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Summer Dream (Seasons of the Heart #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  118 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
The first book in the Seasons of the Heart series is set in Connecticut in 1888, the year of what historians call “The White Hurricane.” The story reveals the power of God’s love to change lives and heal hearts. Summer Dream tells of a young couple’s love for each other and the obstacles that stand in their path of happiness. Until Nathan Reed resolves his anger with God a ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Realms
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Kaity-Jane Culbertson
Jul 12, 2011 Kaity-Jane Culbertson rated it it was ok
I actually never completely read this book. I started it today because I didn't realize until then that the tour was due today and I always like to give a review with my tours. I sat down and started reading but by the time I got through a third of it I was speed reading, and by half I was just flipping through it. It just wasn't my kind of story. It was a love at first sight, fluffy, "squishy heart" story, as my mother would say, that was very unrealistic, in my opinion. The two main characters ...more
This is the first book I’ve read by Martha Rogers and I thoroughly enjoyed the Summer Dream. I actually won this book from a blog and then it sat on my shelf for weeks actually because I had no time to get to it. It wasn’t until I was asked to review book 2 that I decided I better read book 1 first.

This book is centered on the late 1800’s and we are instantly introduced to the Winston family and their daughter Rachel. Rachel is the daughter of a preacher and she has a lot of expectations put on
This book was a wonderful taste of the late 1800′s as the reader enters the life of the Winston family and their adult daughter, who longs to marry and begin her own home. Being the daughter of a preacher means that there are rules that need following including God’s law and the one in particular that comes up time and again is the struggle to not be yoked to an unbeliever, this is hard for Rachel, but she knows her dad’s wisdom is right from the Word of God and so therefor needs to be followed. ...more
Apr 29, 2012 Tammy rated it it was amazing
As the daughter of a minister I enjoy stories that tell the tale of pastor's daughters. In Summer Dream we meet Rachel, daughter of a small-town minister with many decisions to make. Nathan is a likable guy with many decisions of his own to make.
Nathan and Rachel seem like the perfect couple and Rachel would like to marry so when Nathan leaves town to get some answers....Rachel would like to marry, even though, she feels that she is "called" to the mission field in the Oklahoma Territory. So,
Jun 13, 2011 Katie rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book...but somewhere after the 3/4 point in the book, I just lost all interest. I really had to push myself to keep reading. And the "love at first sight" angle of the book seemed a bit cliche. It's an okay, one-time read, though. And I am sure others who enjoy this kind of book would really like Summer Dream...but it just didn't have much in the plot to keep me interested. Bummer. :-(
Carol McClain
May 06, 2012 Carol McClain rated it did not like it
If you hate conflict in your novels, then this is the book for you.
Feb 25, 2015 Paula-O rated it really liked it
Series Seasons of the Heart-Book #1"Summer Dream" by Martha Rogers

Connecticut in the 1800's , The Winstons live in the parsonage next to the church that Papa Winston pastors. His family are devoted to him and the lifestyle they live.
Daniel has a friend that he went to college with by the name of Nathan Reed who has come to visit and soon will meet the pastors daughter, Rachel. Nathan has secrets in his past that he needs to resolve and has been living and setting God and church away. He believe
Beverly McCall
Sep 23, 2014 Beverly McCall rated it it was amazing
I stumbled onto this book during our recent road trip. We stopped at a diner in Utah and in the entryway there was a book stand. While waiting for our food to arrive, I walked over to the book stand. Martha Roger’s book intrigued me so I bought it. I’m not sure if I have read any of Roger’s previous books, but I must say I enjoyed this book tremendously. This story is set in a small town in Connecticut during the late 1880's.

Roger’s female protagonist is Rachel Winston, a minister’s daughter, wh
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Rachel is drawn to Nathan, an unbeliever with a haunted past. Being a preacher's daughter and strong in her faith, she knows that their future is uncertain until Nathan can come to terms with his past and his anger at God.

The story is fairly predictable and our characters discover that God knows and loves them. My main complaint was the language. The dialogue was very stilted and formal and conversations didn't flow naturally. Still, it's a sweet Christian romance with likeable characters. A nic
April Suter
Nov 06, 2011 April Suter rated it liked it
Rachel wants a love like her parents, Ezra and Felicity, with passion and a strong faith in God. However, this "bad boy" Nathan visits town and wow, does he keep getting her attention. The problem is he has confessed that he doesn't need God and Rachel knows a personal relationship with the Lord is at the most importance. Prayers, patience and promises are the key to this love story and the novel.
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Aug 22, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young women 16-90
This was a heart warming story of a young lady who does want to follow the Lord's leading in her life, courtship, future, but has conflicts after she realizes she loves a man who may not return her feelings. She wonders if she should settle for less. After releasing these fears, this minister's daughter receives her Dream from the Lord.

I believe women over 50 probably can appreciate this story more...
Dec 29, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok
Clean, very Christian, romance. The story could have been very sweet but the characters and setting fell flat for me. Half the story revolved around a trip to Boston that didn't seem to add anything to the plot. The conflict with the male main character would have added a lot of depth to the story but it's glossed over to keep the book light and cheerful. No swearing, violence, or sex, but some vague references to rape.
Jan Hall
May 08, 2016 Jan Hall rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading Summer Dream. Rachel is a lovely woman inside and out. She wonders if she will ever find a husband. She is the daughter of a small town minister. Nathan is attracted to Rachel but has no desire to become I enjoyed every minute of it.
Lisa M.
Dec 31, 2012 Lisa M. rated it really liked it
Was good, but I have enjoyed other books by this author more---however, I still have every intention of reading the rest in this series!
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Dec 21, 2014 11:05AM  
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Martha Rogers is a former schoolteacher and English instructor. She served as a newsletter editor for the writer's organization, Inspirational Writers Alive! for six years and is the state president. She is also the director for the annual Texas Christian Writer's Conference and is a member of American Christia
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Other Books in the Series

Seasons of the Heart (4 books)
  • Autumn Song (Seasons of the Heart #2)
  • Winter Promise (Seasons of the Heart #3)
  • Spring Hope (Seasons of the Heart #4)

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