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Summer's List

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  138 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
A dying wish alters the course of a young woman’s life.

Life hadn’t been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessness—caring for her ailing parents and running her grandmother’s bookstore—she had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love… didn’t turn out. She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2015 by River North (first published May 18th 2015)
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Carole Jarvis
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

I have read several of Anita's books and always find them entertaining, often containing a little nugget that challenges or gives me cause for reflection - and Summer's List is no exception. This story has a quirkiness about it, some might say it has a modern-day fairytale or allegory feel - and I find that a refreshingly different quality. Sometimes the dialogue seems a little formal, but the story is very touching overall. Poignant, humorous
Emilie Hendryx
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-copy, romance
Life isn't going the way Summer Snow had hoped it would. When faced with another disappointment in love and struggles at the children's bookstore she runs, Summer may just have a chance to change the course of her life when presented with a list lovingly composed by her granny.

Along for the ride, Martin Langtree not only gets the opportunity to go on an adventure, but rekindles a long-lost friendship. But could it become more than that?

I had high hopes for Summer's List by Anita Higman. I've en
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Summer’s List
By, Anita Higman
I really enjoyed Summer’s List , but I have not read any of Anita Higman’s books that I have not liked. Summer’s List grabbed me at the first and helped on till the end. I felt tears in my eyes several times , then other times i caught myself smiling . I loved the two mail characters, Summer and Martin. Summer has a granny that is not well and she makes out a bucket list for Summer to fill. The list also involves an old friend that she has not seen in several years.
Let me preface this review by saying that I am a big fan of Anita’s books. Her stories are always such a delight to read, and up to this point, there hasn’t been one that I didn’t enjoy immensely. Unfortunately, Summer’s List, is a story that I really struggled to get into. I have grown to love Anita’s whimsical details and endearing characters, and though they are present here, the plot of the story was not my favorite.

I think my lack of enthusiasm for the plot is that it plays out much differe
Charity Andrews
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Summer just found out some terrible news and now her Granny wants her to complete a list. Before reading what's on the list, she agrees to do whatever she can to help her Granny out. All her life she has helped others and put others' needs before her own. Now she must complete this in the hopes of finding out who she is.

Mixed with some mystery, drama, and family complications. There is plenty here. The characters had depth of character. They were VERY quirky, but interesting too. There was plent
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it
The first part of this book intrigued me and I thought the writing style unique. After a few chapters my interest started to wear off. I wish I could say otherwise but I just couldn't get completely into the story line. I like Summer's character I just didn't like the overall plot. It was an okay read but just not my favorite.

Three stars.

"I received this book from Moody Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review."

May 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
The dialogue in this book was just brutal. So stilted and awkward -- and so much of it! The premise was interesting, but the execution was way too clunky, forced and unnatural to make for an enjoyable read.
Julia Wilson
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Summer's List by Anita Higman is an absolutely delightful novel and I was blessed to receive a copy. From the very first mention of Summer Snow's name, I just knew that I was going to be in for a real treat. It felt like the beginning of a wonderful fairy story, a feeling that intensified with the introduction of Granny Snow.
Summer has a strong bond with her Granny since her parents died several years earlier. It is to her Granny that she runs, after she has broken off her engagement. Summer is
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This is a beautiful story of a grandmother who is dying, and her wish is for her grand daughter to do what is on a list she has made for me. Granny knows that life has not been easy for Summer Snow, so on this list are things that Summer hasn’t been able to do, because of taking care of her parents, then helping Granny in her bookstore. The main thing Summer had to do was to find long time lost friend, Martin Langtree, and have Martin to help her with her list. When Summe
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoy Anita Higman's books but I have to reluctantly say this one isn't my favorite. There is much to like about it. Summer is an endearing character, and I admire her dedication and love for her family as she cared for her parents and now continues to manage her grandmother's bookstore. The task her grandmother gives her of completing a list of adventures is intriguing, and renewing an acquaintance with her childhood friend has lots of potential for fun and romance. Although he is rather nerd ...more
Amanda Hickman
Jun 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Twee. This word came into my awareness some years ago, and it sort of floated through my consciousness as I read this book. My church's book club selected the novel, and while I must say it's pretty perfect as a summer read for a church book club, it just isn't going to make my favorite novels list. The plot is a promising one--granddaughter breaks up with fiance, grandmother who is dying gives her a list to accomplish over the summer (to distract her and to teach some life lessons--but also to ...more
Beckie Burnham
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Summer’s List by Anita Higman is a contemporary romance that reads a bit like a fractured fairy tale, complete with a fairy grandmother, evil step-brothers and an awkward prince! The characters learn to live, love and dream before the happily ever after. This one is a quick and light read for the hopeful romantic.

Summer has been putting others first for so long, she has difficulty living for herself. Faced with loss, she is commanded to go on a quest — a bucket list of sorts — to find out what s
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"You can say it, " Granny said. "I'm going to die. And so must we all, eventually. I've had some time to think about it. I'm at peace with it."
"Well, I'm not at peace with it. Not at all." Summer rose off the chaise lounge. "Granny, you can't go. I love you. You're my life. I rely on you for so much. You can't go. The doctors will have to come up with something. I won't let you die." Her voice rose nearly an octave.
Anita Higman has created another incredibly touching and moving novel. Summer
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Summer's List by Anita Higman
Christian, contemporary fiction
River North

