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One Summer Paperback – December 27, 2011
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"If you know David Baldacci only as a thriller writer, you need to read more of David Baldacci. In One Summer, he writes as beautifully and insightfully about the pathways of the human heart as he does about the corridors of power. The twists and turns in this hugely emotional and unforgettable novel come from the resilience of one father's spirit and the revelation of the love that binds a family, in this world and even beyond. If you read one book this summer, make it One Summer."―Lisa Scottoline, author of Save Me
"Just when you think David Baldacci has a permanent bird's eye view of the Pentagon from Air Force One, he surprises us all with a beautifully told story of the fate of a family devastated by loss and healed by love. One Summer has it all, humor, grace and redemption, delivered with humanity and wisdom in the capable and sure hands of America's great storyteller."―Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Very Valentine and Lucia, Lucia
"One Summer is a beautifully written story about family, redemption and hope. Baldacci demonstrates why, regardless of genre, he's one of the world's foremost storytellers."―Richard Paul Evans, #1 bestselling author of The Walk and The Christmas Box
About the Author
David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at WishYouWellFoundation.org.
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He finds out he has an incurable, fast acting, debilitating, fatal disease, and may have 6 months or so to live. This tears him, his loving wife and his family apart and during the Christmas season, it looks like his time will end.
One cold night with icy roads, his wife runs out to get his pain medications, over his objections, and dies in an auto accident. There is so much pain, His mother-in-law and his 16 year old daughter, in their grief, even lash out at him for letting his wife leave the house. He ends up in hospice, his children are divided up between family members out of state and he waits to die.
But he does not. His body gets better, he gets his kids back, he inherits use of his wife's grandmother's house on the ocean. He is given a second chance.
This is a story of love, loss, and healing.
Some said it was sappy, maybe a little. Second change miracles are not especially common, though I know a few people who have been touched. For some it was a blessing and they enjoyed and were grateful, for others, it was as if it never was and those in a downward personal slide kept going down. The biggest miracle might be the one that changes perspective and allows you to see the good and add to it.
I enjoyed the book.