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We'll Have The Summer [Kindle Edition]

Dutch Henry
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The doctors say she’ll be gone by fall, but they have one last summer. One hot summer to consummate a lifetime of love, to cry together, laugh together ... remember together. When a troubled teenage girl and an injured horse turn to them for help, Mary and Sam Holt find enough room in their own large and breaking hearts to show the girl life’s glories and restore a champion’s will. We’ll Have The Summer is a magnificent story about life, love, and horses.  


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"We ll have the summer is one of the most touching stories I've ever read. The love triangle between man, woman and horse has never been so poignantly displayed. If you don't cry you eyes out see a doctor immediately, there's something wrong with your tear ducts!"

--Tom Scrima, General Manager of the American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA).

"We'll Have the Summer is a magnificent story about, life, love and horses. Dutch Henry paints vivid and realistic scenes with compelling characters. These days there are many books and writers but I have ridden with Dutch personally. Dutch is the real deal. His talents are equal to the best I've ever seen. He can take us with his words to those places we want to visit or re-visit. I highly recommend him and asked him if I could do so. I want you to enjoy his talents as much as I do."

--Tom Seay, star and producer of RFD-TV's popular show, Best of America By Horseback

"Dutch shows us that connected relationships with both humans and animals are the rich threads that create textured engagement in the tapestry of life. Captured in the flavor of authentic western lifestyle, we see the poignant lives of courageous women, kind-hearted cowboys, devoted friends and the horses that bring them together. We'll Have the Summer is a tale of determination and challenge interwoven with joy, happiness and the depth of character that only a skilled author can produce. Everyone who has felt the bitter sweet pull of love and loss should read this book. It will inspire even the most conventional to unreservedly move past their comfort zone."

--Carole Herder, President, Cavallo Horse & Rider Inc.

From the Author

When I wrote "We'll Have The Summer" I wanted to write a story of an uncommon love so enduring it could overcome insurmountable obstacles. My passion for horses and the way they can enrich a person's life needed to be part of the story. I believe in the power of love and the spirit of the horse; these two forces come together to tell this story. My only job was to fill in the details.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1636 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1603818375
  • Publisher: Camel Press (March 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QS989G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,720 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We''ll Have The Summer June 10, 2011
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If you want a quick read that will consume and take you into the world of the characters; this book will do it. I immediately fell in love with each of the characters and the animals. Probably what impressed me more than anything else was the unconditional love that Sam and Mary had for one another. This same love spilled over for others, including animals, that touched their lives. It was quite obvious that the main characters had their share of hard luck but it never defined who they were. Dutch did such a great job of articulating to the point of making it so easy for the reader to feel their own presence throughout the story. You will find yourself sharing the same emotions of each character as you read. I highly recommend We'll Have The Summer. One of the very best books I've had the priviledge to read. Thanks, Dutch.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book! June 5, 2011
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This is a must read book! You cant put it down! My friend and I read it at the same time. We just couldnt believe how good it was. I cried and thought about it alot after I read it. The life and the love she had with her horses and her cowboy. I will read it again and again. Thank you Dutch!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We'll have the Summer May 2, 2011
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First book I've read in years - not much of a reader, but love horses! Felt most of the emotions the characters went through in the book. Was happy, smiled, sad, pissed off, felt warm all over. Favorite parts were When Sam brings Commanche home, Mary's determination and when Linda visits Phillip @ the jail. Her words of wisdom to Phillip made me shout "Horray"!! Glad she out smarted him. A must read for horse lovers!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Realistic and Modern Western April 10, 2011
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It may not be a "shoot `em up" but We'll Have the Summer is a western through and through from the setting in Arizona to the interaction between man and horse, man, woman, life and death, all the elements are there. In this complete package is a love story, a bit of cowboy justice, lots of riding, horses and acts of courage, guts and love. The cowboy doesn't get the girl or ride off into the sunset like on the silver screen but in a bit of modern reality the sun sets on the heroine while the hero is left to ride the trail with the help of his friends.

Dutch Henry presents a realistic and modern day western that takes an honest look at things like cancer, the cost of living with disease, the plight of the American mustang and the reality of relationships of men, women and families. He does this against the back drop of the American West, rodeo, a working dude ranch, the Fourth of July and the everyday life of modern cowboys.
His progressive chronology, with the occasional flashback needed for clarity and color, aids in the telling of the story and its eventual finale.

His characters are real. I can picture Mary with the crooked smile and that look of determination in her eyes. Sam is tall, rawboned, hardened and baked by the Arizona sun with a heart like marshmallow for Mary. The foul-mouthed and belligerent Barbara is every parent's nightmare and the kid you love to hate then come to love like one of your own. Rusty, Susan, Phillip, Linda and Morgan all strike me like people I've known.

