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One Summer

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One Summer

From #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci comes a moving family drama about learning to love again after heartbreak and loss.

It’s almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. Just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover in a miraculous turn of events. He rises from what should have been his deathbed, determined to bring his fractured family back together. Struggling to rebuild their lives after Lizzie’s death, he reunites everyone at Lizzie’s childhood home on the oceanfront in South Carolina. And there, over one unforgettable summer, Jack will begin to learn to love again, and he and his children will learn how to become a family once more.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci comes a moving family drama about learning to love again after heartbreak and loss.

It’s almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. Just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover in a miraculous turn of events. He rises from what should have been his deathbed, determined to bring his fractured family back together. Struggling to rebuild their lives after Lizzie’s death, he reunites everyone at Lizzie’s childhood home on the oceanfront in South Carolina. And there, over one unforgettable summer, Jack will begin to learn to love again, and he and his children will learn how to become a family once more.

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  • David Baldacci is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of both adult and young adult novels. He published a novella for the Dutch entitled Office Hours, written for Holland's year 2000 "Month of the Thriller" and authored a short story, "The Mighty Johns," as part of a mystery anthology published in 2002. His works have been in numerous magazines, newspapers, journals, and publications worldwide. He has authored seven original screenplays, and his books have been translated into more than forty-five languages and sold in more than eighty countries. All of his books have been national and international bestsellers. Over one hundred million copies of his books are in print worldwide. He and his wife also founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at WishYouWellFoundation.org, and to look into its program to spread books across America at FeedingBodyandMind.com. He lives with his family in Virginia.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 28, 2011
    Legal thriller fixture Baldacci (Deliver Us from Evil) churns out a creaky, contrived family drama about Jack Armstrong, a terminally ill family man just praying to make it to Christmas. Sadness abounds, much more so when Jack's wife, Lizzie, is killed in a car wreck while on a medicine run. Plans are made by Jack's mean mother-in-law Bonnie: the three kids will get divided up among aunts and uncles across the country, and Jack will be put into hospice. Miraculously, Jack's health turns around, and he's able to reclaim his kids and move the brood from Ohio to the South Carolina shore where Lizzie grew up. There, he tries to reassemble the family and learn how to be a single parent, and just as they're beginning to settle into a functional family again, Bonnie sues for custody of the kids. Yes, it possesses all the subtlety of a dog fight, but it's also choked with pap ("No matter what you do, no matter how hard you fight, life sometimes just doesn't make sense") and so sappy you'd think Baldacci was earning a commission on each tear jerked.

  • AudioFile Magazine Jack is terminally ill, ready to say good-bye to his family, when his wife dies in a car accident. Jack recovers his health, keeps the family together, and builds a new life. Ron McLarty performs with a slightly gruff voice, full of diverse accents and the emotions of a man who is coming to terms with life and his own survival. Orlagh Cassidy portrays the female characters in sultry tones as they support the men in their lives. Both narrators draw listeners into a story of love, family, and hope with seamless interchanges of dialogue. As Jack renovates the family home and lighthouse, the family pulls together. Together, McLarty and Cassidy set the cornerstone of this loving home. M.B.K. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
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