Item description for Month of Summer (Blue Sky Hill V1) by Lisa Wingate...
Overview After years of resentment and estrangement, Rebecca Macklin is forced to return to Dallas when she discovers that her aging father has been roaming the city streets alone, while his wife, Hanna Beth, has landed in a nursing home.
Publishers Description First in a new series from a national bestselling author whose ?novels are] like those of Nicholas Sparks and Richard Paul Evans.?("Bryan-College Station Eagle") For Rebecca Macklin, an ordinary summer brings about an extraordinary change of heart when she discovers that her aging father has been wandering the Dallas streets alone, and his wife, Hanna Beth, has landed in a nursing home. Now Rebecca must put aside old resentments and return to her childhood home. In this moving story of separation and forgiveness, two women will unravel the betrayals of the past and discover the true meaning of family.
Citations And Professional Reviews Month of Summer (Blue Sky Hill V1) by Lisa Wingate has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 09/01/2008 page 57
Booklist - 06/01/2008 page 43
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Studio: NAL Trade
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.02" Width: 5.37" Height: 0.84" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2008
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Series Blue Sky Hills
Series Number 1
ISBN 0451224035 ISBN13 9780451224033
Availability 0 units.
More About Lisa Wingate
Lisa Wingate writes both Accent novels and contemporary romances for NAL. She lives with her husband and two sons in the central Texas hill country, where she is a popular inspirational speaker, writing instructor, and magazine columnist.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Month of Summer (Blue Sky Hill V1)?
Great Apr 17, 2010
Good, wonderful, great. What else can I say? She is an amazing writer. Having dealt with caretaking issues of older relatives myself, this book was a Godsend. More than anything, it reminded me that through difficulty come some of the treasures of life. There is always a place for hope, and this book nurtures that place. A beautiful story of family finding their way to one another. Not to be missed.
A Month of Summer Apr 15, 2010
If ya like real stories about real people you won't be sorry to buy this one it is a series I've read first two and enjoyed but don't stand up to Tending Roses series If ya wanna start reading LW start with Tending Roses series............
Really enjoy this author, but... Apr 6, 2010
The main character in this book drove me crazy with her indecisiveness and doubts. I know it wasn't her fault but arghhh! Besides that the book was really good and I look forward to reading more in this series. This author is very good at storytelling and I think everyone will enjoy this book along with others that she has written.
I couldn't put this down...it touched my heart Aug 25, 2009
Rebecca Macklin has it all, but feels a void whenever she thinks of her parents' divorce when she was twelve and the abandonment she felt with her father out of her life. She and her Mom moved to California, and she never wanted to return to Dallas in the past twenty five or so years. Her life is great except for a few nagging worries about her husband Kyle's interest in his clients and office staff. Her fairly settled world is sent spinning when the Dallas Police call and tell her they found her father wandering the streets in a disheveled state. Rebecca has known about her father's Alzheimer's, but had allowed herself to push it aside. Let his second family deal with the issue. Her step-mother is in a nursing home recovering from a stroke and social services will be called in unless family can make arrangements. Grudgingly, Rebecca travels back to Dallas for the first time since she left as a child. She is ill prepared to face the memories and is overwhelmed by the needs of her father, the feelings towards her father's second wife Hanna Beth, and her adult son, Teddy. As she struggles to make care arrangements, sort through the home she once loved, and to help Teddy, she faces the memories of her late mother and the feelings of betrayal. Spending time under the roof that had sheltered her as a child, she begins to understand that all may not have been as it seemed to twelve year old Rebecca. A Month of Summer travels the winding road of difficult decisions and the willingness to open a heart to new truths. The portrayal of Alzheimer's, stroke recovery and cognitive damage are facets of the character's life, not the characters, themselves. Anyone who lived in the Dallas area thirty years ago will recognize the look and feel of Dallas they remember.
Rebecca Macklin could be yet another in a series of "have it all, but life is empty" female characters that seem to populate books today. A busy attorney, who also runs a boutique, has an accomplished young daughter and successful attorney husband. Boo hoo, boo hoo. And the review could stop there. However.... within the pages of A Month of Summer, Lisa Wingate has deftly crafted a multigenerational tale of love, deception and the power of forgiveness and redemption. Just be careful not to start reading this book during a bath....or you'll find yourself all pruney because you don't want to stop long enough to get out and dry off....even if the hot water is all gone!
God Sent Book in Time of Being A Caregiver Myself Jul 4, 2009
This book is amazing, and it really changed my perspective and gave me healing and hope in my mind. We were taking care of my precious father in our home. After breaking a hip, he had gone blind, couldn't walk, his slight dementia had accelerated, he was in diapers. It was so hard for me to deal with. My daughter got this book from the library and I read it on a Wednesday night. Stayed up all night, could not put in down, cried as I read it because it spoke so clearly of so many of my own feelings. Dad was in hospice respite care for five days at this time. After reading the book, I felt a surge of new life in me on Thursday and worked so hard at preparing his house to bring him home from Hospice Respite on Friday morning. They called at before 7:00 a.m. on Friday and I thought they were calling to tell me what time to expect him home; but instead, they said when they made the rounds at 5:l5, he had passed away in his sleep. I was just shocked even though we knew death was imminent. I thought I would be better prepared, I wasn't. This book made all the difference in the world, and it is still helping me. If you are a caregiver or know someone who is, please read the book for yourself. It will give you understanding on this. I will be there for my friends in the future when they become caregivers or even for someone I don't know if they need help. It makes one see how precious and fragile life really is, and it makes us see what is important - love. Love is not tangible, it cannot be seen, does not have a price tag on it but it is so real and it last forever, it is priceless. This was my first read by this author, but I certainly plan on reading her other books and keeping up with her new ones.