Dutch brings to the center arena the love story of a cowboy and a cowgirl that had a storybook beginning but now are facing a life and death tragedy. Not the first tragedy they had to suffer, as Callie, their daughter dies at an early age.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful cry March 20, 2011
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Dutch Henry's debut novel is a weepy romance. If you are a girl who loves horses, or a woman who has loved a man, or a man who has loved both, this is a book for you. Against the grandure of Arizona where wild horses still run free, two loves stories play out. Sam and Mary are coming to the end of a long and wonderful marriage, when into their lives comes bratty Barbara, a spoiled girl full of attitude. How these three people help each other and a rescued horse is a good read. My only suggestion is that this be sold with at least one packet of tissues. I started crying in the first chapter and kept it up throughout.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Love That Every Person Yearns For April 12, 2011
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The love between Sam and Mary is what I believe every man or woman yearn for. The words of this novel pour off the page and suck you in right from the beginning. You feel the loving emotions as if you were being loved in this way and the anger with Phillip like it was your own and you were throwing the punches. My only complaint is that the book ended. Oh and what an ending it was...... This would make a wonderful movie. Well Done Dutch! Looking forward to a follow-up to this or another novel all together.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be a movie! Great read! March 21, 2011
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Dutch Henry really has the ability to draw you in with his characters and the flow of his story telling. I am not usually a romance novel type of person but the depth of his characters had me hooked within the first five pages. I have never ridden a horse nor have I ever been to Arizona, but after the striking imagery portrayed in this outstanding novel I now have the urge to do both. In my opinion this novel would make an excellent film.

If you are looking for a great read, believe in enduring love and want a good old fashion cry akin to "Terms of Endearment" and " Steel Magnolias" then you definately want to check out Dutch Henry's "We'll have the Summer".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a must read for anyone- couldn't put it down
Published 19 days ago by Wanda Cobbins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars from a Snooty Reader
Having just come down from reading a series of rather highbrow thrillers, We'll Have the Summer started off like... well.... a bit of fluff. Read more
Published 3 months ago by G. Booher
4.0 out of 5 stars Good But Sad
Keep a tissue handy with this short read. You see the writing on the wall early on, but still hope for a miracle. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Linda R
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book!!!
Dutch has written a wonderful story of love and loss, compassion and hope. It is a deeply moving story and if you have ever loved someone, ever loved a horse you must get this... Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars We'll Have the Summer
I loved this book. Couldn't put it down or get enough of it. It flowed well and was very exciting esp to see how some of the characters changed during the story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Spring Break book!
This book is well written and really gives the reader insight into the choices made by the characters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Acsspunkydog
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming story with lots of emotion on many levels
The interaction of a husband and wife in the face of adversity is heart warming while the transformation of a young girl in the midst of an unhappy parental marriage is... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Shirley V. Harris
3.0 out of 5 stars Happy and Sad
Enjoyed the book. Good story line, lots of emotions and deep love. How do you spend your last summer with cancer. I will read this book again.
Published 6 months ago by B. Boudreau
5.0 out of 5 stars a great but sad book
Really liked the way barbara shaped up and come around. Mrs holt sure was an inspriration. Would recommend to all my friends
Published 8 months ago by jane
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming story
I like easy-read books with a clear plotline and charming characters. This book had plenty of both. I hope this isn't a spoiler, but you'll need a tissue to finish.
Published 10 months ago by Candee
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More About the Author

"When writing We'll Have The Summer, I wanted to write a story of an uncommon love so enduring it could overcome insurmountable obstacles. My passion for horses and the way they can enrich a person's life needed to be part of the story. I believe in the power of love and the spirit of the horse and these two forces came together to tell this story. My only job was to fill in the details." - Dutch Henry

Visit -- www.dutchhenryauthor.com -- to learn more about Dutch or send an email to -- dutchhenry@hughes.net --

Horses and storytelling have always been a part of Dutch Henry's life. It was just natural that the two should someday merge. He's always dreamed of writing. He dabbled throughout his life but got serious a few years ago. His fingers hit the keyboard and he wrote his first novel.

All of Dutch's stories focus around horses. Horses have always been a big part of his life. He grew up on a farm as a foster child and counted the horses he worked with in the field as some of his closest friends. His love of trail riding led him to compete in long distance competitive and endurance riding. These days his relaxation is riding his mare, Keshia, into the woods to the enjoy sights and sounds of nature.

Dutch has turned to the keyboard to salute the people who help horses and horses who help people. As a freelance writer Dutch tells the stories of "People and Horses Helping Horses and People". He writes about therapeutic riding centers, horse rescues that use rescue horses to save at-risk kids,people who devote their lives to save the wild mustangs, mounted patrol officers who use their spare time to teach youths the joy of responsibility and therapeutic riding centers who help our veterans. And, world famous trainers who devote millions to scholarships.

Dutch's articles can be found in many popular equine magazines.



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