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One Summer

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,827 Ratings  ·  2,249 Reviews
From #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci comes a moving family drama about learning to love again after heartbreak and loss.


It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing
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Sep 28, 2011 CC rated it did not like it
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Daniel Audet
Dec 31, 2011 Daniel Audet rated it it was amazing
Looking for a "read" the other day I noticed this book on the rack. A fan of Baldacci's for years, of his Camel Club Series and other titles, this book looked like a fun departure from what I've come to expect of him. Let me say this here: I'm pretty sure anything DB writes would sell well, even his grocery list, and this one should do well too.
"One Summer" is a heartfelt story of a guy, a decorated war vet, family man and all around decent guy - Jack Armstrong - who finds himself dying from a
Marie Ohanesian Nardin
This is my first Baldacci read; found it at the airport and since it was one of the "Top 5" that week I grabbed it before catching a very long flight. That was more than a month ago and I've just finished it; kept putting it back on the nightstand, shaking my head each night wondering why published authors with a sound track record can get just about anything published. That might sound harsh but there are too many unbelievable circumstances in this book. Okay, it's fiction, but coming back from ...more
Sep 27, 2011 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 23, 2011 Kyle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, audiobook
I thought this book had a very interesting synopsis and therefore decided to listen to the audiobook. To start, I did not enjoy the fact that the audiobook uses different voices for the women vs the men (in terms of every single thing they say). I think it's a bit distracting and would much rather listen to one person who can "do" different voices depending on the characters.

As for the book itself, I was very disappointed. I felt the dad's illness was actually a bit pointless in terms of the sto
Jul 09, 2011 Lynn rated it did not like it
I kept asking myself throughout this entire book why I was still reading it. I don't like Baldacci's thrillers, not because they aren't well written but rather because they became too violent for me, personally. I have truly enjoyed his other departures from the genre but if this is the direction in which he is going, I'll just wave good-bye from here. I thought the premise was promising - a man dying and leaving his young family to cope, miraculously recovers and ends up being the one left behi ...more
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Jun 10, 2011 EZRead eBookstore rated it liked it
Shelves: amelia-reviews
Honestly, if I wasn’t so cold-hearted that it takes a volcano to melt the ice in my veins, I would have been bawling through more than 50% of this book. There is tragedy from beginning to end! There are happy parts in the middle, of course, but there are such dark travesties in the first and last chapters that I wondered if I would ever see the light. Was it worth the heart-ache? In a way, I did appreciate having my heart ripped out and then flung back in my chest again, but not masochistically ...more
Aug 16, 2011 Joyce rated it really liked it
Have the tissues nearby. I think I went through two boxes by chapter twelve. It's a different book for fans, but a good book on grief and family .

Dec 15, 2011 Snotchocheez rated it did not like it
If you ever find yourself driving on I-95 from North to South Carolina, you encounter garish billboards announcing the approach of one the kitschiest, tackiest, most embarrassingly banal totems to Americana ever conceived: "South of the Border". You can see the garish 100-ft neon'd sombrero'd "Juan" from several miles away from the N-S Carolina border, beckoning weary road travelers to its promise of, in full Las Vegas splendor, a slice of Mexican Nirvana in Nowheresville, SC.You pull off the in ...more
Jul 08, 2011 Becky rated it it was ok
Baldacci should stick to what he writes really well ... the thriller. I know authors like to change up their genres, but this book was a mess. It's a hash of emotional drivel. It tries to evoke the emotion of Patterson's Letters to Jennifer and Sparks' Last Song, but fails. Sparks' writes this type of genre very well. Even Patterson does a decent job with Letters, but Baldacci's attempt is stiff and awkward at best ... and annoying ... really, can anyone write a realistic teenager?!
Aug 20, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, audiobook
Jack is terminally ill with three children that need parental guidance at home. Knowing his time on earth is limited, he agrees with his mother-in-law as he watches his children being separated to live with various family members, while he lies alone in a hospice center just waiting to take his last breath. He ends up spending a lot of time in the hospice center when he not only lives longer than expected, but suddenly seems to recover. When he is finally given a clean bill of health months afte ...more
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Nothing beats the feeling of reading the right book at the right times. It's a feeling this book made me live. One Summer is certainly one of those books that make difference.

In short, the story of One Summer revolves around Jack Armstrong. He is an ex-military who served in Afghanistan and ME and received many medals during his service. He's also a loving husband of Lizzie O'Toole and the father of three kids. Jack is diagnosed with a terminal illness that absolutely no one recovered from, so t
Oct 21, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of David Baldacci since I happened to pick up TOTAL CONTROL in an airport right before moving to Charlottesville, VA, where the book essentially takes place. Baldacci had me hooked, and I've been a fan ever since. I've met him at several of his book signings, and he's an incredibly likeable guy and an engaging speaker.

