Thursday, November 3, 2011

Book Review: One Summer by David Baldacci

One Summer was my first David Baldacci novel and (from what I've read) this is his first novel that's not a thriller. He sure does have the romantic, heart-string pulling, keep-you-guessing-to-the-end, make-the-reader-cry-on-a-plane book down though. If you're a fan of Nicholas Sparks, you will certainly love this book!

The story follows Jack, a vet who survived two tours of duty but isn't supposed to live through Christmas due to a terminal illness. As his three children are coming to grips with losing their dad, their mother, Lizzie, is killed in a car accident. Jack is left alone to die and the children and sent to live with family around the country. Then there is a miraculous turn of events and you're just going to have to read the book to find out the rest!

This well-written story keeps you hooked from start to finish and touches on issues from love to loss, to grief, to life after loss, about teenage struggles and family struggles and a whole host of other things. It will also make you cry - which I think is a good thing! But not a good thing if you're on a plane, smushed between a banker from Atlanta and a woman from Queens. I think they thought there was something wrong with me!

And One Edit

And on a completely different note, if you printed off the recipe for Southern Corn Chowder on Sideboards, I mistakenly left out the corn (thanks Sis for noticing that there was no corn in corn chowder!). It should include 8 to 10 ears of fresh corn OR 1 bag of frozen whole kernal corn (about 16 oz). The recipe has been fixed!

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