Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer's List

Summer's List 


by Anita Higman    

Contemporary Romance
Moody Publishing  

For a single girl in her 30s who longs to be married, it can be easy to feel a little lost when all your princes keep turning into frogs. Anita Higman details the twists and turns, triumphs and failures, in one young woman's search for love in her new book,Summer's List.

After breaking her engagement with a rising politician, Summer Snow is adrift in life and love. Again. Summer's wise grandmother---hoping to help her granddaughter---offers her a list of goals and adventures to fulfill, telling her that she must carry out the list with her long-lost childhood friend, Martin Langtree.

Some of the items on her grandmother's list are---take a hot air balloon ride, build a tree house, sing in public, find a treasure, befriend a dog, learn how to whistle, and kiss someone you love. Martin is happy to help Summer with the list, but unfortunately, his two younger brothers---who are addicted to the lavish lifestyle given to them by their older brother---will do anything to keep Martin from following through with the life-list and falling in love with Summer.

In the end, God helps Martin learn how to deal with his overindulged brothers, and the list of adventures helps Summer to find her true calling in life. She also discovers that her dearest childhood companion, Martin Langtree, who made the ideal friend when they were growing up, could now make the ideal husband.

My thoughts:  SUMMER’S LIST is the newest book by Ms. Higman. I wanted to like this book. A contemporary romance, a delightful sounding premise… and a summer read that is sure to be enjoyable… except it flopped, like a dying fish.

I noticed at first the dialogue is stiff and unnatural. Very formal at times. I thought at first it was how Summer talked with her senator boyfriend and it’d go away with everyone else, but it didn’t. Then the descriptions. . . for example, She dressed in a nice outfit—navy blue with a white vest.  Okay, I’m seeing kind of a reverse sailor outfit? But was it a skirt? Pants? Dress? I also felt that the characters were one dimensional. They were flat. And Martin’s brothers are just weird. Oh, and Martin… she just appears after twenty years and she knows exactly where to find him and they are instantly best buds?

I wanted to like this book. I have loved some of her others. But this one… no.  But don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself. There are plenty of others who liked it better than I did. 

2 stars.



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 Meet the Author
Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has forty books published. She's been a Barnes & Noble "Author of the Month" for Houston and has a BA in the combined fields of speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, traveling to exotic places like Australia, the Alps, and Newfoundland.

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1 comment:

mysteryhistorymom said...

I felt the same way about this book. I loved the grandmother and that was about it. Feel free to stop by and read my review. I truly enjoyed reading yours! Lori

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