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One Summer by [Baldacci, David]
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"One Summer is a beautifully written story about family, redemption and hope. Baldacci demonstrates why, regardless of genre, he's one of the world's foremost storytellers."--Richard Paul Evans, #1 bestselling author of "The Walk" and "The Christmas Box"

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'One Summer is a beautifully written story about family, redemption and hope. Baldacci demonstrates why, regardless of genre, he's one of the world's foremost storytellers.' (Richard Paul Evans, bestselling author of The Walk and The Christmas Box)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2758 KB
  • Print Length: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (5 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BOHZY4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 142 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,820 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I struggled through the first quarter of this book in the hope that something, anything, believable would happen. What did happen was complete and utter tosh, from the stroppy teenage daughter (beautiful and talented, of course), to the miraculous recovery from a deathbed and the cringingly awful love letters written on said deathbed (yawn, yawn). I don't read books which contain this kind of silly, sentimental rubbish and certainly will not be reading the rest of the book as I can see from other disappointed reviewers that this theme runs entirely from beginning to end of the book. Shame on you, Mr Baldacci, for thinking that this ridiculous story would appeal to your loyal fans.
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Jack Armstrong is a former army ranger married to his other half...a marriage meant to be, made in heaven. Then he comes down with an unnamed fatal illness which will leave his wife and 3 children alone.
David Baldacci completes an artful and accurate description of what illness does to the whole family. The story is told from Jack's viewpoint..."he couldn't make it upstairs to his bedroom...It was another piece of his life taken from him, like he was being dismantled, brick by brick. ". The story is heart rendering and oh so true in its description of its` characters, in the thoughts of Jack, the actions of his wife and his teenage daughter. The two younger sons really do not have much depth in their part, but that does not hamper the story.

The family suffers another horrendous tragedy and blow after blow. Jack has to struggle to rebuild his life, his emotions and most of all his family. The bulk of the story takes place at his wife's family beach house, where we see a family struggling with the anger, the angst of the setbacks they are dealt.

This is a heart wrenching story, but also one that proves the power of love and determination and yes of miracles. It is for romantics and those who search for what life is all about, what people can do and learn and how they can change their lives. It shows the mistakes and tenderness that we all need to see and would find absorbing to read about. This is a book, a good story with all the interesting plot twists and turns of a mesmerizing summer read....Sometimes life doesn't work out and then maybe it does.
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This book had been recommended at various bookstores, so I was hoping for more from the story and the writer.

I have never read a David Baldacci novel before, but I understand that he mostly writes action type thrillers. Well that comes through in One Summer, the way it's written, the pace -it's like he's desperately trying a new genre but can't stray too far from the nest.

As one reviewer has already suggested, the storyline feels artificial. Perhaps it's because each chapter is only about four pages long, so the story keeps jumping from one scene to the next. This book reads as if it was written to be a film.
It is also somewhat predictable in it's storyline, perhaps not so much if you don't read the jacket first (if you do, you might as well not bother reading the actual book as there's little else to the story).

I was hoping for more evocative descriptions of summer in South Carolina and some insight into the more unusual issues that might split and unite a family. Now that could have made it a good summer read! Sadly, this book just never really delivered.
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First things first, I`m a great fan of David Baldacci and have actually now read all his books (except the brand new one that`s just come out). He generally writes gripping, taut, exciting thrillers with realistic, interesting and dynamic characters. This in a way makes this particular book One Summer even worse, as if I knew it was an author or genre I didn`t like I would have avoided it like the plague, but as it was from the pen of Mr Baldacci I somehow expected it was going to be a good book, even if it wasn`t his usual type of novel.

Put briefly, (DON`T READ THIS IF YOU DON`T WANT TO KNOW THE STORY/ PLOT) a man on his death bed somehow makes a miraculous recovery from a terminal illness (it`s never satisfactorily explained how) whilst his fit and healthy wife is killed in a car crash when she went out in bad weather to get his medicines for him. He then gets fit, takes his children away for a summer to a place which had special memories for his wife, gets embroiled in several fights with the residents, loses his children in a custody battle then gets them back again, fixes a lighthouse light that hasn`t worked for 20 years (as you do), saves his daughter from drowning at sea during a hurricane despite his weakened body. Whilst his daughter and her boyfriend who are miraculously both great musicians enter a talent contest, then our hero goes on to marry the daughter`s boyfriend`s mother . Quite. Oh, and all the time he draws comfort from letters he had written for his wife to read .

I`m sorry, but this is all unbelievable nonsense. Not recommended
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Hadn't read a Baldacci book before so thought for 99p even if it's not good I've only wasted a £1....I've wasted a £1. A "story" by numbers, stereotypical characters, awful plot, cringe-worthy dialogue....you get the picture.
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