Saturday, June 13, 2015

5 Star Review of "Summer's List"

Review of Summer's List

by Anita Higman


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 something-or someone.

Opportunity strikes when Granny sends Summer on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree, a kind but gangly young man from Summer's past. A childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?

With lovable characters and surprising twists, Summer's List is a simple delight.
MY REVIEW:   "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's List will stir the reader's heartstrings.   I immediately felt a kinship with both Martin and Summer.   Add in the delightful Granny and this book is irresistible.  Summer sacrificed her own dreams to care for her own parents when they were dying and now as Granny is dying, she wants to help Summer find those dreams again.    And the problem is that Summer is on a deadline as Granny does not have long to live.   Will Summer find her longlost love from childhood and recreate the dreams she deferred before it's too late?   or will Granny leave this world never knowing if Summer will know true love and fulfill her own dreams?  
       I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.
       I received a free print copy of this book from the publisher and a pdf version from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.   All opinions expressed are my own.    

About the Author:  

CBA best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has twenty-nine books published (several co-authored) for adults and children, and she has seven books coming out in the next two years. She won a 2011 RWA Readers Choice Award (first place) and has been honored in the past as a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston. Her latest coauthored book, Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe, was on the Nielsen’s best-seller list for five weeks for religious adult fiction and #6 on the CBA best-seller list for fiction (January, 2011). Anita’s novella, Once Upon a Christmas Eve, was given a four-star review in Romantic Times Magazine.

Some of Ms. Higman’s publishers are Guideposts/Summerside Press, Barbour Publishing, McGraw-Hill, Roman & Littlefield, Lillenas Drama, Abingdon Press, Standard Publishing, Bethany House, and Simon & Schuster/Howard Publishing.

A few of Anita’s books are Love Finds You in Humble Texas, Another Stab at Life, The Celestial Helix, The Love Song (co-authored), Pokeweed and Mrs. Gasp, Who Will I be For the Rest of My Life? (co-authored), and Big Book of Holidays and Holy Days. She also has contributions in twelve nonfiction compilations.

One of Ms. Higman’s co-authored books entitled, A Tribute to Early Texas, has a foreword by Elmer Kelton and has won a San Antonio Conservation Society Citation as well as a Westerners International Book Award. She was named a Favorite New Author in the 15th Annual Heartsong Presents Awards, and in the 16th Annual Heartsong Presents Awards her co-authored novel, Castles in the Air, was one of the winners in the Favorite Contemporary Romance category. Also Anita contributed to an animation script that won a Gold Remi Award.

Her novel, Love Finds You in Humble Texas, was chosen by Crossings Book Club and is now available in hardback and large print editions. Anita and the novel, Love Finds You in Humble Texas were featured on The Harvest Show, a Christian program with eight million regular viewers.

Ms. Higman has won two awards for her contribution to literacy and has raised thousands of dollars for literacy with her book, I Can Be Anything, while serving on the board of directors of Literacy Advance of Houston.

Anita Higman has written for radio, ezine, and advertising. She also cohosts a monthly blogtalkradio show which is a part of Reader’s Entertainment Radio and reaches an audience of 80,000. She has a BA degree combining speech communication, psychology, and art from Southern Nazarene University, and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers as well as The Writer’s View.

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