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Summer Light: A  Novel

Summer Light: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Luanne Rice
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When it comes to love and family, the things you can’t see are what matter most of all.

Bestselling novelist Luanne Rice has inspired the devotion of readers everywhere with her “rare combination of realism and romance.”(The New York Times Book Review) Now she presents her most magical novel to date, an entrancing story of love at first sight, the true meaning of family, and angels right here on earth.

May Taylor works as a wedding planner, passing on the timeless traditions of her grandmother and mother. The Taylor women have always believed in the presence of magic in everyday life--especially the simple magic of true love and family. Yet May’s own faith in true love was shattered when she was abandoned by the father of her child. Still, she finds joy in raising her daughter Kylie, a very special five-year-old who sees and hears things that others cannot. . .

Martin Cartier is a professional hockey player and sports legend. His father, a champion, taught him to play to win--at all costs. Now Martin’s success veils a core of heartache, rage, and isolation. Yet Kylie glimpses the transcendent role Martin will play in May’s life and her own--unless his past tears their blossoming love apart. Then only Kylie will see the way home--and only May will be able to lead them there, if she can believe in magic once more.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553593196
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (27 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I have to say I enjoyed reading this, a good escapist romance but there wasn't enough drama during the course of the book hence the three star rating. There is a twist in the narrative which grabbed me from the first chapter but disappointingly it doesn't really develop that well.

A famous hockey player falls for a homely single mother. Their romance opens old wounds from his past and loss of his own child. It is a touchy subject which he doesn't like talking about. As the story progresses, he starts having trouble with his eyesight and fears that he is going blind.

