One Summer

One Summer

Large Print - 2011
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Jack is terminally ill and has a very short time to live. As Christmas approaches, he prepares to spend his last days with his wife Lizzie and their three kids. But suddenly, Lizzie is tragically killed in a car accident, and the children are separated and sent to live with different family members. However, when Jack miraculously recovers, he sets out to reunite his family.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2011
ISBN: 9781455500123
Branch Call Number: L FICTION BALDACCI
Characteristics: 501 p


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Jan 10, 2017

It's a well-written book, to me, it's a very moving piece.

Jun 11, 2016

If you like Nicholas Sparks books you will like this. It is Christmas and Jack is near death. His wife goes out in a raging blizzard to get his pain medication and dies in a car accident, leaving Jack and his three children to cope. Enter her parents who get Jack into hospice care and the children parcelled out to family members. Jack lingers on and, miraculously, begins to get better and goes into complete remission from an unnamed condition that is only known to be fatal. He wants his children back, fights for them, and takes them, along with his buddy from the armed services, to his wife's childhood home on the ocean in South Carolina. Here the real story of recovery, rebuilding and reconnecting take place. Actually quite predictable, but still a story that keeps you reading. I wouldn't call this great literature but it is a good summer novel, which for some sensitive readers will require a tissue or twenty.

Apr 30, 2014

I gave this four stars because it was well-written and, I thought, written from the author's heart. Obviously from his comments at the beginning of the book, he felt compelled to write this and so it has to mean something. I think the main theme of this story is not to always believe what you are told, but to believe in what is beyond us--which is sometimes the impossible (according to what we are led to believe) and which is something none of us can explain. Perhaps it could be a strength outside ourselves that nurtures our soul within? which I am sure many of us have experienced at times. I think that is the message that has come through from this writer in this book. I like David B's books a lot and can only recommend them.

Mar 17, 2014

Just discovered this author - "One Summer". Now I'm looking for more of his books!

Jan 17, 2014

Was this book made into a movie? I swear I watched a movie just like this book but can't figure out what the movie was called.

mrsgail5756 Dec 22, 2013

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

sablegirl Jun 13, 2013

A wonderful story about a father's eminent death and then a miracle happens. This was a very sad but heartwarming story of a man's "rebirth" and his struggle to accept things that happen in life and his relationship with his children. I think this is a departure from David Baldacci's usual genre but I loved it! I hightly recommend it. But don't start reading it on the "L" - spoiler alert - very sad in the beginning!

rebecco25 Oct 24, 2012

I am a fan of David Baldacci's thrillers, but I loved this book, although it is a total departure from his usual offerings. I found this beautifully and sensitively written. I read 2-3 books a week and often forget much of them very quickly, but this one touched my heart and stays memorable.

Mar 26, 2012

First Baldacci novel. Delightful story of family, dad recovering. all-American hero but well-written

jasonmyangel Oct 28, 2011

The first book of his I've read and it was marvelous. Want to read them all.

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