One Summer – David Baldacci


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.


I’ve looked at this one in the bookshop a few times and thought about buying it, got to the library (as I’ve been trying to more often, rather than spending money on too many books!) and it was in their Best Seller section, so I grabbed it.  Pleased I did, the $4.00 for the Best Seller fee, was probably a much more comparible price than the $20-30 for a brand new book!

It was a good read, but nothing startling.  I definitely enjoyed it and there were a couple of nights I was flicking forward to see what would happen when I was too tired to read much further, but I wouldn’t call it a fantastic read.  There is the reminder there about being “present” with the kids, something I’m trying to work on – so not a bad reminder!