Would recommend it if you are in the mood for a smooth, gentle romance, simple plot. A good summer read.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Novel 23 July 2001
By Sheri Melnick - Published on
May Taylor is a single mother and successful wedding planner, having inherited the business from her mother and grandmother. Kylie, her sensitive six -year-old daughter, has her worried, though, because Kylie seems to see and sense things that other people don't.
On a recent plane trip, Kylie sees an angel near a big giant of a man. When a fire on the plane forces the plane to make an emergency landing, Martin Cartier, the giant and star hockey player for the Boston Bruins, helps Kylie and May off the plane.
Attracted to May in a way that he can't explain, Martin begins driving down to Connecticut from Boston to see her. May is different from any of the women that Martin has known. She falls in love with him as a person, not merely the handsome rich hockey star.
Life is good for the Cartiers when Martin marries May, and Kylie, Martin, and May become a family. But events from Martin's past threaten to tear them apart even as the future shows signs of tribulations to come. Will their love be strong enough to keep them together amidst the trials of life?
Luanne Rice has written an extraordinary novel. Brimming with emotion, SUMMER LIGHT is a tender triumph showing how love can survive even under the most difficult of circumstances. And the touch of the paranormal adds an ethereal dimension to this read. SUMMER LIGHT will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you very glad that you read this novel.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Book! 17 Feb 2003
By Nancy R. Katz - Published on
Since 1988 I have been a loyal and avid reader of Luanne Rice�s books. While browsing at the library years ago I first came across Crazy in Love and today I always look forward to a new Luanne Rice book. That said I must now admit that Summer Light was one of Rice�s more disappointing books. Yes it did contain many of Rice�s themes I�ve come to enjoy which include the love of a couple for each other, the love of a parent for a child and relatives who disappoint us. But ultimately this book was not a satisfying read. And this may very well be the author�s concentration on angels communing with the dead and the author also delving into the world of extra sensory perception.
May is a wedding planner in Hubbard Point, Conn. and the single mother of a very unusual young girl Kaylie. After the death of her great grandmother and a traumatic event, Kaylie begins to see things before they happen and also talks to people who have died. Fearing for her daughter�s sanity, May seeks the help of paranormal experts who have few clues as to what is happening to Kaylie. On a flight home from an appointment in Canada with these experts, Kaylie asks a man to help save her mother and herself when the plane crashes. The man is a great hockey player, Martin Cartier, who has secrets of his own. These include the death of his young daughter a few years before, and his hatred for his father Serge, also a former hockey player, who is now in prison. This chance encounter between May, Martin and Kaylie and the subsequent plane crash which Kaylie predicted will have far reaching consequences which will lead to their association and the book progresses to another tragedy and a predictable conclusion.
Unfortunately for me this was a poor example of Luanne Rice�s plot and characters development. I never found myself either interested in these people or their situation. I do suggest reading some of Luanne Rice�s really good books like Blue Moon or Safe Harbor to see how good this author can present a book which leaves you yearning to read more by her. I�m sorry to say Summer Light just wasn�t one of them..
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heatwarming and Tender Tale 15 Sep 2001
By Judith E. Pavluvcik - Published on
Summer Light by Luanne Rice is a wonderfully heartwarming and touching story. This is definitely Rice at her best! It is romantic and sentimental, without being overbearing, with a touch of the mystical thrown in!
May Taylor is a single mother with a "gifted" daughter, who claims to speak with angels. While flying home to Connecticut, Kylie is warned of the impending aircraft danger by one of her angel friends, and seeks the aid of Martin Cartier to help her and her mother to safety. Not knowing why, Kylie knows that this man will somehow play a role in their lives. Cartier, a tough, kind, and greatly sought after bachelor, is a hockey player with the Boston Bruins. He pursues May until she agrees to marry him.
Rice once again weaves magic with her characters and one cannot help but fall right into their lives and into their emotions. Balancing issues of death, single parenthood, dual careers, scandal, parental issues, as well as hailing from two different countries, Rice brings home to her readers that any relationship requires commitment, work, dedication, honesty, and most of all love. I was endeared to this quote from the book, "That's what a married couple does . . .love each other through sickness and health, for richer, for poorer, in good times and bad. They love each other's children and try to honor each other's parents - even when the whole thing seems impossible."
Their marriage is tested, challenged and tested again and Rice's portrayal of a family ripped apart by the trials of life and past events is uncannily real. I could not put this latest bestseller down and was completely swept away and into the saga. I absolutely loved this book and Rice confirms once again, that only love is real. This is one book that will touch your heart and warm your soul - a definite keeper.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Luanne Rice lite 8 July 2001
By areaderinslc - Published on
This is a very good book, but again (as with Rice's recent Firefly Beach) it's more of a lite sampling of the character depth that Luanne Rice has delivered so consistently so many times in the past. It's an engaging, original story of single mom wedding planner May raising her magical daughter Kylie and marrying charismatic but troubled hockey star Martin Cartier. Martin deals with the earlier tragic death of his own young daughter, Natalie, by repression and denial and is mired in unforgiveness towards his convict father, himself a hockey legend, for contributing to Natalie's death and for perpetrating other family betrayals.
Rice weaves a fabric with many interesting threads - Kylie's magical prescience and angel friends, a wedding planner's enabling role in true love, the importance of childhood friends in the adult experience, the origin of sports rivalry in childhood disillusionments - but somehow the whole cloth of the book remains patchy, almost threadbare in spots. I never understood how Martin could be so closed-in emotionally for most of the story and still attract May, who overall impressed me with her own emotional maturity and self-awareness.
As with all her books, she uses a few gripping, almost gruesome scenes to advance character exposition and plot. This is absolutely where Rice shines in her latest two books. While extending such intensity would probably make for too painful a read, I find myself wishing something in the story had lasted longer or had been explored to greater depth. That said, even a less than top rated Luanne Rice book will provide much more reading satisfaction than most of the 5 star reads out there.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant drama 28 Jun 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
May Taylor, boarding the plane with her beloved six-year-old daughter Kylie, notices all the couples. May feels lonely in spite of her cherished daughter and she feels hurt because the child's father deserted them. Kylie begins talking with an angel that no one else can see. This frightens May who worries that her child is schizophrenic. However, that concern goes on the back burner when the plane makes an emergency landing. Hockey superstar Martin Cartier helps mother and daughter jump down the slide.
He wonders how Kylie knew trouble was coming because she had stopped to ask him to help her on her way back from the restroom. Kylie says that his daughter told her, but Martin knows his child is dead. Still Martin feels a bond with Kylie and an attraction to May, but his personal life is filled with tragedy and sadness while May has little faith in men and in her daughter's clairvoyant abilities. Only a loving child with the help of angels could turn this duo into a couple, but that may prove too big a mission.
SUMMER LIGHT is a fabulous relationship drama that uses the paranormal to focus on lonely people. The story line is beautiful as Martin and May struggle with attraction and love while worrying about Kylie's mental health. The paranormal not only feels real and right, it helps propel the plot and provide understanding to the lead trio. Fans of contemporary romance with a dash of the paranormal will find Luanne Rice's latest novel a poignant, interesting, and entertaining tale.

Harriet Klausner
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