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I think a lot of the feedback I've seen for this book stems more from people not being used to him writing in this genre than it does from a fair criticism of the book itself. Aug 16, Joyce rated it really liked it. Have the tissues nearby. I think I went through two boxes by chapter twelve. It's a different book for fans, but a good book on grief and family.

Jul 08, Becky rated it it was ok. Baldacci should stick to what he writes really well I know authors like to change up their genres, but this book was a mess. It's a hash of emotional drivel. Sparks' writes this type of genre very well. Even Patterson does a decent job with Letters, but Baldacci's attempt is stiff and awkward at best Nothing beats the feeling of reading the right book at the right times.

It's a feeling this book made me live. One Summer is certainly one of those books that make difference. In short, the story of One Summer revolves around Jack Armstrong. He is an ex-military who served in Afghanistan and ME and received many medals during his service.

He's also a loving husband of Lizzie O'Toole and the father of three kids. Jack is diagnosed with a terminal illness that absolutely no one recovered from, so t Nothing beats the feeling of reading the right book at the right times. Jack is diagnosed with a terminal illness that absolutely no one recovered from, so the expectations of his recovery are non-existent. Soon, everyone starts to accept that. However, their lives take a dramatic turn when Lizzie died in a car accident.

And soon afterward, Jack miraculously is healed. One Summer is how long it takes for the family to get over their tragic past and appreciate life as it is. Since I started the first page, I can say I was glued to it. I think it has something to do with the style of writing that made the story float so smoothly and very lightly.

But after few chapters I've come to related to every character. They were real and vivid in my imagination. And not even once I had the desire to put the book down. Emotionally, I couldn't have read this book in a better time than this. It was somehow therapeutic and kind of reassuring in its own way. I stopped at some lines and reflected some of what I read on my own life and got new insights.

One Summer is a story to celebrate new beginnings and new chances. Frankly, who wouldn't like to celebrate both. Jack is terminally ill with three children that need parental guidance at home. Knowing his time on earth is limited, he agrees with his mother-in-law as he watches his children being separated to live with various family members, while he lies alone in a hospice center just waiting to take his last breath.

He ends up spending a lot of time in the hospice center when he not only lives longer than expected, but suddenly seems to recover. When he is finally given a clean bill of health months afte Jack is terminally ill with three children that need parental guidance at home.

When he is finally given a clean bill of health months after his admittance, the doctors are amazed at the miracle that Jack seems to have spun. At the hesitance of his family members, Jack is able to get his kids back together again and living with him. Not long after their reunion, when life seems to be getting back to some form of normalcy, the kids maternal great-grandmother passes away and leave a South Carolina beach home to Jack and his family.

Jack is surprised that he was chosen to inherit this piece of property, but as a carpenter she figured that Jack is the one who would give the home the care that it needed. So Jack, his kids, and his best friend Sammy, pack up all of their belongings to go investigate the beach property, that the family has always called 'The Castle'.

When they arrive at the castle they are astonished to find The Castle is basically a dilapidated beach house, but the kids have hope that this will not be their permanent residence. Although things look rough on the surface, Jack sees the beautiful home that this could be once again. A lot happens to Jack and his family during that summer at The Castle.

For a bit Jack seems to lose himself in the construction projects, while his kids drift further away from him. When he finally realizes that his priorities are out of whack they all make some changes that bring them back to a family level. The only problem is that it may be too late for these changes.

This was a great audiobook, one that I think I enjoyed more than if I had actually read it. With themes of love, miracles, and family obligations, you will want to hear every word that is spoken.

I do not hesitate in recommending this selection in the audioversion. Feb 24, Sue rated it it was amazing Shelves: family-drama. I couldn't put it down.


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This is a story of a guy, a decorated war vet, family man and all around decent guy - Jack Armstrong - who finds himself dying from a mysterious disease. For me, the hallmark of a great book, whatever t "One Summer" by David Baldacci is a novel that I was totally gripped from the first page. For me, the hallmark of a great book, whatever the genre, is the effect it has on me as a person, not just a writer or reader. I'm not sure when this book was written but David Baldacci had the goods from day one and this novel delivers.

Well worth the read. View all 5 comments. Jun 20, The-vault rated it really liked it. By David Baldacci. Grade: A David Baldacci is without a doubt one of the finest writers of edge-of-your-seat thrillers. He has taken a departure from the norm with his novels Wish You Well and The Christmas Train in the past, both of which I enjoyed a lot. With One Summer, he stretches himself further as he delves deeper into relationships and the mystery - and miracle - that life is.

A moving story of love, second chances and the importance of family from the Number One International Bestseller.. A moving story of love, second chances and the importance of family from the Number One International Bestseller When thirty-four-year-old ex-war veteran Jack Armstrong is told he has only weeks to live, his first concern is for his beloved wife Lizzie, and their children: baby Jackie, twelve-year-old would-be actor Cory and rebellious teenage daughter Mikki.

It seems so cruel that an apparently fatal illness should claim him, a survivor of Afghanistan and Iraq, when he still ha so much left to live for. On Christmas Eve, as Jack prepares to say goodbye to his family, unthinkable tragedy strikes again and Lizzie is killed in a car accident. During one unforgettable summer Jack and the children struggle to rebuild their lives. They learn to live again — and to love again.

