Two things caught my eye when the press release for Summer’s List by Anita Higman arrived in my inbox: 1, I (kind of) share the name of the title character; and 2, said character manages an independent bookstore (hello, dream job!).
A third thing that caught my attention was the book’s author, who stopped by A Writer’s Purpose when her novel A Marriage in Middlebury was released in November 2013.
I wasted no time to request a review copy from Litfuse Publicity Group and upon the book’s release in early June, the book was in my mailbox.
Summer lives a life of selflessness, putting the needs of others before her own. She passed up college to care for her dying parents, and she took over her grandmother’s bookstore when age and health prevented her from working. Her path was determined by the decisions to care for others, with little thought to herself.
But Summer’s sacrifices did not go unnoticed by her grandmother, who presents her granddaughter with a list (Summer’s list) of adventures and goals to complete. There’s a catch: Summer has to complete the bucket list of sorts with an old childhood friend, Martin, who she hasn’t seen since they were much younger.
This work of Christian fiction includes a cast of characters with many hurts, and while it’s a story of forgiveness and second chances, there’s also a sweet love story beneath the surface.
Summer’s List is a perfect read for the season.
Do you have a list?