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Summer of the Loon

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  359 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
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Life can change in a heartbeat…

Ali Jenson's life changed forever the moment her mother died. The sixteen-year-old was suddenly swept away from the life she knew in California to live with her estranged grandfather in the deep woods of northern Minnesota. Ali's life has never been easy, but it seems her grandfather is trying his best to make it even more diffi
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Published February 17th 2014 by Deanna Lynn Sletten (first published February 16th 2014)
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Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A nice story about finding your family and reconnecting. Young Adult romance.
Nothing really powerful.
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this more than 5 stars because it deserves many many more!

I was told from a great friend to read this book, she made me add it to my wish list, to be read pile, etc and then she told me the second it was on Amazon to buy it and read it! Needless to say it was a great suggestion because it was a fantastic book!

16 year old Ali doesn't have the life of a normal teenager. Having to be the one to take care of her mother instead of the other way around has made her grow up a lot f
Susan (The Book Bag)
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I know when I start one of Deanna's books that I am going to enjoy the story so, so much. When I get one of her books, I drop whatever I am reading and doing so that I can dive into the new world she has created for us. And I am never disappointed. She writes such wonderful, down to earth, believable stories with very likable characters.

Summer of the Loon was the perfect book to read right now, in the dead of winter, with the cold and snow blowing around me. The story takes place during the summ
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have had the privilege and honor of getting an advanced copy of Summer of the Loon by Deanna Lynn Sletten. I have enjoyed the stories that I have read by this author but this story was so much different. It was an amazing and a very powerful story. This was by far one of the best stories that I have read in a very long time. It touched on every emotion and definitely had me keep turning the pages. It was so difficult to put the kindle down every time I had to do some thing in “real life". I fo ...more
Tia Bach
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Growing up is hard. For Ali Jenson, it was something she had to do at a very young age. With no father and a mother lost in regret and alcohol, Ali didn't have a typical childhood. When her mother dies unexpectedly, Ali goes to live with the grandfather long cut out of their lives. Did he sever the ties or did her mother? There's so much Ali doesn't know.

Ben Jenson lives with his own regrets and loss. He doesn't know his granddaughter. Suddenly, she is moving in. When he looks at her, he sees hi
Kerry Reis
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-version
Sixteen-year-old Ali Jenson, who was raised by her single mother in Southern California and is now dealing with the sudden death of her mother, is being forced to move away from her friends and former life to Northern Minnesota to live with her grandfather, a man she has never met nor was told anything about by her mother. Ben Jenson, still dealing with the loss of his dear wife four years ago and the estrangement of his daughter at the time she became pregnant with Ali, is determined to connect ...more
Dan Arndt
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, normally, I don't really read romance types of books. Even though I'm still considered a "hopeless" romantic, I try to stay away from those sappy love stories. I like action and strong characters that have to face some pretty hard things in order to survive. Yet, every so often I'll pick up a book that has some kind of love story attached to it.

Let me just say that this book was far from the sappy love story. It had a love story included in with the plot, but it took a backseat to an amazin
Diana Hockley
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deanna Lynn Sletton's books are always good value and this one is superb! The story of Ali - orphaned grand-daughter of Ben, cranky father of Ali's mother - is set during the summer by a lake in Minnesota.

Ali's struggle to come to terms with the death of her alcoholic mother and with her Ben's part in Angela's departure seventeen years previously, is told in beautiful, calm prose. Jenny - Ben's partner and her son, Chase, support Ali in her efforts to get close to Ben, whose grief at losing his
Norma Budden
Summer of the Loon tells the story of a teenager whose mother died from substance abuse and how she was moved across the country - forced to leave her friends and everything familiar behind - to live with a grandfather she had never known, a grandfather whose love she questioned.

This is a wholesome story involving a young couple who meet and get along well together from the beginning. They work side by side at the lodge when required and talk about their hopes and dreams, among other things, lat
Barbara Lohr
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel offers a thoughtful journey into the deep woods of Minnesota...and the human heart. Ali loses her mother and is sent to her only living relative, a grandfather she's never met. Ben lives deep in the woods and has a generator in his garage. Lights out at nine each night, so a bit of a shock for the city girl. The story charts their relationship, along with a sweet romance with Chase, who works at a nearby lodge which Ben once owned and operated. The characters are good people with soli ...more
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received a free copy of this wonderful book through Goodreads first reader program. From the start I had to keep reading to know how life ended up for the main character. I thought this story was well written and kept me interested. I have read a lot of stories lately that I really disliked the endings however the ending of this story was upbeat and enjoyable. I will be looking for other books by this author.
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 14-reads
This has been described as a woman's book. I big to differ. It is an interesting, well written article about a grandfather and his granddaughter thrown together by tragedy and circumstance. The writer successfully pulled together how they finally came to accept each other and deal positively with the deaths of mother, daughter and wife. Romance plays a minor role in the story.
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love, favorites
Once again, Deanna has a home run. I have read every book she has written. Proud to say I am a big fan.

