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Summer Light

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  1,741 ratings  ·  114 reviews
When it comes to love and family, the things you can’t see are what matter most of all.

Bestselling novelist Luanne Rice has inspired the devotion of readers everywhere with her “rare combination of realism and romance.”(The New York Times Book Review) Now she presents her most magical novel to date, an entrancing story of love at first sight, the true meaning of family, an
Paperback, 496 pages
Published May 28th 2002 by Bantam (first published 2001)
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Julie Barrett
Summer Light by Luanne Rice
This novel is about May who is a wedding planner with others and their business is in a barn in CT. Her daughter Cali is a clairvoyant and she hears from things that are hurt: animals, angels in a different time.
On a plane she got a vision of a little girl asking her to help her father-the hockey player. When the plane crash lands he is able to help May and Cali and their relationship develops. Each opens up to one another telling of their secrets-not all of them.
As ti
Dale Harcombe
two and a half stars. Sometimes you just feel like comfort food to make you feel better and in a way that's what Luanne Rice's books often are for me. It is about two stubborn people May and Martin and a little girl who sees angels and talks to them, supposedly. I'm not sure in the end even why I kept reading it, as the character of Martin was really annoying with his temper tantrums and his obsession with winning.
The story was sentimental, mystical, at times unbelievable and about ice hockey w
Anna Marie
I actually wanted to give this book three stars, because I didn't like how angry the hero was most of the time... but the truth of the matter is, he acted exactly like a guy would. And the book hooked me. I mean, really hooked me. In spite of the fact that there was a lot wrong with it.

May is a wedding planner who dresses like crap and works out of a barn filled with owls and bats... yes, she stores gowns there. How. Stupid. I've had a barn full of bats - you don't put ANYTHING you like there, h
Eddy Allen

When it comes to love and family, the things you can’t see are what matter most of all.

Bestselling novelist Luanne Rice has inspired the devotion of readers everywhere with her “rare combination of realism and romance.”(The New York Times Book Review) Now she presents her most magical novel to date, an entrancing story of love at first sight, the true meaning of family, and angels right here on earth.

May Taylor works as a wedding planner, passing on the timeless traditions of her grandmother
It was alright. If you have nothing better to read then go for it.
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"May Taylor works as a wedding planner, passing on the timeless traditions of her grandmother and mother. The Taylor women have always believed in the presence of magic in everyday life--especially the simple magic of true love and family. Yet May’s own faith in true love was shattered when she was abandoned by the father of her child. Still, she finds joy in raising her daughter Kylie, a very special five-year-old who sees and hears things that others cannot. . .

Martin Cartier is a pro
Listened to Summer Lightby Luanne Rice. Abandoned by the father of her child, May Taylor supports herself by her work as a gifted wedding planner with her best friend and great-aunt, carrying on the timeless traditions established by her grandmother and mother. She is a devoted mother to her daughter, Kylie - a very special child. For Kylie sees and hears things no one else can. Her unique visions will lead May to a love she never expected and a life she never imagined. Martin Cartier is a profe ...more
I enjoyed this and was surprised to learn that Rice had written this novel after visiting the 'Hockey Hall of Fame' and 'Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens'!! Nice to know that some of the U.S. authors "appreciate" Canada and what we have here.

From the dust jacket:
"May Taylor works as a wedding planner with her best friend and great aunt, passing on the timeless traditions established by her grandmother and mother. The Taylor women have always believed in the presence of magic in everyday life-especiall
Jun 16, 2012 Michèle rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans des Bruins de Boston!
Recommended to Michèle by: Vente de garage!
Une mère célibataire et un gros goon des Bruins de Boston tombent en amour, et on les suit à travers trois coupes Stanley. Le goon a un passé douloureux, une brouille avec son père (lequel fut aussi un joueur professionnel, mais croupit en prison suite à des malversations).
Que demander de plus: sport et romance! Et de belles descriptions des Laurentides (région du lac Vert, quelqu'un connaît?)

Martin Cartier, le gros goon est un Québécois d'origine (ce qui fait mettre quelque mots français dans l
This was so awful I can't even begin to find the words! I had read the author before but after this book, I hesitate to actually touch any of her books ever again. She may have written this after visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame, but the same two teams meet in the Stanley Cup Finals 3 years in a row? Laughable! The characters were so wooden to me I didn't care what happened to them. If there was an option to select a minus star, I would have.

The story line is predictable and bland and the characters were types. It was okay for a light read, but even the descriptive paragraphs about the settings weren't all that impressive. It passed the time, but it didn't really add anything to my life. This is the first Luanne Rice book I've read. I hesitate to read another, but I may just to see if another one is any better.
Story itself was okay, but not great. Martin's temper tantrums got old really fast (especially around the young girl!), and some of the details were appallingly inaccurate.