Anita Higman spins a tale of a life changing Bucket list. Summer Snow has always put others before herself. She has taken care of her parents, ran her grandmothers bookstore and now she is doing her granny's bucket list. Granny Snow's dying wish is for Summer to have a chance to live her own dreams. With much prayer, the help of an old childhood friend, Summer can finally have to the chance to find romance
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
There's a kind of floating quality to the narrative in this book. It's told mostly from Summer's perspective (with some from Martin's POV), and it's as if she's slightly disconnected from her own experiences. She is not your run-of-the-mill contemporary female, in fact with her slightly formal yet fanciful dialogue, she seems to be from a much earlier era. She and Martin are both described as gentle souls, different from their peers, which is why their friendship is so timeless. I loved how afte ...more
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Summer has an unselfish heart. She quit college to take care of her parents after their accident. Now she's running her grandmother's book store. After breaking up with her boyfriend she heads over to her grandmothers to talk. But Granny has some news of her own. She's dying and she wants Summer to complete a list for her. Up until now Summer has been there for everyone else. Granny hopes that by completing this list, Summer will realize what she wants to do with her life. The first thing on Sum ...more
Jun 24, 2015 added it
Shelves: 2015
Have you ever seen The Bucket List with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson? It was funny and heart-warming, so naturally I cried my eyes out. But there’s really something about bucket lists isn’t there?

Following someone go through a bucket list is such a fun idea and while I appreciated where the journey led both Summer and Martin, I just didn’t connect with this one. It dealt with real life topics and hurt as well, so I really wanted to, but for me there was a disconnect.

It’s been nearly 20 yea
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
SUMMER’S LIST is the newest book by Ms. Higman. I wanted to like this book. A contemporary romance, a delightful sounding premise… and a summer read that is sure to be enjoyable… except it flopped, like a dying fish.

I noticed at first the dialogue is stiff and unnatural. Very formal at times. I thought a first it was how Summer talked with her senator boyfriend and it’d go away with everyone else, but it didn’t. Then the descriptions. . . She dressed in a nice outfit—navy blue with a white vest
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Summer's List is a charming book about a woman in her early 30's in Texas. When we first meet Summer she is working at her grandmother's bookstore, which specializes in children's books. She is engaged to a politician. Somehow, though, she wants something more.

Summer's grandmother gives her a special list of things to do - little adventures to try. The list begins with looking up her best friend from childhood, Martin Langtree.

The book is really about both Summer and Martin, as they seek to find
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
It is a struggle to get through this novel, as the stilted, overly formal dialogue and language are distracting. There are a large number of point-of-view changes, sometimes within a scene, and the plot lacks depth.
Summer Snow has always put others first, caring for her ailing parents until their deaths, and now running her grandmother’s bookstore. When Granny tells Summer that she is dying, she gives Summer a list of things that will challenge her to break out of her shell. The first thing on t
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Everyone seems to have a bucket list they want to accomplish - I wonder how one would like to have that bucket list written by someone else? This is just what happened to Summer - her grandma wrote the list and it was up to Summer to accomplish all of it. A very well written story exploring family struggles, dreams that lose focus due to unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust in and listen to the Lord.
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought Summer's List was a pretty good read. With a mixture of heart wrenching and then laughing out loud moments, it kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed Summer's adventure that led to mystery and romance. I thought this book was great and I recommend it.
Five stars
Rochelle Tindall
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another lovely story from Anita Higman.
Nov 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Because I respect and appreciate the time and effort of any author, I have to say that the book did give me one character that I genuinely rooted for: Granny. She had a few pieces of dialogue here and there but she was the only person in the book that more-or-less made sense. Yes, the concept of the book with road trips, lists, and long-lost friends/loves is often explored, however, I held out hope that Anita Higman will own whatever hasn’t been explored yet; something that is just waiting to be ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Summer has just broken up with her politician fiancee, so she goes to her grandmother's house to receive some comfort. Instead of comfort, Summer receives some tragic news and the charge to do all the things on a list her grandmother has given her. Sometimes the writing is stilted. Sometimes the characters are over the top. Sometimes the drama is forced. But overall the book was enjoyable, and it ends on a good note.
Christina Miller-Hostler
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great book to relax to!
Nadine Keels
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Summer has spent so many years of her life taking care of her family's needs while her own dreams have drifted off. But her gravely ill grandmother wishes for Summer to recapture some of those dreams with an important To Do list. Completing the list may even take seeking the help of Martin, the childhood friend Summer lost but has never forgotten in Summer's List, a novel by author Anita Higman.

I've quite enjoyed a couple of this author's Middlebury stories. Although I'm known (at least to mysel
Lisa Johnson
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: Summer’s List
Author: Anita Higman
Pages: 288
Year: 2015
Publisher: River North
My rating is 5 stars out of 5!
When I began the reading the tale of a very special bond between Granny and her granddaughter named Summer Snow, I sensed that it might have a hint of sadness to the novel. However, over arching the whole book is the work God can do to mend broken lives, families and relationships. The factor which tended to scare the main characters Summer and her childhood friend Martin was risk. Th
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
received this book from Litfuse Publicity for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

A dying wish alters the course of a young woman's life.

Life hadn't been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessness-caring for her ailing parents and running her grandmother's bookstore-she had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love... didn't turn out. She had the bookstore, she had
Inderpreet Uppal
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book Summers List reads like a story with hints of a fairy tale in it. Not because of the story line or the characters but the general feel of the book is of sweet, tender love. There is so much love in the book from Summer, Martin, Miss Beetle and Granny Snow who is the catalyst of all the good things happening around.

The story starts on a sad note as Summer is breaking up with her fiancé Elliot Whitfield, who seems like a self obsessed control freak. Good riddance there! I found the init
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