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Overview The car accident that killed Abby Patterson's husband and daughter has left her with a limp and chronic pain. Still, Abby stikes out, determined to build a new life for herself away from her overbearing parents. Her perfect cottage home on the beach has one tiny irritant: Marsh Winslow, her landlord. But when Abby witnesses a hit-and-run accident and events make it clear that Abby is now a target, she and Marsh join forces to uncover a dangerous secret. Together they discover that God is in the business of putting broken lives back together so that they are more beautiful than ever.
Publishers Description The car accident that killed Abby Patterson's husband and daughter has left her with a limp and chronic pain. Still, Abby strikes out, determined to build a new life for herself away from her overbearing parents. Her perfect cottage home on the beach has one tiny irritant: Marsh Winslow, her landlord. But when Abby witnesses a hit-and-run accident and events make it clear that Abby is now a target, she and Marsh join forces to uncover a dangerous secret. Together they discover that God is in the business of putting broken lives back together so that they are more beautiful than ever.
Awards and Recognitions Summer Shadows (Seaside Seasons) by Gayle G. Roper has received the following awards and recognitions -
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.77" Width: 5.29" Height: 0.92" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2002
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Seaside Seasons
Series Number 2
ISBN 1576739694 ISBN13 9781576739693
Availability 0 units.
More About Gayle G. Roper
Gayle is the award winning author of more than forty books. She has been a Christy finalist three times for her novels Spring Rain, Summer Shadows, and Winter Winds.
Her novel Autumn Dreams won the prestigious Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance. Summer Shadows was voted the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Book of the Year (tied with fellow author Brandilyn Collins).
Gayle has won the Holt Medallion three times for The Decision, Caught in a Bind, and Autumn Dreams. The Decision won the Reviewers Choice Award, and Gayle has also won the Award of Excellence for Spring Rain and the Golden Quill for Summer Shadows and Winter Winds. Romantic Times Book Report gave Gayle the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Her Amhearst mystery series, Caught in the Middle, Caught in the Act, and Caught in a Bind, originally published by Zondervan, was reprinted in 2007 by Love Inspired Suspense with a fourth original title added, Caught Redhanded. Another original single title, See No Evil, was also released. Caught in the Middle has been optioned for film.
A Woman and her Emotions, an updated and expanded version of Gayle's title Balancing Your Emotions, also saw release in 2007. Gayle's other nonfiction title, Riding the Waves, has been called the "thinking woman's book on contentment".
2008 sees the release of Fatal Deduction (Waterbrook Multnomah) in May. Publishers Weekly states, "Roper's dialogue and character development are spot-on, which is no small feat, considering that Libby's world is peopled by everyone from elderly patricians to two-bit gangsters…This novel is a pleasure from start to finish."
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Reviews - What do customers think about Summer Shadows (Seaside Seasons)?
Another excellent book from Gayle Roper May 1, 2007
This book was so enjoyable and definitely gave the reader things to think about long after it was finished. Gayle has a real gift for letting us see the hearts of her characters and walk with them on their journey. This is a good read and one that will leave the reader with issues to ponder.
Grump Guys Aren't So Bad After All May 1, 2007
Summer Shadows, book two in the Seaside Seasons series sort of sneaks up on the reader. It seems a little slow to take off, but then the reader really starts caring about its characters. Abby Patterson survived a car accident that claimed the lives of her husband and her two year old daughter, and since the accident her well-wishing parents have been suffocating her. Now she's renting an apartment from Marsh Winslow, who seems to be very grouchy and touchy, but at least his cottage is on the ocean in Seaside, New Jersey. Then on her first day in town, she witnesses the hit-and-run of a young girl. The only problem is, due to the similarity of the accident that claimed herown child, she has amnesia and can't identify the driver. Unexpectedly, Marsh, of the bad temperment, and his huge beast of a dog, come to her assistance. when Abbey obviously becomes a target of the hit and run driver. The scene is riveting where the hit and run driver has chased Abbey into the ocean shooting at her and Marsh is shot trying to save her. Roper's use of flash backs to delve into the mind of a sociopath is chilling.
Hooked from beginning to end. Jan 22, 2007
Roper has the unique ability to meld romance, comedy, suspense, and a powerful Christian message into one book. In the summer beach side setting, Abby Patterson is able to overcome the shadows of her past and present disability to discover and fulfill God's wish for her life. As Abby's story unfolds so does the novel's theme- God is our strength when we are weak.
Can it get any hotter? Dec 15, 2006
Being from New Jersey originally and having spent many a summer day in Seaside there was a special draw for me in this book. Yet Gayle Roper was able to use that just as a setting. She creates characters that are so believable you feel as if you know them. The interactions between these characters rage from humorous to rage to fear and plenty of other emotions thrown in. I was particularly intrigued at how she used the over protectiveness Abby's parents drowned her in and became the catalyst for her move to Seaside becomes a thing of beauty in another's eyes. I loved watching arguments turn into lover's spats as two people who were determined to see as little of each other as possible end up wanting to see as much of each other as possible. Yet the road to romance is not without its bumps, and Abby seems to be surrounded by nothing but bumpy roads. If you like a little mystery in your romance and love a good plot, well-developed characters and a gripping story I highly recommend Roper's book to you.
SuMmEr'S sHaDoW's Apr 19, 2003
Overall, this was a decent book. Summer Shadows deals with family issues, overcoming health problems, religion, and even has a nice romantic twist (or two) intertwined in it. Characters are well developed so that, when reading about different problems that certain characters are faced with, the reader can almost see the whole situation in their mind thus, giving a better appreciation for scenes whether they are meant to be heart-wrenching or entertaining. There are also many different types of characters in this story. The selection ranges from a stubborn, independent woman to grouchy neighbors to overprotective parents (etc, etc, etc!!!) and each part is played very well. The main character of the story is Abby. She is in the process of breaking free of the chains (her parents) that have held her in bondage quite long enough, in her opinion. Her overly protective parents feel that Abby cannot survive at all without them there, guiding her every step of the way. These two opinions, being as opposite as they are, clash to a very strong degree when Abby moves to Seaside and in the end, does get her freedom, which she fights so hard for. While living in Seaside, Abby is the witness to a hit and run accident but afterwards suffers from some sort of amnesia and cannot remember the driver of the involved vehicle. The little girl that was hit brings back painful memories from Abby's past, which causes her even more grief over not remembering what has happened. As time goes on, Abby grows an interest in her landlord, Marsh, which cannot be ignored. Why ignore it though, when Marsh has the same feelings for her? These two very different people fall in love and help each other in many ways. The plot of this story is great, and the ending is almost as great, aside from that the revealing of a villain who should have been discovered at the end was given away too early in the story, thus leaving no big surprise at the end because the reader already knows who is to blame. Aside from that, the book has a strong, interesting ending that will keep readers intrigued up to the very last word. The epilogue is also enjoyable because it lets the reader know about everything that happens after the end. Leaving on a good note, readers are excited for the next book to be released.