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A Month of Summer (Blue Sky Hill #1)

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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  885 ratings  ·  155 reviews
For Rebecca Macklin, an ordinary summer brings about an extraordinary change of heart when she discovers that her aging father has been wandering the Dallas streets alone, and his wife, Hanna Beth, has landed in a nursing home. Now Rebecca must put aside old resentments and return to her childhood home. In this moving story of separation and forgiveness, two women will unr ...more
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Published July 1st 2008 by NAL Trade
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Kelly
I adored this book for many reasons:
1. It is a clean read. No trash or filth involved in the entire book. Harder and harder to find these days.
2. It is a light and easying read.
3. Lisa Wingate never disappoints me with her stories.
4. Being a Texan, I love that she uses Texas as the backdrop of most of her stories....I feel more connected because I actually know the locations she chooses.
5. I feel that she completely nails the mind of a person left unable to communicate by a stroke...the way the
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Relyn
Sep 14, 2008 Relyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: someone looking for a light-hearted, feel-good book
Recommended to Relyn by: I already love Lisa Wingate.
7/22/08
I love Lisa Wingate's Texas novels. I have no idea why I haven't gobbled this one up already. I tend to rush to read my library books because I have to return them and wait around on the ones I've bought. Silly hunh? Of course, I've had the new Marissa de los Santos for at least two months and haven't read it. yet. What's up with me? So many books, so little time.

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9/10/08
Once again, Lisa did not disappoint. This one reminded me
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Michelle
I just love Lisa Wingate. I've read two of her books and I can't wait to get to the library tomorrow to get more. She can put to words what is in most peoples hearts and Its so wonderful to feel that emotion threw her writing.

"Life, he says, is a journey by train. Outside the window, the scenery is rushing by.If you look away for even an instant, something passes uncaptured. Far in the future, when you leaf through the photo album of memory, your finguer, aged and crooked, will rub lightly over
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Diana
A wonderful surprise! The author's character development was very well done & the plot moved along nicely & was very well developed. As someone who has nursed family members through strokes & Alzheimer's Disease, I can say that the depictions that Ms. Wingate wrote are very true. I look forward to reading more from this author, and a sequel to this book, would be awesome! I already miss so many of the characters.
Joan
More about people getting older and the challenges families face as they do. This is an uplifting and inspirational book. I couldn't put it down cause I wanted to know what would happen. It's well written and interesting. I kind of figured out what had happened long before all was revealed but still engrossing. The faith part wasn't sledge hammer in it's appearance nor was it looked at closely.
This book encourages optimism, a much needed outlook today, with a message of slow down and put famil
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Vicki
I've been reading a lot of Lisa Wingate lately and really enjoying it.

There were a few thoughts from A Month of Summer that I enjoyed: "There are times when you awake, and sense the coming day hovering just beyond the edge of the world. Your heartbeat quickens, anticipating the blinding brightness of it, grasping its awesome possibility. You await the first rays of dawn, feeling that God must have whispered something in your ear just before you roused from sleep. You can hear the voice, not quit
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Donna
As I read this book, I felt so deeply connected to the characters. My mother recently passed after living with dementia for her last year. I always wondered if she had things she wanted to say just like Hannah Beth did but couldn't find the words. I found myself quite connected to her struggle to communicate. It's a helpless feeling watching someone's mind slowly creep away from them. I think Lisa Wingate captured those feelings of all who are affected by this disease in such a true and realisti ...more
Heather Hart
I had just finished reading two other books by Lisa Wingate and snagged this one and it's sequel from the library because the others were AMAZING. I was so bummed that these didn't hold up. Part of it might be that they weren't clearly labeled as women's fiction - but then again, I didn't look overly hard. The first two books I read by her were inspirational romance novels, so that's what I was expecting.