As an author in the women's lit genre, I was really happy to see Baldacci expose his softer side with ONE SUMMER - the side I knew was there from having met him a
Jul 01, 2012 Carrie rated it it was ok
I greatly disliked this book. I bought it out of desperation in the Hamburg, Germany airport where I had to wait for six hours. This filled the time but I wouldn't have kept reading it if it wasn't for the boredom. I can't believe I paid 10 Euros for this book but it was the only English book available that wasn't about vampires or a murder mystery.

It started out with a pretty great story: A man with an untold rare and fatal illness miraculously recovers when his wife is killed in a tragic acci

Depois de ler "Os inocentes" do David Baldacci, fiquei fã deste autor, bastante bom em thrillers.

Apesar de este livro, escrito pelo mesmo autor, ser romance, suscitou-me curiosidade. E não me deixou desiludido, muito pelo contrário, fui surpreendido!

Trata-se de uma leitura bastante leve com capítulos relativamente curtos que nos leva a devorar num ápice, mas a simplicidade das descrições e dos diálogos carrega s
Dale Harcombe
Mar 05, 2012 Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it
I loved this bopk and if I could have figured out how to do it I would have given this four and a half stars. This is the first David Baldacci book I have read. My husband has read several but I gather they are a different type of book to this. I picked this up on the strength of the cover, which shows how important covers are. If you can suspend disbelief and allow for miracles that include recovery from cancer, then you will have no trouble getting involved with these characters. I have no pro ...more
Aug 18, 2011 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Jack lay in bed in the den dying. His three children each reacted differently to his illness. Liz, his soulmate and wife, took care of him, the children, the house, and worked. He loved her with all his heart. His days were numbered and he was hoping to make it to Christmas when someone knocked on the door to give him bad news and he found himself burying the girl of his dreams rather than the other way around which he felt was the way that it should have been.

His in-laws place him in hospice to
Jun 20, 2012 The-vault rated it really liked it
By David Baldacci. Grade: A

David Baldacci is without a doubt one of the finest writers of edge-of-your-seat thrillers. He has taken a departure from the norm with his novels Wish You Well and The Christmas Train in the past, both of which I enjoyed a lot. With One Summer, he stretches himself further as he delves deeper into relationships and the mystery - and miracle - that life is.

A moving story of love, second chances and the importance of family from the Number One International Bestseller..
Jun 30, 2011 Debbie rated it it was amazing
It’s days until Christmas and this year in the Armstrong home they aren’t waiting for Santa, they’re waiting for dad to die. Jack Armstrong gave it the good fight and in the end it’s the kids and especially Lizzie that he’ll miss when the light finally goes out. He spends his final days with what little strength he has to write Lizzie a letter a day in which to pour out his heart and his love. Then on Christmas Eve the unthinkable happens and Lizzie is killed in an accident. Left with no choice ...more
Sep 21, 2012 Sheila rated it really liked it
Jack, a young 35 year old man is lying in bed dying. He has survived combat in Afghanistan and Iraq but a rare disease has left him weak and helpless. His wife, Lizzie is his full time caregiver, while she also is the mother of their 3 children. 16 year old Mikki, cannot face her father's terminal illness so she has pulled away. His two sons, 11 year old Cory and 2 year old Jackie spend time with their father. Jack has written 6 letters to his wife, one for each day before Xmas. He hopes to last ...more
Maria Ulery
Sep 12, 2013 Maria Ulery rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you can BEAT THE ODDS!!!! Great Read!, September 12, 2013