Cannot wait for the next book.
Deb Soltesz
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming story. Nice summer read.
Stephanie Gillett
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nicely written young adult novel. It's about a real kid in real life, facing real-life situations. Refreshing, considering what's out there! I gave it four stars because I felt like it was a little over the top hammering home the "don't have sex and screw up your life" message, which is not as realistic as the "be smart and use protection" message kids really need to hear. But I still liked it!
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I typically don't read a lot of romance novels, but this one was a good choice. It wasn't too sappy. I enjoyed learning a little about the Minnesota North Country, where Cinda has roots. I liked the attention to nature in this story.
Jean Baxter
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet story I enjoyed. Maybe a little predictable yet held my interest with great characters and descriptions of the north woods making you feel like you were right there with them. Dealt with some tough subject matters but handled with honesty and compassion.
Marianne Broccolo Bair
Really enjoyed this book

Summer of the Loon was an unexpected surprise. . Wasn't sure if I would like it, but once I started reading I found this Book hard to put down. Loved it and will definitely be reading more by Deanna Lynn Sletten. Great storyteller.
Not my cup of tea but others may love it.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice young adult coming of age story set in the woods at a lakeside resort.
Kim Cano
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great family story with likeable characters that takes place in Northern Minnesota. My favorite was Ben, the grouchy old man. Loved it when he got into a confrontation with another man who deserved what he gave him. This is the 4th novel I've read by Deanna Lynn Sletten. I've enjoyed all her books and plan to read more. I listened to this one on audiobook. Great way to read when your eyes are tired.
I really liked this book...a fast read because you won't want to put it down. Its about a crusty old grandpa and a granddaughter that needs him as much as he needs her...both stubborn and living in the past. Its set in Minnesota and the author writes so well that you feel like your there with them.
I'm enjoying this author, another new to me and I will definitely read more of her books.

From Amazon:
Life can change in a heartbeat...

Ali Jenson's life changed forever the moment her mother died. T
Ann Swann
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Big Stars for Summer of the Loon

Sitting down with a new Deanna Lynn Sletten book is like having lunch with an old friend. As soon as I read the first few sentences, I begin to relax. Deanna’s smooth writing style takes me immediately into the story. The characters are so believable, so familiar (like an old friend) that I feel an instant connection with them.

When Ali, a junior in high school, loses her mom to an overdose of pills and booze, the teen has to leave her California home and move al
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story of a young girl who is taken away from a life she knew in California to Minnesota to live with family and folks she never knew. Ali has lived with her alcoholic mother all of her life. Never knowing who her father was or anything about her mothers past. When Ali finds her mother dead after an over dose or suicide, she goes to live with her estranged, grumpy Grandfather Bill at a resort in Minnesota. This is a beautiful story of love, forgiveness, family and new loves. My heart ...more
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
16 year-old, Ali, is a city girl who's brought to the mid-west after her mother's tragic death. Now living with a grandfather she had never met before, she's forced to accept new surroundings while still holding on to her ideals. Ali ends up getting more than she bargained for.
~ Although a bit juvenile in its simplicity; and at times difficult to continue because of it, I would ultimately consider it a cute Summer read.
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful book

This is the kind of book that everyone should read. The story feels so real, I fell in love with Ali. Despite everything she went through, she kept herself together and positive. And Chase, Jo and of course Ben, they are just wonderful people. This book made me laugh and cry but truly, it just made me feel good. Made me stop and think what I have and what is really important to son, my treasure. Great reading.

Dixie Minor
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! The book had such a sense of place; the setting was beautiful. I felt like I had actually spent the summer in Minnesota. I loved the way the loons were gently interwoven into the book and the mood and tone they helped set. Ali faced her difficulties. I admired her strength and enjoyed the hopefulness of the healing that takes place in the book. Also enjoyed the romance-both generations'!
Phyllis Lautenschlaeger
A struggle to find "home" for Ali and peace for her angry grandfather,Ben.

A bittersweet story of sending love away and finally receiving it again as a gift. Seventeen year old Ali lives a life caring for her troubled mother and then her mother dies leaving Ali no choice but to go far from California to the far north and a complete shift in lifestyle. I enjoyed the story was written and it is well worth reading.
Diana L Thomas
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Decision

I'm not sure if I enjoyed the love story of the family or the love expressed for the loons. There is so much compassion between Ali, Ben, Chase and Jo you want t be part of their family. Reading about the loons has made me put Minnesota and seeing the loons on my travel bucket list. This was a wonderful book.
Mary E
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the characters in the story. It was sad that so much time had been lost between the grandfather and granddaughter but both grew into a good strong relationship. A lot of the story was somewhat predictable but that is not necessarily a bad thing either. It is comforting when things work out as we want them to.
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Deanna Lynn Sletten is the author of MAGGIE'S TURN, FINDING LIBBIE, ONE WRONG TURN, MISS ETTA, and several other titles. She writes heartwarming women's fiction and romance novels with unforgettable characters. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime. Deanna believes in fate, destiny, love at first sight, soul mates, second chances, and happily eve ...more
“Halverson turned around as Ben approached him. "Well, Ben Jenson, imagine seeing you here. Just had a nice little talk with your granddaughter." Ben walked right up to Halverson and punched him in the face so hard he flew off his barstool and onto the floor.” 0 likes
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