Two people get lost in a blizzard in eastern Canada, and save themselves by building an igloo. Really? Insta-igloo, because we all know that Canadian children are taught how to build igloos as soon as they're old enough to hold a snow knife. I could've believed a snow cave, but not an igloo.

I am not a hockey fan, but even I
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Joeann Fossland
I think this might be my favorite Luanne Rice book, although sometimes her characters are so stubborn, I just want to have a chat with them on the side! I I found some of the storyline a little implausible, but what the heck! I liked the way that love kept winning!
Maria Miaoulis
It's quite rare when Luanne Rice's stories take place anywhere else but along the New England coastline, and this is one of them. Set in Black Hall, Connecticut, Boston and Canada, the breathtaking surroundings take turns working their magic on a family that's healing from various degrees of loss. Ms. Rice always has me under her spell when she's passionately describing beautiful locations such as these, settings where the deepest love suddenly envelopes you and makes you believe that all things ...more
I don't know if I liked this so much because it reminded me a bit of the movie, "The Sixth Sense." Kylie's Mother, May, is worried about her, because Kylie talks to the air. May's own belief in love was shattered when Kylie's father abandoned her. Martin Cartier, is a hockey star with his own demons - scarred by money collectors when he was a boy due to his father's gambling and then by his daughter's death due to an accident at his father's also with money collectors. However, a little girl sto ...more
Ghosts, hockey player, girl trying to get him back with his father. Couldn't figure out the point--mystery? love story? It was not strong enough in either.
Powerful angry hockey player Martin meets May, mother of Kylie. This story has past, present, and ghosts, angles, majestic all in one. Easy read..
fast easy read that was engaging if a bit corny but enjoyed it. good for vacationing if you don't want to tax yourself too much but keep wanting to go back to your book
Ana E.
I loved how manly Martin Cartier is being portrayed in the story :)
Made me like Hockey for a while.
Jeanne Linn
I love this book. I've read it twice and am going to read it again as soon as my sister loans me the copy I gave HER for Christmas! She also loves it! It is a tearjerker, and we both found things we related to in it. I think it is my favorite Luanne Rice book and I love most of what I have read by her. I sent her a letter recently that I'd written when I read it while working for Colorado DOC. She responded that she would like to give some books to my library. So I sent her information for the C ...more
I liked the relationship between the two... Love happens for mysterious reasons. I was personally touched by the description of the hero having trouble facing his injury - denying it, adapting to it, so much like my husband when he faced heart failure. The story uses blindness to force the person to see the love connection buried under layers of pain and mistakes. This is very profound as I see blindness happening right now to my mother-in-law and she is definitely struggling with it. what soul ...more
Dana Raysnyder
this wasn't exactly what I expected....but very good and ultimately uplifting without being sappy.
This was such a warm, touching story. I really enjoyed the strength of each character. I found Kylie facinating and her way of talking with the angels. I learned alot about professional hockey. Her wordage and description was fantastic. I felt I was right there, on the ice, on the lake, in the woods. Reading how Martin deals with his demons of past, present, and future was excellent. May was brought out as a strong, determined woman. That's a nice feature for a change. Usually, they are the ones ...more
An easy read, kind of predictable. I did like it.
May 05, 2014 Ronnie added it
Light-hearted but interesting
Patricia Solla
Really enjoyed this tale. It really get you caught up in the excitement of the NHL. There are a lot of things going on in this book but not too many that you can't keep up with them. The storyline moves quickly. The reader gets caught up in the story of the hockey player and the wedding planner but there's a lot more going on in their lives. There's a lot of depth of character in the telling of this tale. There's a little pyschic involvment but mostly it's just an interesting story of human natu ...more
Carla Hostetter
Rice always does her women and children so well, and little Kylie who opens the story in an exciting scene is no exception. Having a vision of disaster aboard a flight, she appeals to hockey star, Martin Cartier to save her and her mother, May. Eventually, May and Martin marry, but the man is so stubborn he cannot forgive May's attempt to reconcile him to his father or even admit he is going blind in pursuit of the Stanley Cup. Not quite the HEA you might expect in this one, but a realistic end ...more
I loved this story. Just enough sports, sorrow and love.
Being a recovering hockey fan, I enjoyed this story, though it was sad. This is the story of hockey star Martin Cartier and single mother May Taylor. May's daughter sees angels and can predict events, giving the story a bit of a supernatural element. Martin has had many injuries to his head and eyes and in the story he is paying the price. He is estranged from his hockey star father who is in prison. Can love and forgiveness overcome all?
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Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-one novels including THE LEMON ORCHARD. Five of her books have been made into movies and mini-series, many have been New York Times bestsellers and two of her pieces have been featured in off-Broadway theatre productions. She divides her time between New York City and the Connecticut shoreline.
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