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That Summer

(Caney Creek #1)

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To escape his poppa's physical abuse and their dirt-poor farm life, Jim flees to an imagined prosperous city life where he can make his own choices, ignoring God patiently knocking on his heart's door. Settled in town, Jim strays from God and the way of faith his momma taught him. He meets a girl and loses his heart ... and meets another girl and loses his willpower. Jim w ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Sword of the Spirit Publishing (first published November 2nd 2012)
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Susan
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That Summer

Jo Huddleston


Book received from the author.


THAT SUMMER is the first book in the Caney Creek Series. I've never read Jo Huddleston before but after reading THAT SUMMER, I'm excited to continue with this series. I was instantly invested in all of the characters and Ms. Huddleston hooked me right from the very first page and never let me go. By the time I was finished reading, I felt like I knew all of the characters and felt exactly what they were going through.


THAT SUMMER takes place d
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Judy
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Jo Huddleston. I can't wait to read the rest of her books in this series. I was really captivated by how the characters came alive in this book. I felt like I knew them all by the time I finished this story.

This story takes us through the Great Depression. Such hard times, such sad times but good times abound too.

The main character Jim is not happy at home working for a Father that seems to be uncaring and cruel. Jim needs to get away. He can't take much mor
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Lori
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful novel about love and finding each other after 20 years!
I love that Jo has put a little of everything in her novel for everyone to enjoy..
It goes from the stock market crash of 1929 through the Great Depression, into 1951.
I loved how Jim fell from pride to a heartfelt battle to bring himself back to God.
This novel has a lot of emotional feelings and in some parts I even cried.
Especially for Jim. He is my hero.
Caroline has made mistakes and has learned from them too. I feel like she d
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ZaraS  *book reviewer
Prior to reading this book I found myself in a fiction reading funk (I’d read a number of really bad fiction books one after the other) so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one; then I started reading it. I was so impressed I sent a personal note to the author thanking her for restoring my faith in fiction books. I found I really looked forward to getting back to read her book every chance I got.

Whilst reading this book I found myself asking why the style of writing sounded and felt familia
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Jeanie
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amid beautiful descriptions of the Appalachian and Great Smoky Mountains, Jo Huddleston shows us the life of a young man, his family and faith during the Great Depression. She shows rich spiritual lessons that can change rather than break people of faith. I very much liked this first novel in The Caney Creek Series.

Jim’s father was hardened by the Depression, no longer acting like the loving man who raised him. His mother reminds Jim and his younger siblings to honor their father. Once Jim was c
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C
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Almost full circle

This is a very captivating read about life many years ago. There is just about every trial in life encompassed inside. Brothers, sisters, friends, family, and everyone God places in their lives. Life, love, and making it work.
Brenda Poulos
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worthwhile Read

Full of emotion, twists and turns, real characters. A very worthwhile read. Ending was predictable and finished a little too neatly, however.
Joleen
Apr 13, 2020 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-deleted
Didn’t care for the writing.
Jalynn Patterson
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

THAT SUMMER
An Inspirational Southern historical novel

The Great Depression brings devastation to
The Southern Appalachians but love’s triangle survives.

To escape his poppa’s physical abuse and their dirt-poor farm life, Jim flees to an imagined prosperous city life where he can make his own choices, ignoring God patiently knocking on his heart’s door. Settled in town, Jim strays from God and the way of faith his momma taught him. He meets a girl and loses his heart … and meets anoth
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Shirley Scurlock
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Author BIO: Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN). She holds a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University.

An Inspirational Southern historical novel



The Great Depression brings devastation to the Southern Appalachians, but love’s triangle survives.

To escape his poppa’s physical abuse and their dirt-poor farm life, Jim fl
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Miamikel SS
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
That Summer, book 1 of the Caney Creek Series by Jo Huddleston is that fresh summer breeze on a warm summer day - welcoming and refreshing!

That Summer is an endearing and wholesome christian novel that deals with the subject of poverty and in a rural setting in the early 1920's. The main character, Jim, has a violent tempered father who physically abuses him as the eldest son and causes him to leave the family and strike out on his own before he is emotionally and financially ready. He has a go
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Deana Dick
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book reminds me of a coming of age story. The setting was described very well and detailed the hard times people went through in the late 1920s. It was hard to find work to support your family during those hard years. Our main character in the book is Jim. He is a hard working young man who tries to please his dad but it doesn't seem to be enough. Jim's dad is quite abusive at times and the entire family tries to stay out of his way. Jim's mom was a very sweet lady and loved her family. Aft ...more
Sandra Lassiter
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Jim has had all he can take of his father's abuse and poverty on the farm, so he runs away to get a job in town and live his own life. He "forgets" his mother's advice, and strays from the Godly teaching he was brought up with. He falls for two very different girls, and things get complicated from there.

The story begins well, showing the abuse and lack of love Jim's father shows not only him (though he bears the brunt of the physical violence), but to his entire family. His flight away from the
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Heather
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
That Summer is the first book in the Caney Creek Series and I, for one, am looking forward to reading more titles in this series from author Jo Huddleston.

Jim is tired of farm life, but more than that he's tired of his father's abusive behavior and the weight of responsibility he feels for his younger sibblings and his mother.