And they learn the biggest lesson of all — the importance of family. The plot is easy to understand. Jack is a survivor of Afghanistan and Iraq, and is deeply in love with his wife of seventeen years when he is told that he has only weeks to live. He is trying to hang on until Christmas and has accepted his fate, complete with leaving letters to his wife.

But then he is low on meds and his wife goes out on the snow-slicked roads to buy some and ends up dead. I pretty much started tearing up there, but I am a person who enjoys crying with a book so it's no big deal. Jack's devastated and is more than willing to die now so that he can join Lizzie up there.

But his family needs him and he can't make himself push the button that will stop the machines and allow him to leave. That night in the hospice, something happens and he breathes without artificial aid for the first time in months. A few days later, he actually swallows solid food and stands up on his two feet. It's terrible timing, but for all it is worth I admit, this part was difficult to swallow. Yes, it's fiction but nobody survives a terminal illness- which remains unnamed throughout the book - just like that. One moment you're nearly dying, and the next you're not?

Jack decides that he has been given a second shot at life and vows to make the most of it. He puts aside his grieving for his wife and takes control of his life. He gathers up his children from their grandmother and moves to Lizzie's childhood home, which has been bequeathed to Jack in the will of Lizzie's grandmother. There in South Carolina, the family begins the healing process. The author here shifts focus on Jack's eldest daughter, Mikki, who is a rebellious teenager and cause of much grief, but Cory and Jackie are rarely in the spotlight. We also get a small town diner-owner Jenna and her son Liam - Mikki's love interest.

In keeping with a flimsy plot line, Jack finds himself obsessed with Lizzie's lighthouse and devotes more and more time to fix it, instead of spending them with his family like he'd promised himself. Mikki encounters her own problems in the town princess Tiffany as she tries to heal the breach with her dad. For climax, we get the grandmother suing Jack for custody of the kids - a case she wins, despite the slimsy evidence.

But then there's a hurricane and Mikki is caught in it If you put aside the weak plot, I think the story's well told. Taking a leaf out of Nicholas Sparks' book, Baldacci writes about love and loyalty and fighting the curve balls life throws at you. We see how Jack learns to deal with his pain and loss and gets over his childhood hang-ups. He learns that to share really does minimize the depth of the grief and it's a much better alternative than hiding it inside.

He also learns that family is the only treasure that truly matters and taking it for granted is not the way to go about it. To sum up, I'd say that long time Baldacci fans are going to be disappointed at the lack of spies and cover-ups but readers of Nicholas Sparks may have found another favourite novel. Originally reviewed at : www.

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Jun 27, Debbie rated it it was amazing. He spends his final days with what little strength he has to write Lizzie a letter a day in which to pour out his heart and his love. Then on Christmas Eve the unthinkable happens and Lizzie is killed in an accident. With only breaths left Jack makes his peace only to find that the universe has something entirely different in store for him. David Baldacci is in a class by himself when it comes to telling a story, from the first paragraph he has his audience right in the palm of his hand and in this case with tissues.

He takes us on an emotional ride with his plot of death, illness, regret and despair and just when all faith is gone he gives us that ultimate emotion, hope. The narrative is so exact that you can feel the salt breeze on your face and the brightness of the lighthouse in your eyes. The author then goes one step more and conveys his characters emotions so well that you can feel the anger the hurt and the joy in equal measure. He gives us remarkably unforgettable characters, not celebrities but just everyday Joe and Jills that put one foot in front of the other to make it through another day.

Baldacci does an amazing job with his protagonist Jack, portraying a realistic picture of a man in crisis. Feb 18, Maria Ulery rated it it was amazing. Great Read! Jack, husband and former army ranger, and Lizzie, wife and mother etc. Days turn into weeks in hospice and Jack starts to get better, but how his disease is a killer and he was almost dead! Is Lizzie saving him from beyond the grave?? Well it sure seems like a miracle has happened Jack gets stronger and finally gets his family back and they head to South Carolina where Lizzie grew up in a large beach house and it has it owns lighthouse!!!!

Anyway life gets better but he is in for a rude awakening raising 3 kids and working but thanks for the help of his bff Sammy who helps him thru out the book. Jack feels closer to Lizzie here where she grew up and many interesting things happen good and bad but you have to read it! I really, really, highly recommend it! This is my first David Baldacci and it won't be my last. Read it Aug 16, Ruth rated it it was amazing.

Jack lay in bed in the den dying. His three children each reacted differently to his illness. Liz, his soulmate and wife, took care of him, the children, the house, and worked. He loved her with all his heart. His days were numbered and he was hoping to make it to Christmas when someone knocked on the door to give him bad news and he found himself burying the girl of his dreams rather than the other way around which he felt was the way that it should have been.

His in-laws place him in hospice to Jack lay in bed in the den dying. His in-laws place him in hospice to await his death and the children are given to three different family members. Once again, he waits but this time he is alone. But miracles do happen and amazingly Jack finds himself getting better and stronger. The doctors can't believe what is happening.