This review is from: One Summer (Mass Market Paperback)
Wow is what I can say about this book and if you gave it less than 4* I just cannot figure out why!!! No this is not typical mystery/suspense Baldacci it is his other side and don't knock it till you try it. Jack, husband and former army ranger, and Lizzie, wife and mother etc. etc., are soul mates and have been together since they were young and they are perfect for each o
Jul 16, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This book is a very emotional and yet inspirational. Baldacci (the author) got me grabbing for tissues the very first page of Chapter 1. It’s a touching story about a father with a deadly illness and a mother who’s trying to take care of him, a teenager, a middle schooler, and a toddler all at once. She is holding on hope and trying to help her husband while still trying to be “mom.” This novel has a twist in the story line and becomes very inspirational. For anyone who needs a book just to have ...more
Jun 29, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a definite detour from Baldacci's usual legal thriller genre in the same vein as was James Patterson's Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas (2003). I almost forgot that I wasn't reading a Nicholas Sparks book at times. And, as I enjoy Baldacci in his most edge-of-the-seat thriller, I also enjoy Nicholas Sparks, so this was a fun combination and I enjoyed this as a change of pace. The characters were well-drawn, but could you really expect less from an author who has had 15 number one best seller ...more
Aug 19, 2012 VaultOfBooks rated it really liked it
By David Baldacci. Grade: A
David Baldacci is without a doubt one of the finest writers of edge-of-your-seat thrillers. He has taken a departure from the norm with his novels Wish You Well and The Christmas Train in the past, both of which I enjoyed a lot. With One Summer, he stretches himself further as he delves deeper into relationships and the mystery – and miracle – that life is.
A moving story of love, second chances and the importance of family from the Number One International Bestseller…
Beth Gordon
Jun 29, 2012 Beth Gordon rated it it was ok
I have never read a book by David Baldacci before. I hear he's a political thriller writer normally. He's probably far more adept at that.

Reading this book, I tried to figure out what the author's reason was for writing this book. My best guess is that he was writing a tongue-in-cheek Nicholas Sparks book. Right?! Let's take the schmaltzy love lost (usually via death of a spouse/lover) and then found with someone else against the backdrop of a North Carolina beach (wait, can't be that identical
Elphaba J
(Acho que o livro poderia merecer 4 estrelas, mas eu não sou mesmo adepta de dramas.)

Não Quero Dizer-te Adeus é uma narrativa tremendamente tocante que, logo a partir das primeiras páginas, envolve completamente o leitor nos dramas de uma família díspar e sofrida devido a controvérsias da vida para as quais ninguém, nunca, estará preparado.
Com personagens reais, com as quais facilmente se cria empatia, é proporcionada a oportunidade de conhecer a verdadeira essência do que é estar vivo, é oferec
Nov 30, 2011 Jinky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a confession. When I browse my library, I often don't read the blurbs before reading a book. I scan for key words and mainly go by author, the look of the bookcover, or thickness of the book. Maybe pretty shallow, but that's what I do. Usually more hits than misses ... here's an example of a hit. :)

Wow, what a heartwrenching story! I'm glad I didn't read the blurb because listening to it without knowing the premise gave an element of surprise and excitement to the experience. Anyway, from
Julie Barrett
Mar 22, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing

one summer by David Baldacci
Jack is on his deathbed, but his wife dies and the kids are sent to other homes.
In SC he gets better and rejoins all the kids to be a family again.
Jack returned from the war with many medals is a construction worker and after he had worked 3 hours he was getting pains in his back, legs, all over.
The doctors told him 6 months if he was lucky. They were in Ohio where her family had moved to due to her dads' job relocation.
Jack was getting worse, on oxygen and taking pai
Aug 02, 2012 Courtenay rated it really liked it
Sweet, sappy, sentimental love story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. We all need one once in awhile. Baldacci usually keeps me on the edge of my seat and sets my heart racing with his mystery thrillers. This time, he is a romantic. He writes a book about a man dying, leaving behind a wife and 3 kids, but then the tables turn, and he survives - his wife dies. This is not a surprise because it says so on the book jacket. What IS a surprise is how the book unfolds in a loving, endearing way. Som ...more
Jun 25, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: truckee-library
This was a fun surprise. David Baldacci is the author of the Camel Club series. All of his previous books have been political thrillers with lots of suspense and drama, along with a certain element of danger.
This latest book by Baldacci is a complete departure from his previous genre. This is a classic human drama and was an amazingly good read. You would expect something like this from Nicholas Sparks or Richard Paul Evans.
The story line involves a young family about to loose the husband/father
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David Baldacci writes because he can't imagine not writing. He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; one year later, it was adapted for film, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into ...more
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“Because life doesn't work that way. You can do everything perfectly. Do everything you think you're supposed to be doing. Fulfill every expectation that other people may have. And you still won't get the results you think you deserve. Life is crazy and maddening and often makes no sense.” 11 likes
“I want you to know that if I could've stayed with you I would have. I fought as hard as I could. I will never understand why I had to be taken from you so soon, but I have accepted it. Yet I want you to know that there is nothing more important to me than you. I loved you from the moment I saw you. And the happiest day of my life was when you agreed to share your life with mine. I promised that I would always be there for you. And my love for you is so strong that even though I won't be there physically, I will be there in every other way. I will watch over you. I will be there if you need to talk. I will never stop loving you. Not even death is powerful enough to overcome my feelings for you. My love for you, Lizzie, is stronger than anything.” 3 likes
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