Book Review: Summer’s List

30 Jun

412324_w185A 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?

AHigman-174Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

 

My Impressions:

Summer’s List by Anita Higman is a contemporary romance that reads a bit like a fractured fairy tale, complete with a fairy grandmother, evil step-brothers and an awkward prince! The characters learn to live, love and dream before the happily ever after. This one is a quick and light read for the hopeful romantic.

Summer has been putting others first for so long, she has difficulty living for herself. Faced with loss, she is commanded to go on a quest — a bucket list of sorts — to find out what she wants. Along the way Summer finds herself and the elusive love she has been searching for.

While the premise of Summer’s List really appealed to me — learning to live, following dreams — I really could not get into this book. Many of the characters were caricatures, and to me, too unbelievable. I did like Summer’s grandmother and her wisdom in sending Summer on a necessary life quest, but although an integral part of the story, she was not featured enough for me. I guess I would have liked more development and background information for the characters to understand motivations and reactions. The dialog seemed a bit stilted breaking up the flow of the story for me. Even though this was not a favorite of mine, many other reviewers loved it, so please check out other reviews HERE.

Audience: adults.

(Thanks to River North and LitFuse for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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