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A Month of Summer (Tending Roses ) Paperback – July 1, 2008

4.6 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
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After a call from the Dallas police, Rebecca Macklin leaves her family and law practice in California to return to her childhood home to deal with her estranged father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. She has built up a lifetime of resentment toward her father after he divorced her mother and married Hannah Beth. Arriving at the house, she finds everything in disarray and Hannah Beth recovering in the nursing home from a debilitating stroke. Hannah Beth’s mentally disabled son’s simple joy starts to thaw the resentment that Rebecca has built up for decades, and she is torn as she takes care of her father, who confuses her with her mother, and desperately misses her own family even though there are problems with her marriage. With her signature gentle spiritualism, Wingate sheds light on the toll that aging and disease take on families as she launches a new series with broad appeal. --Patty Engelmann

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aA remarkably talented and innovative writer, with a real feel for human emotions.a
-Linda Lael Miller
aLisa Wingate is a glorious storyteller.a
-Adriana Trigiani

?A remarkably talented and innovative writer, with a real feel for human emotions.?
-Linda Lael Miller

?Lisa Wingate is a glorious storyteller.?
-Adriana Trigiani

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Product Details

  • Series: Tending Roses (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Accent; 1st edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451224035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451224033
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Wingate's tenth book, A Month of Summer

"Life, Claude says is a journey by train. Outside the window, the scenery is rushing by. If you look away for even an instant, something passes uncaptured. Far in the future, when you leaf through the photo album of memory, your finger, aged and crooked, will rub lightly over that empty space, and you'll wonder, What might have been there?" And so begin the journeys of Rebecca, Hanna Beth, Claude, Edward, Teddy and others as they all eventually meet in a Texas nursing home.

Rebecca, Edward's estranged 45 year old daughter, living with her husband and daughter in California, gets a call from the Dallas police that her father has been found wandering the neighborhood, and that something must be done. This brings Rebecca to Texas and so begin her experiences with an aging father, afflicted with dementia, and a mother in law, Hannah Beth, who is in the nursing home after a stroke.

As I read this extraordinary story, my mind kept wandering to the movie that's sure to come. Who would be in it? Jack Nicholson could be Claude, the kindly nursing home resident who once drove the trains loaded with the former prisoners from the concentration camps. Julia Roberts could be Rebecca. Meryl Streep could be Hanna Beth, while Tom Hanks could be Edward. What a movie that will be!

Wingate takes a serious subject, a subject that each of us may one day encounter, creates interesting characters and weaves them into exciting stories and mixes the story with humor that makes this book unforgettable. The Incontinence Olympics description is a must read! I'm still laughing about it.

I started reading the book in the late afternoon and didn't lay it down until finished in the early morning. I really loved the book and highly recommend it! I have now read it three times.

Ed
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This book was an all nighter. I just couldn't put it down. Lisa always writes such interesting books, especially for women. I love eveything I have read by her to date. I always look forward to the next release.
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This book is amazing, and it really changed my perspective and gave me healing and hope in my mind. We were taking care of my precious father in our home. After breaking a hip, he had gone blind, couldn't walk, his slight dementia had accelerated, he was in diapers. It was so hard for me to deal with. My daughter got this book from the library and I read it on a Wednesday night. Stayed up all night, could not put in down, cried as I read it because it spoke so clearly of so many of my own feelings. Dad was in hospice respite care for five days at this time. After reading the book, I felt a surge of new life in me on Thursday and worked so hard at preparing his house to bring him home from Hospice Respite on Friday morning. They called at before 7:00 a.m. on Friday and I thought they were calling to tell me what time to expect him home; but instead, they said when they made the rounds at 5:l5, he had passed away in his sleep. I was just shocked even though we knew death was imminent. I thought I would be better prepared, I wasn't. This book made all the difference in the world, and it is still helping me. If you are a caregiver or know someone who is, please read the book for yourself. It will give you understanding on this. I will be there for my friends in the future when they become caregivers or even for someone I don't know if they need help. It makes one see how precious and fragile life really is, and it makes us see what is important - love. Love is not tangible, it cannot be seen, does not have a price tag on it but it is so real and it last forever, it is priceless. This was my first read by this author, but I certainly plan on reading her other books and keeping up with her new ones.
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Great book as usual. Very nice story ~ not so predictable ~ just good clean writing.
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Rebecca Macklin has it all, but feels a void whenever she thinks of her parents' divorce when she was twelve and the abandonment she felt with her father out of her life. She and her Mom moved to California, and she never wanted to return to Dallas in the past twenty five or so years. Her life is great except for a few nagging worries about her husband Kyle's interest in his clients and office staff. Her fairly settled world is sent spinning when the Dallas Police call and tell her they found her father wandering the streets in a disheveled state. Rebecca has known about her father's Alzheimer's, but had allowed herself to push it aside. Let his second family deal with the issue. Her step-mother is in a nursing home recovering from a stroke and social services will be called in unless family can make arrangements. Grudgingly, Rebecca travels back to Dallas for the first time since she left as a child. She is ill prepared to face the memories and is overwhelmed by the needs of her father, the feelings towards her father's second wife Hanna Beth, and her adult son, Teddy. As she struggles to make care arrangements, sort through the home she once loved, and to help Teddy, she faces the memories of her late mother and the feelings of betrayal. Spending time under the roof that had sheltered her as a child, she begins to understand that all may not have been as it seemed to twelve year old Rebecca. A Month of Summer travels the winding road of difficult decisions and the willingness to open a heart to new truths. The portrayal of Alzheimer's, stroke recovery and cognitive damage are facets of the character's life, not the characters, themselves. Anyone who lived in the Dallas area thirty years ago will recognize the look and feel of Dallas they remember.Read more ›
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