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A Summer in Oakville Paperback – September 1, 2011
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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.
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."
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.
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One summer in Oakville, Tessa Murphy is estranged from her husband. It seems easier to play with fire when an old flame returns to town than reignite her marriage. Read morePublished on July 4, 2012 by Valerie Comer
A Summer in Oakville is a sweet read. It's one overall story, told from 4 different points of view. Each POV character has their own story going on during the overall story. Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by Lindi Peterson
A Summer in Oakville is an interesting look into four people's lives one summer. I enjoyed each person's point of view and their stories. Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by R. Solomon
What a novel approach to fiction. This book is divided into four sections, each telling the character's story from their own viewpoint. Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by Joan N.
Thanks for writing such a thoughtful novel. It's four dimensional.
Thanks for taking the time to tell such a story of love and forgiveness. Read more