It's a well-written book, to me, it's a very moving piece.
If you like Nicholas Sparks books you will like this. It is Christmas and Jack is near death. His wife goes out in a raging blizzard to get his pain medication and dies in a car accident, leaving Jack and his three children to cope. Enter her parents who get Jack into hospice care and the children parcelled out to family members. Jack lingers on and, miraculously, begins to get better and goes into complete remission from an unnamed condition that is only known to be fatal. He wants his children back, fights for them, and takes them, along with his buddy from the armed services, to his wife's childhood home on the ocean in South Carolina. Here the real story of recovery, rebuilding and reconnecting take place. Actually quite predictable, but still a story that keeps you reading. I wouldn't call this great literature but it is a good summer novel, which for some sensitive readers will require a tissue or twenty.
I gave this four stars because it was well-written and, I thought, written from the author's heart. Obviously from his comments at the beginning of the book, he felt compelled to write this and so it has to mean something. I think the main theme of this story is not to always believe what you are told, but to believe in what is beyond us--which is sometimes the impossible (according to what we are led to believe) and which is something none of us can explain. Perhaps it could be a strength outside ourselves that nurtures our soul within? which I am sure many of us have experienced at times. I think that is the message that has come through from this writer in this book. I like David B's books a lot and can only recommend them.
Just discovered this author - "One Summer". Now I'm looking for more of his books!
Was this book made into a movie? I swear I watched a movie just like this book but can't figure out what the movie was called.
The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.
A wonderful story about a father's eminent death and then a miracle happens. This was a very sad but heartwarming story of a man's "rebirth" and his struggle to accept things that happen in life and his relationship with his children. I think this is a departure from David Baldacci's usual genre but I loved it! I hightly recommend it. But don't start reading it on the "L" - spoiler alert - very sad in the beginning!
I am a fan of David Baldacci's thrillers, but I loved this book, although it is a total departure from his usual offerings. I found this beautifully and sensitively written. I read 2-3 books a week and often forget much of them very quickly, but this one touched my heart and stays memorable.
First Baldacci novel. Delightful story of family, dad recovering. all-American hero but well-written
The first book of his I've read and it was marvelous. Want to read them all.
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