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One Summer by David Baldacci
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Jun 29, 11

Read from June 17 to 20, 2011

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 sellers?

The plot: A young husband and father of three, Jack Armstrong, is dying of a disease that is never identified in this book, so you can use your imagination here. There is no hope and he has days to live ... he is trying to hold on until December 26th so he can spend one last Christmas with his family. Then his wife is killed in a freak automobile accident, his mother-in-law relegates him to a hospice facility, takes the children and divvies them up among relatives. Miraculously, Jack recovers to the amazement of doctors, relatives, and most of all Jack himself. He retrieves his children and tries to re-make their life within the new family structure. No spoilers here, so I will say no more other than that it is a fairly emotional story with some laughs, some very introspective moments and, is a satisfying read.
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JoAnne Jill - I so agree especially the similarity to Nicholas Sparks!


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