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That Certain Summer

Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Karen and Val are family - yet they're anything but close. Karen has carried the burden of responsibility for her aging mother ever since her gorgeous sister left town years ago to pursue a career in theater. But Val had darker reasons for leaving town - as well as a secret to keep - and coming home has never been an option...until their mother suffers a stroke.

Reunited in their hometown, Karen and Val must grapple with their past mistakes, their relationship with each other, and their issues with a mother who is far from ideal. When a physical therapist raising his daughter alone and a handsome but hurting musician enter the picture, the summer takes on a whole new dimension. As their lives intersect and entwine, can each learn how to forgive, how to let go, and how to move on? And strengthened by the healing power of faith, might they also find the courage to love?

©2013 Irene Hannon (P)2013 Recorded Books

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Warning: Graphic Pro Life

I enjoyed much about this book, but found the Pro-Life message to be overly heavy handed. I greatly appreciated the message of forgiveness and not being trapped by mistakes of the past. I also appreciated the message of emerging from tragedy and loss to find new meaning and purpose in life. As with most romances, extremely difficult circumstances were resolved quickly and neatly. As a trained therapist, I know this isn’t realistic. But suspending disbelief is a pre-requisite for romances, right?!

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love this author but narration is really bad

couldn't get into this at all cause Masterson is really bad, love everything else I listen to from author.

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  • Indydog
  • McKinney, TexasUnited States
  • 08-16-19

Great story of forgiveness and love.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Unlike some of the reviewers, I thought the narrator did an excellent job.
I also liked how family took the main stage. I highly recommend this book

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narrator bsd

story may have been okay but narrator was really bad. very annoying and ruined story

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ok story, not a great reader

story and outcome somewhat predictable, tedious reader , although she did well with lines of the mother.

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A love story

Not what I am used to reading from this author but I really liked it. Unfortunately the narration just wasn’t that good with little difference between male and female. Made it hard to listen to.

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Great read!

Enjoyed the way the lives of the people were woven together. Engaging story based on real life struggles.

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  • Traci
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  • 05-28-16

Preachy

This book should be under Christian fiction. It is very preachy. Not my genre, buyer beware, you may not be getting what you thought. However if you do like Christian fiction then this is for you. She is a good writer and the narrator did a nice job.

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Another excellent book by Irene Hannon

Would you listen to That Certain Summer again? Why?

Yes, the story flowed well between the two main characters and their potential love interests. Although there was romance, I enjoyed the relationship between the sisters more than courtships.

What was one of the most memorable moments of That Certain Summer?

The most memorable moment was the mother's letter to her unborn child that Val read at the rehearsal. Abortion is a key issue that Irene Hannon deals with in a sensitive manner.

Which scene was your favorite?

I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book. The scene when Val met with the minister and finally began to forgave herself was especially touching.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Facing the past