Thursday, June 20, 2013

That Certain Summer



Two very different sisters . . . an unexpected homecoming . . . one unforgettable summerKaren and Val are family--yet they're anything but close. Karen has carried the burden of responsibility for her aging mother ever since her sister left town years ago to pursue a career in theater. But Val had other reasons for moving away--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 past mistakes as they care for their ailing mother. When two handsome men enter the picture, the summer takes on a surprising new dimension. As their lives intersect, can each of them learn how to forgive, let go, and 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, award-winning author Irene Hannon pens an inspiring true-to-life tale of complex relationships, the search for forgiveness, and the life-changing process of finding love.

My Review:

Two romances for the price of one! Add a liberal dose of familial angst to magnify the drama and you get a rich, emotional read. I was on tenterhooks for most the read, my tummy doing dips and dives as I grappled right along with Karen and Val. Their journey towards reconciliation was truly moving...and complicated. And the romances just add even more depth to the story. Hannon knows how to carry her readers away with compelling tales that accurately reflect life...and the hope the gospel can bring to it.

Giveway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of That Certain Summer, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday June 23 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


  1. From your description, I know I would enjoy this book. Thanks for offering a copy of That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon.
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  2. Your review is intriguing... complications and added depth sound like they combine to make this book a great read!

  3. Great review! And thanks for the chance to win!

  4. I like storyline lines like this when it comes to families. I want to see Karen and Val's own stories and the relationship they have. Loving the colors on the cover too :)


  5. Very summer, isn't it Na? Intereting how colours affect us. Good luck!

    Thanks Abbi. Good luck to you too.

    And good luck Kay and A.Kay! It's a great summer read.

  6. I love Irene's romantic suspense stories, so I am intrigued by That Certain Summer. This looks like a great suummer read!
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  7. thanks for the chance to read this novel, kav

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  8. We have Irene's books in the Church Library. I would love to win this one to add to our collection.
    Janet E.

  9. Good luck Merry, Karen and Janet!

  10. I don't think I've ever read any of Irene's books before, thanks for the chance to win!


  11. Nooooooooooo Patty, say it ain't so! Lucky you though because you have tons of fantastic stories to discover. Good luck!

  12. Yes Irene knows how to write them ... add me to your list on this one. She is a great author. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

  13. You are added Becky. Good luck!

  14. Sounds like a wonderful summertime read. I love romance and to get two!! Wow! Thanks for the chance!


  15. I have been eyeing this book for a while. I love the cover and haven't read anything by Irene yet but would love to.



  16. I love Irene Hannon's books, so this is a must read for me! Thanks for the giveaway!


  17. Good luck Heidi, Melissa and Freda!!

  18. Another one to add to my list, Kav. Thanks for reading all these and reviewing them for us. I aspire to be as avid a reader as you. A lofty goal which will never happen, but one can always hope. :)