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Summer Day by [Parker, Frank]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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About the Author

Former Engineer, Frank Parker, was born in Herefordshire near the border between England and Wales, the setting for Summer Day. He lives in the Midlands of Ireland with Freda, his wife since 1963.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 745 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZBK4UI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #856,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A wonderful glimpse into life in a closely knit farming community in post war Britain. For Henry, Bess the ageing sheepdog is more than just an old sheepdog, she is his best friend and constant companion. Bess and his love of books are the only things that have meaning in his solitary life and when his father decides to put Bess down, Henry acts without thought for the consequences.
Terrified of causing his father's death and with an overwhelming need to protect his best friend, Henry goes on the run, hiding in the countryside around his farm.
A lovely, poignant and well written story of love, loss, isolation and misunderstanding. Parker gives each family member a voice, expressing their individual fears and hopes and pulls the reader along in the haphazhard search for a little boy who doesn't want to be found.
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I received an ARC of Summer Day, and had the privilege of reading about Henry and his plight. I was immediately drawn in by the author's writing style, which for me, reads much like Henry James or Charles Dickens, with his attention to detail and his descriptive, lyrical method of writing. I also enjoyed the multiple points of view as a means of carrying the story forward. It is creative, and also keeps the reader interested and intrigued on what the next character's thoughts will be or what could possibly happen next. While reading about the small village and farm Henry stems from, I experienced a small taste of nostalgia as Henry's life on a dairy farm brought back memories of my childhood spent at my grandparents' dairy. Sweet memories, smells, and sounds that I had completely forgotten about until reminded of them. Overall, an interesting, heart felt read that leaves your heart yearning for poor Henry and his family to come together and overcome a devastating accident that turns their worlds upside down.
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Frank Parker leads us back to rural Herefordshire in 1947, a time when time moved slowly but remorselessly with the seasons and men and women walked on a treadmill of tending to their fields and animals to survive. The pace of life was slow, but unforgivingly laborious and repetitive, and the author avoids temptation to drift into poetic idealism about rustic bliss to the accompaniment of a lark rising. Life was about smells, dampness and mud for most of the time. Oh, and poverty and brutal living and working conditions for the farmers. Those days have largely past in the UK, though the conditions described perdure in the provinces across Europe and the rest of the world.

Without preamble, the author places the reader in the middle of a family drama, which despite the intensity of events shows how people communicated in few words, using rural accents that in those days were common to within fifteen miles of London. Despite their intense feelings, the characters are inhibited from discussing subjects that we chatter openly about these days, so the author relates their inner thoughts and frustrations.

The central protagonist is a boy who nowadays would be classified as suffering from learning difficulties, and although he has a deep intelligence he is an outcast who lives in a protective shell. Therefore he is not good at communicating or seeking help when he needs it most. His reaction in adversity is that of a wild animal - to flee, blaming himself for whatever happens, a fault which is as toxic as the cult of denial of responsibility that is so common nowadays.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Day. 21 Jun. 2013
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Henry will capture your heart in this book. Its a story that will bring home to you the importance of not jumping to conclusions. It is sad, funny and uplifting. Its a book not to be missed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Rural Read. Loved it! 5 April 2017
By randombadger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A wonderful glimpse into life in a closely knit farming community in post war Britain. For Henry, Bess the ageing sheepdog is more than just an old sheepdog, she is his best friend and constant companion. Bess and his love of books are the only things that have meaning in his solitary life and when his father decides to put Bess down, Henry acts without thought for the consequences.
Terrified of causing his father's death and with an overwhelming need to protect his best friend, Henry goes on the run, hiding in the countryside around his farm.
A lovely, poignant and well written story of love, loss, isolation and misunderstanding. Parker gives each family member a voice, expressing their individual fears and hopes and pulls the reader along in the haphazhard search for a little boy who doesn't want to be found.
5.0 out of 5 stars reads much like Henry James or Charles Dickens 20 Mar. 2017
By Katharine E. Pfeil - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received an ARC of Summer Day, and had the privilege of reading about Henry and his plight. I was immediately drawn in by the author's writing style, which for me, reads much like Henry James or Charles Dickens, with his attention to detail and his descriptive, lyrical method of writing. I also enjoyed the multiple points of view as a means of carrying the story forward. It is creative, and also keeps the reader interested and intrigued on what the next character's thoughts will be or what could possibly happen next. While reading about the small village and farm Henry stems from, I experienced a small taste of nostalgia as Henry's life on a dairy farm brought back memories of my childhood spent at my grandparents' dairy. Sweet memories, smells, and sounds that I had completely forgotten about until reminded of them. Overall, an interesting, heart felt read that leaves your heart yearning for poor Henry and his family to come together and overcome a devastating accident that turns their worlds upside down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read for a summer day or a winter evening 19 July 2013
By John - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
"Summer Day" is an excellent short novel, well worth reading. I never give a book more than about 5 pages to hook me -- this one accomplished that in under 3. Mr. Parker's smooth prose took me right into the heart of the English countryside for a post-World-War-II story that succeeded in making the mundane lives of a group of people in a small farming community seem gripping and powerful. I was reminded of the fiction of Wendell Berry as I read "Summer Day".

I got my copy from Smashwords, so this review may not show up as being from a "verified buyer" or whatever they call it, but this is a genuine review by a very satisfied reader!
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