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One Summer by David Baldacci

One Summer

by David Baldacci

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This book is a departure from David Baldacci's usual genre. It is a book about love and loss, and about how to move on after a loss. There are many plot twists--the first of which is terminally ill Jack Armstrong returning to health to be able to be a single parent to his three children (after thinking that he would be leaving his wife to raise their family. She is killed in a freak accident on a snowy night.)

Most of the plot points are resolved, but some seem to just hang there. Miki and Tiffany go at it several times within the novel, but after the talent contest, Tiffany just sort of disappears (as does Blake). I actually expected Tiffany to be upset that Miki and Liam upstaged her moment of glory in winning her fourth talent contest in a row and to try to retaliate in some way. Also, at one point, it is mentioned that Sammy started dating Ann Bethune, but nothing more seems to be said about that relationship either. ( )
  JenniferRobb | May 17, 2016 |
This was a poignant, emotional, heart-tugging novel. I was definitely caught up in it despite my occasional thoughts that it was a chick lit book and I shouldn't let myself be manipulated into feeling so much for these people. (Obviously, Baldacci is a great storyteller and knows how to engage his readers with just the right amount of dialogue, action, opposing characters, twists and turns, sadness and joy.) One thing that made this "chick lit" book unusual was that it was written by a man and centered around a man's feelings and reactions, along with a maelstrom of others' emotions. I appreciated experiencing the intensity and confusion of Jack's feelings and his typical need to "fix" things, which generally isn't the answer; Baldacci has apparently learned about himself and typical males in his own life. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
I was looking for a quick read and came across this. This book is totally what it is....a quick and clich̩d read.

Pretty much from the start you can predict how things are going to turn around, through every twist and turn, it follows the same theme we have seen with other books. It starts off with a tragedy, the entire family is broken apart and up rooted, there is conflicts and issues with coming to terms with the tragedy and people who think they are doing best for others but ultimately change their mind when a big emergency happens and eventually everyone comes to terms and live happily ever after.

Honestly, if you are looking for a quick beach read, this will suffice somewhat. It really doesn't dive too deeply into character development...aside from Jack being all angry and stubborn, the children being all emotional and the grandparents super over protective and doing more harm than good. Yep clich̩d characters and clich̩d plots. ( )
  Dream24 | Jan 6, 2016 |
Nice, loving book. Not so sweet your teeth hurt but a good story. ( )
  Jodeneg | Oct 23, 2015 |
Nice, loving book. Not so sweet your teeth hurt but a good story. ( )
  Jodeneg | Oct 23, 2015 |
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“Wish You Well” is arguably one of Baldacci’s best books, and he tries to recreate that experience with “One Summer.” Abandoning his usual thriller style is a bit of a gamble, and it will be interesting to watch whether readers will embrace or discard his latest book.
added by MikeBriggs | editIndian Express (Jun 17, 2011)
Baldacci’s muscle-bound style doesn’t do subtle: He is best at choreographing fight scenes, rescues and dire brushes with severe weather, all of which, thankfully, are here in abundance. Overall, though, the stilted language and trite sentimentalism are yawn-inducing.
added by Shortride | editKirkus Reviews (Apr 15, 2011)
Yes, it possesses all the subtlety of a dog fight, but it's also choked with pap ("No matter what you do, no matter how hard you fight, life sometimes just doesn't make sense") and so sappy you'd think Baldacci was earning a commission on each tear jerked.
added by Shortride | editPublishers Weekly (Feb 28, 2011)
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It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. Just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover in a miraculous turn of events. He rises from what should have been his deathbed, determined to bring his fractured family back together. Struggling to rebuild their lives after Lizzie's death, he reunites everyone at Lizzie's childhood home on the oceanfront in South Carolina. And there, over one unforgettable summer, Jack will begin to learn to love again, and he and his children will learn how to become a family once more
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Jack, terminally ill and preparing to say goodbye to his family, has a miraculous recovery after his wife is killed in a car accident and struggles to reunite his family at her childhood home on the South Carolina oceanfront.

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