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Is Jack getting a second chance at having his family back? Will he be able to overcome the things that he regretted about his life before he knew that he was dying? Can they find their way back together as a family again or is it impossible to recover without their beloved Lizzie? I have read several thrillers by David Baldacci. They are excellent. It was a memoir based on stories from his family who had grown up poor in the Appalachain Mountains. It was well written and enjoyable. This book although not his typical suspense thriller had a lot of action and at the close of the book had you sitting at the edge of your seat.

The true hallmark of an outstanding storyteller! 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 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 seller 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 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 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. Sep 21, Sheila rated it really liked it. Jack, a young 35 year old man is lying in bed dying. He has survived combat in Afghanistan and Iraq but a rare disease has left him weak and helpless. His wife, Lizzie is his full time caregiver, while she also is the mother of their 3 children.

His two sons, 11 year old Cory and 2 year old Jackie spend time with their father. Jack has written 6 letters to his wife, one for each day before Xmas. He hopes to last Jack, a young 35 year old man is lying in bed dying. He hopes to last until Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve, his wife, rushes out to refill his prescription even though he asks her not to.

She is killed in an MVA on her way home. HIs mother-in-law takes charge and arranges for Jack to move to Hospice and the 3 children to be split up among relatives. As Jack lays in Hospice, alone, he finds his health slowly improving. He struggles to regain his strength and custody of his children. On the night Lizzie died, she told Jack she wanted to take the children to an old childhood home for the summer.

As Jack slowly gets better, he decides to fulfill her wish. The story is about love, grief, family dynamics and the difficulties of raising children as a single parent. I really enjoyed this book. Jul 16, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. This book is a very emotional and yet inspirational. Baldacci the author got me grabbing for tissues the very first page of Chapter 1. For anyone who needs a book just to have This book is a very emotional and yet inspirational. For anyone who needs a book just to have a good cry, to be reminded God really does have a plan, or just need a little uplifting this book is for you.

It was very hard for me to put down this book. Baldacci made each Chapter just a few pages long and at the end of each you just want to keep reading more to see what will happen next. It normally takes me a full month to read a book because I just read for minutes each night before falling asleep but I read this novel in less than 2 weeks, finding myself heading to bed early just to keep reading to find out what will happen next.

Mar 04, Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it. I loved this bopk and if I could have figured out how to do it I would have given this four and a half stars. This is the first David Baldacci book I have read. My husband has read several but I gather they are a different type of book to this. I picked this up on the strength of the cover, which shows how important covers are. If you can suspend disbelief and allow for miracles that include recovery from cancer, then you will have no trouble getting involved with these characters.

I have no pro I loved this bopk and if I could have figured out how to do it I would have given this four and a half stars.

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I have no problem believing in miracles, so I was happy to accept this. The rest of the novel of Jack Armstrong a decorated ex-war veteran shows how he deals with his family of three children, one a rather prickly teenager. If you like the novels of Nicholas Sparks, you will like this book as it has the same emotional pull and themes. I read it through in a day because I was so emotionally invested in the characters and the story. It has a lot to say about the different ways people handle grief. If you can get through it without resorting to the box of tissues then you're better person than I am.

Jul 10, Dona rated it did not like it. Are you sure this was written by David Baldacci? It has Nicholas Sparks written all over it. Sicky sweet and SO very predictable. Hated it and am disappointed in myself for not stopping after the first couple of chapters and picking out something else to read.

Jul 03, Vannetta Chapman rated it really liked it. This was a great summer read - light with a little mystery. Baldacci is a very skilled story-teller and he has you from the first page in "One Summer.

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Great character development, and I loved the beach setting. Jul 05, Sheryl Sorrentino rated it liked it. Listened to the audio version. The narrator was awful. No matter how sensitive the subject matter and it certainly was a tear-jerker, especially in the beginning! The female voices and accents weren't much better. There was plenty of violence and action in this tale, which caught me a bit by surprise.

And the teenage daughter's repeated missteps grew taxing by the end. But all-in-all, it was entertaining for a long holiday weekend drive and som Listened to the audio version. But all-in-all, it was entertaining for a long holiday weekend drive and some mindless listening in between.

View all 3 comments. Aug 13, Elinor rated it it was ok. I tend to rate books on the high side, since I respect the amount of work it takes to finish a book, but even I cannot muster up more than two stars for this one. I've never read anything by David Baldacci but I can only assume his thrillers are better than this story about a single father who takes his three kids to an old beach house to recover from the death of his wife, and then mostly ignores them.

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None of this rings true. The kids don't behave like kids, and the sentimentality is over the I tend to rate books on the high side, since I respect the amount of work it takes to finish a book, but even I cannot muster up more than two stars for this one. The kids don't behave like kids, and the sentimentality is over the top.

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Mostly, however, the book is simply boring. An awesome story that instills you to live through the lives of the characters. It's written to inspire you to relate to the misfortunes of these lives and support them as they take small, baby steps back to trying to live normally. I enjoyed this story and could imagine every scene in the book. There's romance, death, mixed emotions, altercations, judicial procedures, and several other situations that uniquely binds this book and makes it worth reading.

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