Monday, June 3, 2013

That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon

I love this Missouri girl! Irene Hannon is one of the best. This book is something so different, so unexpected, but yet, we see the same classy style of writing from Irene Hannon. I would expect nothing but the best from her. I have read her earlier series, Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice and I was just blown away. I have heard her compared to Dee Henderson, but Irene Hannon is proving that she doesn't need comparing. She has hit this newest gem out of the park!

That Certain Summer is a contemporary story. It holds forgiveness and love. Finding one's self in the yesterday of home and experiencing a change that could only take place when the heart is ready. We follow  two sisters through a transformation of the heart. One so certain of herself and the other doubting every move. But over the summer as these two sisters grow closer than ever before, they see themselves through their sister's eye for the very first time. They find something magical.

Their mother needs help recovering and this momma isn't one that hands out complements. Crabby and bitter would be an understatement. But even momma finds she really does have a softer heart once all the mean is removed.

This was an outstanding read for me. I can say I think it's award winning. It would make for a great movie!  Karen and Val think they are so different from one another, but as the summer moves forward they learn to depend on one another. Circumstances have brought change to their lives. Change isn't always easy. Moving forward isn't always something we think possible. But isn't it always better when you have someone by your side?

Did I hear someone say love? Yes, your going to find love and romance in these pages. These ladies, these sisters, now call themselves friends. They grow in faith as they see God move in ways they never expected.

This story is woven together so creatively your hooked from the first pages. The characters seem so real they could be your neighbor. You might even find yourself in this story. Leaving the past behind is letting go and letting God in so that today can be lived with a joy yesterday never knew. Friends, this is a tale you don't want to miss!

This Certain Summer was a gift from Revell for sharing my review.

Irene Hannon is the author of more than 35 novels, including the bestselling Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, a HOLT Medallion, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. Booklist also included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri.

For more information about her and her books, Irene invites you to visit her website at


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