I don’t think this is too much of a spoiler, but the outcome in the story was different than in my life, and I was happy for that.

I have not read anything by this author before but hope to read more of her books in the future. She is a great storyteller and weaves the religious parts in excellently and doesn’t come off as preachy at all.  The romance parts are just what you would expect for this type of novel.

If Christian fiction is a genre you enjoy I highly recommend this story.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

This great meme is hosted by Sheila at
Book Journey”.
It’s a great way to start the week and
find out what other bloggers are reading.
My To-Be-Read pile has grown to an
unbelievable number thanks to this meme.

Sheila has started posting some reviews and Morning Meanderings.
Please keep her in your prayers.

As for me I still have tears often and miss Kris so much. Spending time with family helps. Kris’ daughter Natalie was with us over the weekend and for only 3 years old she is so smart. She asks to sit on my lap at the computer to see pictures of her daddy. She has such an imagination that we took a trip with all her stuffed animals on an airplane through the roof, picking up Aunt Betsy as we passed through the ceiling and her room and out the roof so we can all go to the zoo. My oldest daughter’s family joined us Friday night to watch Despicable Me, Natalie’s favorite DVD right now, and then we attended a family housewarming party on Saturday where she continued to laugh and play. Nana and Papa also received many hugs, kisses, and “LOVE YOU”‘s. I see so much of Kris in her and so wish her was still here to hold her hand and take her places both real and imaginary.

Here’s my recap of reading for last week and what I am planning this week.


Purl Up and Die (A Knitting Mystery)

Release Date: June 2, 2015
Guest Post and Review Here
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Release Date: June 9, 2015
Review will be up tomorrow
goodreads-badge-add-plus Death at Timberly: A Lucy Belling and Maude Grimsworth Mystery (Lucy Belling and Maude Grimsworth Series) (Volume 1)

Release Date: March 2, 2015
Maithili Pradhan will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Let Me Die in His Footsteps: A Novel

Release Date: June 2, 2015
For Review
This one was pushed to this week because family time comes before reading time 🙂

Smothered, Covered & Dead: (A Jordan McAllister Mystery)

Release Date: May 27, 2015
For Review


A Fatal Chapter (A Booktown Mystery)

Release Date: June 2, 2015
For Review

Summer’s List

Release Date: June 1, 2015
For Review



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