The story line was still good, the characters memorable, but I felt like there was a ton of
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Nathalie
This time it was somewhat predictable and tied together a little too quickly, neatly & nicely... however, the topic of aging parents was something I enjoyed reading about because I began thinking about how I would handle it being the oldest child in my family... And again, I just like her writing style.
Dianesugars
I have very confliction opinions of this book. the story started out good, with interesting characters and storyline, but it took me a very long time to read this book. The most aggravating thing with this book was that it just ended. It ended very abruptly and left me with what seems like 100 loose ends dangling. I felt that the storyline sucked you into these characters lives and then just left every single issue in the book hanging at the end. My question is, what happened to all these charac ...more
kim
I read this book because I was attratcted to the cover of the sequel, Beyond Summer. This was a very good book, told from alternating points of view of several of the characters. The story is about Rececca, a woman who, along with her mother, was 'abandonded' by her father when she was a young girl. He left he family for 'another woman' who had a young son. Though the son considered Rebecca his 'sister' she never returned the feelings and would have nothing to do with her father. Her mother enc ...more
Angie
Another great Lisa Wingate "read", via audiobook download from NetLibrary. Fascinating concept featuring a narrator/character who has suffered a stroke, so much of her commentary is actually just thoughts, rather than dialogue, since she must re-learn how to speak & communicate.

Though Wingate's signature quirky characters of Lonestar Cafe and Talk of the Town were absent, this book didn't fail to deliver on well-developed characters with complex histories and motivations. The co-main charac
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Katherine Jones
For my taste, Lisa Wingate novels are hit and miss. While I admire this Christian novelist for her ability to cross over into the mainstream market, I find some of her novels anemic–the characters familiar, the plot predictable, the premise bland. Tending Roses, her 2001 debut with New American Library, comes to mind.

But this one’s different.

In A Month of Summer, we find Rebecca Macklin, a successful California attorney, reluctantly flying to Dallas, to the home of her father and her stepmother
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Erin
Johanna Parker's versatile voice brings this book to life in the audiobook version of Lisa Wingate's novel. I checked it out at random from my library's digital audiobook service when I was testing their updated mobile app. I'd never heard of the book or the author; I just liked the cover. I liked the ideas of planting a seedling and a month of summer. What an amazing bonus it was to discover such a lovely story!

Rebecca Macklin has spent more than 30 years believing her father abandoned her and
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Andrea
"For Rebecca Macklin, an ordinary summer brings about an extraordinary change of heart when she discovers that her aging father has been wandering the Dallas streets alone, and his wife, Hanna Beth, has landed in a nursing home. Now Rebecca must put aside old resentments and return to her childhood home. In this moving story of separation and forgiveness, two women will unravel the betrayals of the past and discover the true meaning of family."-B&N.com overview

My favorite books are those tha
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Tina Wilson
Really liked this one. The more I read her books the more I realize why I like them so much. She draws together such disparate characters and their redemption comes in choosing to receive one another and create community. This is something I feel like God is challenging me with in my own life as good friends move elsewhere and he is bringing unexpected people into my life.
Dianne
What a surprising delight! I have a new author to read. I picked this book up at a library book sale. I loved the cover and it looked brand new. To my surprise I had purchased a book titled The Summer Kitchen, that I was planning on reading before the end of summer as a brake in my more serious epic novels I have been reading. I thought the author's name sounded familiar. A Month of Summer is book one in a series with book two being The Summer Kitchen. I took that as providence and started readi ...more
Anne
I really love Lisa Wingate, and she didn't disappoint. I started the book Monday afternoon and finished it Tuesday afternoon. I loved having a book about someone who isn't young and single.

Here's a description from Google Books: For Rebecca Macklin, an ordinary summer brings about an extraordinary change of heart when she discovers that her aging father has been wandering the Dallas streets alone, and his wife, Hanna Beth, has landed in a nursing home. Now Rebecca must put aside old resentments
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Just - The romance reader
It feels like it took FOREVER for me to finish this book, but I think that had more to do with my time management and much less to do with how good the book is because I really enjoyed this one. It's inspiring, emotional, and heart warming. A Month of Summer is also at times heart breaking.

