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One Summer by David Baldacci
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Jun 02, 13

Read in March, 2012

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 a fatal illness, rescuing a loved one from the sea during a hurricane, and the "main" metaphor in the book coming to life on the spur of the moment after decades of being broken. I couldn't help thinking that parts of the book were washed over or changed so as not to follow the storyline of "The Descendants" (i.e. his ex-high school buddy talking to his wife while he lay dying in bed, his wife being accused of having an affair, the tabloids picking the story up. That went nowhere.) Sorry Mr. Baldacci, I understand writing a book takes time, energy and talent, and based on reviews and sales of your other books you've proven to have all these qualities, but I think you missed the target with this one.
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Lydia I hope you give him another chance; he really is a great writer but maybe he should stick with his forte.

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