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Summary

A moving story of love, second chances and the importance of family from the Number One International Bestseller.

When Jack Canfield is told he has a terminal illness and that he has weeks to live, his first concern is for his beloved wife, Lizzie, and children, baby Jack, Cory and rebellious teenager Mikki.

On Christmas Eve, when Lizzie comes home, Jack is devastated to see his neighbour, Bill Miller, kiss Lizzie on their driveway. Jack confronts her, she tries to explain he's got it all wrong, and distraught, she leaves the house into an ice storm - and a fatal collision with a truck. Overwhelmed with grief, and with his illness worsening Jack is taken into a hospice. The children move to the West Coast to live with various members of the family. But then a miracle happens. Jack begins to recover, and day by day he starts to heal. Confounding the doctors, Jack leaves the hospital without any evidence of the illness.

Unexpectedly the family inherits a beautiful old villa with a lighthouse on the beach in South Carolina. It was the house where Lizzie grew up and Jack feels an inexplicable closeness to her while he's there. Although his mother-in-law, Bonnie, has other ideas for their future, Jack knows that this is the chance he has to re-build his relationship with his kids. And as he struggles to reconnect with the children, he also has the chance to find love again, perhaps even with Lizzie's help.

©2010 David Baldacci (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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  • siobhan
  • wirral, United Kingdom
  • 21-11-11

tear jerker!

Loved every minute of this audiobook. Upset when it finished. storyline a bit far fetched at times . Would recommend this to anyone.

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  • Phillip
  • Johannesburg South Africa
  • 13-08-16

This love story so well written, a lovely change



David Baldacci is amazing all his books I have listed to are fantastic :) 

Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy are very talanted they make the Audio book worth listening to.

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Very good book

Very good story, enjoyed this immensely. Having two narrators was good. A it the was is too and it was good.

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A truly a moving portrait of devastated family.

Would you listen to One Summer again? Why?

A departure from Mr. Baldacci's normal book. A captivating book detailing to lives of a family after the unexpected death of the Mother and the Fathers being snatched from a certain death. The up, downs and challenges they face. One of the best books I have ever listened to. David Baldacci shows he is one of the best novelist for our time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Father - He strength demonstrated through drive to keep his family together!

Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

To listen to them working together is magical. They are truly masters of the spoken word.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The unexpected future!

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unexpected gem

What made the experience of listening to One Summer the most enjoyable?

I reluctantly purchased this book simply on the basis I was a Baldacci fan, and despite my misgivings about his seemly sentimental redirection. I was wrong this book is absolutely captivating. I was taken on a journey of love, loss, sadness, and joy, but written in such a way that it retained Baldacci's ability to keep us on the edge of our seats. it wasn't a straight line. It was a journey of many twists and turns holding surprises and shocks round every corner. This story although a work of fiction truly holds a powerful message which can be interpreted by the reader to fit their circumstance.

What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

They portrayed the characters with sincerity without falling into the trap of overacting a part. Their clear voices made listening a pleasure

Any additional comments?

I would have liked to have known the content of the last letter........

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Dreadful

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is possibly the worst book I've ever listened to. I gave up listening before the end.

What could David Baldacci have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not written it.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed.

Any additional comments?

Sentimental claptrap.

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  • Kim
  • 19-08-13

Another great Baldacci book

This story tugged at my heart strings the whole way through. It started from such a sad, unjust place but finished by lifting you up.

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  • Lorna
  • 25-07-13

Unexpected.. and beautiful

A really good storyline... Never believe what you see, you may be seeing what you want to see... Not what really is the truth!

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  • Pedro Oliveira Jr.
  • 04-06-12

David Baldacci in Nicholas Sparks' style

Where does One Summer rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

It was one of the greatest books in my Audible experience. It was kinda weird since it seemed a Nicholas Sparks book but it seems that Baldacci is a versatile author that can change from Grisham mode to Sparks mode.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a story about values and a very good one.

Which character ??? as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ??? was your favorite?

Michelle was a very good portrait of a teenage that had a good education. Sam provided some comic relief for the history

Who was the most memorable character of One Summer and why?

But definitely the most memorable character of One Sumer is Jack Armstrong and his letters

Any additional comments?

Very worth reading

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  • Christina
  • 13-03-12

Loyalty in love

Would you listen to One Summer again? Why?

Yes. This is a very touching story of how illness affects so many people and shows the motives and reactions of each one.

What other book might you compare One Summer to and why?

Jodi Picoult's - Plain Truth. Stories of misunderstanding and fighting to be recognised as having valid reactions to extreme situations.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Jack was left in the hospice then later the mother in law trying for the children again. Very moving and upsetting.

Any additional comments?

Found the male narrotator not so clear and didn't need two narrotators. I'd keep wondering if they were going to hit the cues at the right time!