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Book Review: ONE MORE SUMMER by Liz Flaherty

January8

I come from a family of voracious readers. I started reading at age four, thanks to my sisters who were both in school. They played “school” after school each day and I was their student, so learning to read early was the natural result of that. Also, Mom read aloud to us constantly and was a big reader herself. Honestly, only my sister PJ rivals Mom’s ability to be so completely absorbed in a book that she can read anywhere, anytime, while anything at all is going on around her. I once saw PJ read a book in the middle of a chaotic, crowded airport with Kate and I on either side of her having a conversation over the top of her head. So enraptured was she by the novel she held in her hands that she may as well have been all alone on an island somewhere. That’s concentration, my friends.

I can get caught up like that, too, but between editing for a living and writing, it happens less frequently now. But, it happened this weekend. Yesterday morning , I started reading Liz Flaherty’s ONE MORE SUMMER on my Kindle and I read pretty much all day. I just finished it this morning and it was a rapturous read! Not simply a romance novel, it was also the story of friendship, family connection, and moving beyond the past to embrace the present.

Grace Elliot’s father has finally died and at 33, she’s left with a big house, not much money, and the memory of her father’s constant reminders of how she’d never be good enough. She opens a rooming house and ends up sharing her home with a fascinating array of characters, including an aging former soap opera star, a sweet old man who’s heart is as big as the moon, her best friend from childhood who’s struggling with cancer, and her brother’s best friend, Dillon. A writer, who is haunted by his own memories, Dillon moves into Grace’s guest house and Grace discovers that her high-school crush on him hasn’t abated in all the years they’ve been apart. He’s ready to make amends for standing her up at her prom, but first he has to get past all Liz’s baggage, as well as some of his own.

Flaherty’s story carries you right to the small town of Peacock Tennessee and into the hearts and lives of these rich and absorbing characters. You laugh with them, cry with them, and cheer for them to overcome their obstacles. Honestly, I haven’t cried out loud at a book in ages, but ONE MORE SUMMER is a moving and emotional read. I dare anyone to read it without tearing up at Grace’s pain and struggles, as well as her joys.

Liz Flaherty is a great writer–she challenges me to be a better writer myself. I want my books to affect readers as hers has affected me. One day, maybe…

7 Comments to

“Book Review: ONE MORE SUMMER by Liz Flaherty”

  1. Avatar January 8th, 2012 at 12:17 pm Susan Courtney Says:

    *like*


  2. Avatar January 8th, 2012 at 12:47 pm Liz Flaherty Says:

    Thank you so much!


  3. Avatar January 8th, 2012 at 11:20 pm robena grant Says:

    I haven’t read this one, Nan. I’ll put it on my list. Thank you.


  4. Avatar January 9th, 2012 at 9:22 am londonmabel Says:

    When I read great writing, or watch a show with great writing, I get a mixture of pleasure and “argh wtf waaaaah!!!” because I want to be that good. Sort of intimidating AND inspiring at the same time.


  5. Avatar January 9th, 2012 at 3:01 pm Betty Fokker Says:

    Well, now I want to read it (like i have the TIME)! I blame you for this Nan!


  6. Avatar January 9th, 2012 at 8:02 pm Karen (Betty Bear) Says:

    Thank you for a great read! I’ve been mostly out of commission due to a bad back (again) and a cold (again) for the past couple of days and needed a good read. I cried. It was really good.


  7. Avatar January 9th, 2012 at 10:23 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, everyone!
    @Fokker–you DO want to read it–it is a fabulous book!

    @Betty Bear–so glad the recommendation brought you joy while you’ve been feeling poorly.

    @Liz—the pleasure is entirely mine!


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