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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934912395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934912393
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,457,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The family farm is facing a crisis. Gram and Gramps owe thousands of dollars in taxes, their septic system needs an upgrade, and the town of Oakville is looking to expand onto their land. This is the backdrop for A Summer in Oakville, which is actually four stories from the point of view of four different family members. First there is Tess. Her marriage is floundering and the re-entrance of an old flame accentuates her apparent mid-life crisis. Her daughter Lindsay is determined to fight for the farm, despite her attraction to a good-looking businessman bent on ‘progress’. Andy, Tess’s troubled teen nephew, has come to Oakville for the summer and gets involved with the wrong crowd, even though his attraction to the pastor’s daughter has his heart searching for meaning in life. His father and Tess’s brother, Art, comes home as well, still grieving over life’s losses and looking for a way to reconnect. Each family member brings a fresh perspective to the same storyline and each must deal with their own demons from the past as well as look to finding love and acceptance in the future. Ultimately, the book is about reliance on God. I enjoyed it very much and recommend it to readers who like contemporary drama that is heavy on characterization.
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When Tessa Murphy's husband takes off on a new business venture, the Oakville, Wisconsin wife refuses to follow. She grew up in this community where Gram and Gramps still own the family farm of four generations. Why would she leave her home, her roots, her source of calm in the turmoil of her life? But it is not the present that bothers her as much as the past that holds a secret she has never shared. The new stranger in town forces her to deal with the guilt that has long haunted her.
A surprise return by her college-grad daughter who decides she'd rather live with Gram and Gramps on the farm, forces Tessa to confront the ghosts of her past. Can she prevent her daughter from making the same mistake that she did so long ago?
And Tessa's brother Art--where has he been all these years since his twin brother died? Facing his own painful memories and guilt, the recently widowed Art finally returns, only to discover he has to face his past to find healing in his future.
Art's teenage son Andy is lost, grieving for both his deceased mom and for a dad who is emotionally disconnected from him.
The four family members reconnect one summer in Oakville, drawn by the need to return to the family farm, which is both the source of their pain and their healing. "A Summer in Oakville" is both delightfully funny and painfully real in its characters and their relationships. While being spiritually uplifting, it does not drip with pat answers or solutions, but leads the reader to understand it is the decisions that the characters make that will bring either healing or more conflict.
The two authors, Lisa Lickel and Shellie Neumeier do an artful job of blending each story from the four characters' points of view, merging them together into a conclusion that is satisfying and filled with hope and love of family.
"A Summer in Oakville" is a family treasure.
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When I first heard about "A Summer in Oakville," I loved the concept of four characters in one book detailing their experiences and their lives. The plot intrigued me and I decided to read it. I'm glad I did!

Through vivid character portraits, the reader is introduced to family members Tessa, Lindsay, Andy, and Art. Each character's story is from a different and unique perspective.

Second chances and forgiveness are strong themes throughout the book and I love the twists and turns in Tessa's story. Lindsay's story was my favorite; however, I enjoyed each character's story and felt that Ms. Neumeier and Ms. Lickel did a fantastic job of tying the real-to-life issues of those living in a small town into a satisfying contemporary novel. As a matter of fact, reading through the pages made me feel as though I was in Oakville, Wisconsin, watching all of the events - including attempts to save the family farm and tales of unexpected romance -unfold.

"A Summer in Oakville" is a book that will grab your interest and keep you turning the pages. I highly recommend it!

Reviewed by Penny Zeller, Author of the historical romance novel "Kaydie."
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I so enjoyed reading the lives of Tessa, Lindsay, Art, and Andy from A Summer in Oakville. Authors Shellie Neumeier and Lisa Lickel have crafted a wonderfully sweet book comprised of four related novellas. Each novella is told from a different character's perspective, and each serves to further the overall story of the Hasmers and Murphys in their quest to save their family farm.

I especially enjoyed the varying perspectives on life and love from each character, which included a middle aged woman contemplating divorce, a young woman who still hasn't found her niche, a widower struggling with memories, and a boy who on the surface seems like a typical sullen teenager. Each story contains a humor and innocence, as the characters deal with forgiveness, family, and love.
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I'm ashamed to admit that I was reluctant to read this book. The title didn't really grab me. Maybe because I live in Wisconsin near Oakfield and didn't think that a book about Oakville would be all that interesting. So why did I read it? Well, to be honest - because two authors I admire wrote it: Shellie Neumeier and Lisa Lickel.

This book is an inspirational contemporary story about small town life and a family that hails from there. There is action, romance, a struggle against local politics and the desire to preserve heritage. What is unique about this story is that it is one series of events that is told in novellas based on the perspective of four members of one family.

The first to tell her story is Tessa. A mom of two grown daughters and a grandmother who is rooted to her hometown and willing to dig those roots in deeper even at the expense of her marriage. She is plagued by a secret from her past that threatens to explode in the midst of her present challenges. Is her marriage doomed? And how will she deal with the man from her past that stirs up pain and longing at the same time?

Tess has a daughter, Lindsay. Her story is second in the book. Lindsay seems to be a little more mature than her mother, and wiser. She is struggling to find value and worth, while hanging out in the country at her Grandparent's home and waiting for the career opportunity that will make the best use of her gifts and education. Can she `fix' her grandparent's problem? And what about her conflicting feelings for the young man who stirs her heart but might be her enemy?

The next story told is from the perspective of a hurting and rebellious young man, Andy (Tessa's nephew/Lindsay's cousin).
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