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The Summer Kitchen (Blue Sky Hill Series) Kindle Edition

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Length: 388 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"Wingate's novels [are] like those of Nicholas Sparks and Richard Paul Evans."
-The Eagle (Bryan-College Station, TX)

About the Author

Lisa Wingate writes both Accent novels and contemporary romances for NAL.  She lives with her husband and two sons in the central Texas hill country, where she is a popular inspirational speaker, writing instructor, and magazine columnist.

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  • File Size: 795 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (May 6, 2009)
  • Publication Date: July 7, 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028T82ME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,779 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Selected among BOOKLIST'S Top 10 of 2012 and Top 10 of 2013, Lisa Wingate skillfully weaves lyrical writing and unforgettable Southern settings with elements of women's fiction, history, and mystery to create stories that Publisher's Weekly calls "Masterful" and Library Journal refers to as "A good option for fans of Nicholas Sparks and Mary Alice Monroe."

Debbie Macomber says, "I am in awe of Lisa Wingate's talent. The Prayer Box is a masterpiece of storytelling and skill."

THE OFFICIAL BIO: Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and the author of over twenty mainstream fiction novels, including the national bestseller, Tending Roses, now in its nineteenth printing. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a two-time Carol Award winner. Her novels are known for taking on gritty subjects while offering redemptive and uplifting themes. Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others, as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. More information about Lisa's novels can be found at or on Facebook at:

IN THE WRITER'S OWN WORDS: A special first grade teacher, Mrs. Krackhardt, made a writer out of me. That may sound unlikely, but it's true. It's possible to find a calling when you're still in pigtails and Mary Jane shoes, and to know it's your calling. I was halfway through the first grade when I landed in Mrs. Krackhardt's classroom. I was fairly convinced there wasn't anything all that special about me... and then, Mrs. Krackhardt stood over my desk and read a story I was writing. She said things like, "This is a great story! I wonder what happens next?"

It isn't every day a shy new kid gets that kind of attention. I rushed to finish the story, and when I wrote the last word, the teacher took the pages, straightened them on the desk, looked at me over the top, and said, "You are a wonderful writer!"

A dream was born. Over the years, other dreams bloomed and died tragic, untimely deaths. I planned to become an Olympic gymnast or win the National Finals Rodeo, but there was this matter of back flips on the balance beam and these parents who stubbornly refused to buy me a pony. Yet the writer dream remained. I always believed I could do it because... well... my first grade teacher told me so, and first grade teachers don't lie.

So, that is my story, and if you are a teacher, or know a teacher, or ever loved a special teacher, I salute you from afar and wish you days be filled with stories worth telling and stories worth reading.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C Quilts on July 15, 2009
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Once again, Lisa Wingate writes a beautiful story of everyday people, mixes in life lessons, wonderful quotes, and demonstrates that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

I often refer to her as the most inspirational writer of our time. I love how she always makes the reader think about others, and how the events happening in one's life will often change our outlook for the better.

This is a story about a successful Dr's wife that one day sees life through the eyes of seemingly forgotten children. With a loaf of bread, and some peanut butter and jelly, the people and the story are knit together beautifully. Excellent read.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ed Stevens on July 9, 2009
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The Summer Kitchen is Lisa Wingate's new exciting and inspirational book! It is one of those straight through books-Can't put it down until finished.

Seventeen year old Rusty and his twelve year old sister, Cass Salley Blue, runaway from home just after their mother's funeral, to avoid foster care. Barely earning enough to keep a place to live and food on the table, they end up in a dilapidated apartment in a struggling section of Dallas. SandraKaye Darden is preparing her deceased uncle's little red house for sale. The house is located near Cass and Rusty's apartment.

The Summer Kitchen is laced with inspirational quotes. Cass Salley Blue: "Some lady told me once that when you don't like where you are, you could close your eyes and think of the place you'd rather be...If you believed it enough she said, it'd be just like you were there. A mind trip she called it."
"If the mountain's big, you gotta dream bigger, Cass Salley Blue. Nothing is impossible if you've got enough faith. You remember that."

Cass Salley Blue and Opel in her new "tshoos" will be long remembered!

This is a very special book by an extraordinary author! A book that hopefully makes it to the movies soon.

I highly recommend "the Summer Kitchen"!

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary G. Longorio VINE VOICE on November 15, 2009
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SandraKaye Darden doesn't need another thing to worry about. Her adopted son Jake has run away, her husband seems distracted, and her son Christopher is growing up and edging away. Then the call comes, SandraKaye needs to return to Poppy's house. Her grandfather's home had been a place of family and refuge and his sudden death has left her feeling empty and hurt. Now, when she needs her family to pull together, they are all moving in different directions and she has to face selling Poppy's house and letting go of her happy family memories.

Returning to the small, worn out house in a run down area of Dallas is just a reminder of better times and it seems impossible for Sandrakaye to let it go. Ignoring the suggestions of the Realtor just to dump the property, she decides to put some fresh paint into the place and then think about selling. Little does she know that the small house is still providing refuge to people in the neighborhood. Cass Blue is trying to keep things together for her and her younger brother. Since ditching foster care Cass has been on the move trying to find the two of them a home. One day a woman shows up with some free sandwiches and Cass dares to hope that life will be good. Though the neighborhood is down on its luck, there are people who give and who try to make their community a better place, like the book lady. Cass and Rusty can always find a book and moments of normal childhood within the walls of her store. But there is always danger....after all Poppy hadn't been safe in his neighborhood.

Lisa Wingate has returned with the second installment in the Blue Sky trilogy. Keeping true to the theme, the characters return to an older part of Dallas and the people who live or have passed through the neighborhood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Fuller on March 23, 2010
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I have read everything Lisa Wingate has written. This one is my favorite. The characters were so real; I expected to run into them in the grocery store. As an adoptive parent it was so refreshing for me to see a book with adoption as a part, but not being a huge deal. I loved that the adoptive mom did not refer to her son as adopted; he was just her son, just as loved as her biological son. That is how it is in my life, but so often that's not how fiction portrays adoption. I loved the interplay between her two very different characters. The young girl from the "wrong side of the tracks" so to speak, with the middle aged suburban mom. I had to wonder how one author did so well at getting inside both women's heads. A lot of wisdom is hidden away in this gem of a book. Lots to make you think.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vicky B. Parker on September 13, 2009
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I love Lisa Wingates stories, they are so inspirational and usually surprising in their outcomes. She was able to solve the problems of Sandra Kaye and Cass Blue in the story about a wonderful old house that belonged to a beloved uncle Poppy. I had never heard of a summer kitchen before. Lisa's ability to tell about friendships, hardships and get you, the reader, involved with her characters are so great. The story also brings attention to how children survive when their parents aren't around and how much it means to have God in your life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By weser on August 25, 2009
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Lisa Wingate has turned out another wonderful book. I love her way of making us see what is important in life, simple writing, yet with a profound message. If you have liked her other books, you will certainly enjoy this one. Happy reading.
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