Summer’s List, by Anita Higman

book coverPublisher’s Overview:

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?

My Take:

Summer’s relationship with a political candidate comes to an end when she determines she’s not cut out to be a politician’s wife. That same evening, she learns her grandmother – her only living relative – is dying. Granny, as she calls her, is at peace with the news but it’s clear Summer isn’t. To distract her, Granny sends her off on a quest to complete a list of activities. The first task on it is to find a certain friend from twenty years ago. It doesn’t take long to complete, because Granny has already located his address online.

I couldn’t get into Summer’s List as much as I’d hoped. I thought the book became more about Martin’s relationship with his antagonistic brothers rather than about the completion of Summer’s list. It also seemed as though the author was trying to cram too much in and the end result was a lack of detail. If Granny was able to locate Martin that easily online, then that’s either unrealistic or downright scary. Sadly, I suspect these days it might be the latter. Why was Granny so determined that Summer rekindle a teenage friendship anyway? Additionally, there was a late thread involving Summer’s ex-fiancé that began and then disappeared with very little to show for it.

In conclusion, I have to say Summer’s List is a pleasant enough read for a summer’s day if you’re not looking for anything too meaty. And, look, there are a lot worse things you can read. However, if you’re new to Anita Higman, I recommend Winter in Full Bloom which came out two years ago.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group and River North for my complimentary copy of Summer’s List, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

Have you read Summer’s List? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.

Publisher: River North (a division of Moody Publishing)

Publication Date: 01 June 2015

Page Count: 288

Read more on:   Anita Higman’s Website   River North’s Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Books-a-million


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