Date Published: February 2013
One day, Callie Vanetta receives devastating news . . .She needs a liver transplant. But her doctors warn that, in her case, the chancesof finding a compatible donor aren’t good. Determined to spend whatever timeshe has left on her own terms, she keeps the diagnosis to herself and moves outto her late grandparents’ farm. She’s always wanted to live there. But the farmhasn’t been worked in years and she begins to fear it’s too much, she’ll have toreturn to town.One night, a stranger comes knocking at her door…He’s an attractive and mysterious drifter by the name of Levi McCloud whooffers to trade work for a few nights’ shelter. Callie figures she doesn’t haveanything to lose. He needs a place to stay until he can fix his motorcycle; sheneeds an extra pair of hands. The arrangement seems ideal until what wassupposed to be temporary starts to look more and more permanent. Then sherealizes she does have something to lose — her heart. And, although he doesn’tyet know it, Levi stands to lose even more.
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak is the author of more than forty-five books. A three-time Rita nominee, she has won many awards, including the National Reader’s Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Daphne, and the Holt Medallion. She also runs an annual on-line auction for diabetes research every May atwww.brendanovak.com (her youngest son has this disease). To date, she’s raised over $1.6 million. Come meet the long-time friends who have made Whiskey Creek the “Heart of Gold Country” with WHEN WE TOUCH, WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES, WHEN SNOW FALLS and WHEN SUMMER COMES.
From my Perspective:2013 must truly be my year to read great novels. When Summer Comes by Brenda Novak was just such a great book! I love a book that moves you and touches your very soul and this one did that for me. Our heroine, Callie, has non alcoholic fatty liver disease and is in need of a liver transplant. She is brave and selfless and facing the possibility of death on her terms. I certainly learned a lot about the disease process and by the end of the book, were I not already an organ donor, I would have run out and become one!! That is how compelling this read was for me.
I loved the characters and the circle of friends that grew up together in Whiskey Creek. Each one of them provided lasting and loving friendships. Each contributed to the support Callie would need in the near future. The drifter, Levi, was a strong alpha male outsider, who gave Callie something to focus on other than her own problems, and eventually gave her the passion she so desired to experience before her time ran out. He was not immediately welcomed into the circle of friends, but he eventually found a place amongst them. I liked his character so much as he seemed real to me. He was strong and protective, but a bit of a mess himself.....could he really say good-bye in her darkest hour?
The storyline was smooth and well thought out. There was tension between the renters down the road and Callie due to the renter's irresponsibility with their dangerous pit bulls. There was a power driven sheriff who wanted Levi out of town yesterday. There were secrets guarded by both Callie and Levi and secrets with the minor characters as well, and it all melded together depicting small town life and love, acceptance and forgiveness, trust and thanksgiving. It was a powerful story; I wish I had written it. And I am certainly thrilled to have had the opportunity to read and review it!
5 out of 5 winks! Peeps, it's a good one!
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