I don't think I had one reading session with this one that didn't make me cry. So much about this book was real to me. I identified with Rebecca's feelings of disdain for a parent that she felt abandoned her a
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Laura
I found it hard to put this one down and I liked most of the characters. There were times where I was frustrated with Rebecca's actions, and I felt so bad for poor Hanna Beth. I can't imagine being stuck in a hospital, prisoner in my own body......wondering what was happening to my husband and son. I wish that the second book in this series was about the same characters, because I would like to see some of the open ends tied up further. Will Kay-Kay be caught? How will Rebecca manage the care of ...more
Ellen
Parental influence, choices, duty/obligation; memories. Alzheimer's, strokes, mental disabilities. Forgiveness. Family.
Debbie
In spite of invites from her step-mother to come visit her dad, Rebecca Macklin has stayed away, for far too long. She has listened to the complaints from her mother regarding their divorce and allowed herself to be angry with her dad. One day she receives a call from the Dallas police letting her know that her dad has repeatedly been found wandering the streets alone and that her step-mom has suffered a stroke that landed her in a nursing facility.

Rebecca has been separated from her family for
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Linda Day
The 2nd Wingate this week ! I liked this book more than the first (The Summer Kitchen). I liked the character development better. I thought the crisis' in their lives to be interesting and not so extreme. The nursing home situation was adequately explored, the developmentally disabled adult character was very well portrayed, and the ups and downs of Alzheimer's as it disfunctions a family was tenderly handled. However, the pregnancy, the brief input into commune living, and Ghana immigration wer ...more
Susan Anders
Rebecca learns from the police that her estranged father that she has not spoken to in many years is wondering the streets in an Alzheimer-state and a mentally challenged step-brother that she has never known is home alone with him. The woman that married her father several years ago has had a stroke and is in the hospital, unable to care for her son and husband. Rebecca must go take care of things and learns many truths about herself, her family and her relationships. Funny, sad, sweet and all ...more
Sheryl
Jan 15, 2011 Sheryl added it
Nana and Aunt Donna both recommended this one. I am therefore slogging thru it. However, I am not finding it very compelling or very fast-reading. It's told thru the eyes of a daughter, her father (with Alzheimer's who had remarried), and his wife (just had a stroke and has a mentally-challenged son). The only part I'm liking is seeing the world thru the eyes of the woman who had the stroke. Hopefully it will get better, but I'm already about halfway thru it.

Ok -- I just can't finish this book.
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Nancy Rossman
It's all there. The pull into the plot from the beginning pages. Character development is well done... Rebecca, Hanna Beth, the father...and a few others. The situation is what is harped on...again and again and while I had sympathy for it I really REALLY tired of it. And then so much confusion with a quite clean wrapped up ending. Not feeling it so much by the end. Maybe there was too much subplot, I'm just not sure. However, with all that disclaimer I would read this author again and see how i ...more
Tina
I could relate to this book on so many levels. I don't know the story behind the author but she basically hit the nail on the head for many of the characters in the book. I'm thinking she must have some experience with the different challenges they were facing. A month of challenges for all characters involved, of secrets revealed, of relationships strengthened and of new beginnings. I read it with no prior knowledge of the story or the author and it's one of the best books I've read in a while!
JNL
Every book I've read of Wingate's I just love. I get in these moods where I want something soothing and inspirational so I always pick up one of her books. Her books always make me think about situations differently and makes me want to be a better person (or less selfish). I never think of myself as a selfish person until I read one of her books about these people who are completely selfless and I begin to wonder about myself. Ha! I guess that is the point. Are you being the person you would ad ...more
Chris
Aug 06, 2008 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a good novel about today's challenges for women and families
I really, really liked this book. I have enjoyed Lisa Wingate's writing and thoroughly enjoyed her Tending Roses series. This is the beginning of a new series and it feels to me like her writing is energized and really becoming honed. She does a wonderful job with the characterizations and she has created many likable characters in this book that you want to know more about. I see lots of richness to be mined in future books in this series and highly recommend it. A very good novel.
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Lisa Wingate is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books, including Tending Roses, Good Hope Road, The Language of Sycamores, and Drenched in Light. Her work was recently honored by the Americans for More Civility for promoting greater kindness and civility in American life. Lisa and her family live in Central Texas.
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