When the pressure is too tough, Jim packs up and leaves home with no concrete plans except a plan to make it work in the city.

He's hoping to build a life and eventually win
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Debbie
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"That Summer" by Jo Huddleston gets 5 stars from me. This is book 1 in The Caney Creek Series.
This book had me hooked from page one! I had to keep reading to see what happened next!
This book is written about the early days of the Great Depression to the 1950's and about the Appalachians Mountains.
Jim Callaway meets Louisa at the county Fair and wins her a teddy bear and their fate is sealed or so they think. Jim's poppa is mean and critical of Jim, so Jim leaves the mountains and goes to work
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Anne Rightler
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That Summer written by Jo Huddleston is the first in the Caney Creek series. A story of family, friends, forgiveness, and faith. Jim, the oldest child in a dirt-poor Appalachian farm family during the late 1920s, just wants to get out and make a life for himself. As he leaves home and finds friends and work in town, he meets two young women, each who loves him in her own way. Can he make a choice? Is it God's choice? His seeming success at his job and with the girls tends to lead him away from h ...more
Melissa
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so enchanted to meet Jim Callaway and all of those who live in Caney Creek. I love the Depression era novels because it is a time that fascinates me in how these people survived through shear will and determination. They did not have the life convenience that we enjoy and often over use in modern day. Jo Huddleston has a way of bringing these times to life. Her research into this time period shows that the author takes great pains to make her novels as realistic as possible.

Jim escapes the
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Tiffany DeOs
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I got a chance to review That Summer by Jo Huddleston and I'm so glad I did. This is published by a small publishing house so if I hadn't gotten to review it I would have missed out and that would have been sad. This is book 1 of the Caney Creek Series and I hope I get a chance to read the others as I must know how the story ends. :)

That Summer is a historical novel set in the south during the Great Depression. Jim flees his home to get out from his abusive father and moves to the city to make i
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Kay
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful Southern romance! Set in East Tennessee, That Summer is a story full of emotion and struggle during the 1930’s. The author has captured the true essence of the people and the times in rural Appalachia.

It is gratifying to see the growth of the characters as they deal with life’s obstacles and challenges. I particularly enjoyed the way that the characters’ faith or lack of faith impacted his/her life and the spiritual struggles that some of the characters face. Jim is the male pr
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Marilyn
This is the first book I read by Jo Huddleston, but it will not be my last one. The story is filled with action, love, despair, faith, determination and struggles. Jo had me drawn into the lives of the characters and their emotions. Jimmy Callaway's determination to become a respectable young man, after leaving his abusive home during the depression, will have readers in tear. Jimmy endures a lot of struggles and strays from his mother's teachings about God. Will Jimmy survive the depression aft ...more
Julie Barrett
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That Summer (Caney Creek Series Book 1)
Have read other works by the author and enjoyed the reads.
This one starts out with Jim and he's had enough of his father's treatment and leaves to go to the city for a job and a place to stay. He hopes his father won't take it out on the younger kids still at home.
His mother understands but is torn from his leaving.
He is introduced to not only the plant owners daughter, Caroline but the ways of the city life,drinking with the guys and life at the boarding h
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Tracey M.
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book by Jo Huddleston "That Summer" is an inspirational Southern historical novel during the Great Depression which draws you in to where you are right there in the book with the characters as they go through each trial. As Jim Callaway flees to the city to escape his father's physical abuse and the poor lifestyle from living on the farm with his parents and younger siblings who he is always looking after; he begins to ignore his faith that he has always had in God. His lifestyle begins to a ...more
Rhonda Gayle
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by Jo Huddleston and I wanted to read it as I live in Virginia near the Appalachian mountains. Jo focuses on the Tennessee Appalachian mountains in her story. I was entranced by this story and simply could not put it down until I was finished. My heart broke for dear Caroline and the pain she had to endure due to her choices in life. I felt deeply for Jim and Louisa as well. It was a hard life, one filled with poverty and pain for many. I will not reveal too much so as not ...more
Joan Arning
That Summer seemed to move slowly at times perhaps because the depression era is not my favorite time period. The depression brought lots of heartbreak and devastation everywhere but especially to the southern Appalachians. That Summer portrays some of the consequences and unexpected entanglements that are brought about by our choices. That Summer was an interesting story and I will read the other books in this series. I received my copy of That Summer by Jo Huddleston through Bookfun.org. This ...more
Veronica
Jun 19, 2013 rated it liked it
This is an interesting story about the impact our choices can make on our life and the lives of others. I liked learning about this time period and found myself caring a lot about Jim and his family. I especially liked how faith and prayer are so important in the story. This was a fast-paced novel that kept my attention!

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Virginia Winfield
This was such an enjoyable read. This takes place in the 1920's when Jim and Louisa meet. They have some ups and downs and meet other people. What will happen? I loved how this story unfolded from beginning to end. I look forward to reading the next book in the Candy Creek series. I received a copy of this book from Bookfun.org for a fair and honest opinion.
Carol Erhardt
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Book

I enjoyed the book and the storyline, although at times it jumped periods of time too quickly, and the character transitions were a little unbelievable.
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