Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer's List by Anita Higman

Summer’s ListSummer Snow's (think about that name for a second) young life has been shaped by selflessness.
First she gave up dreams of college to care for her parents who had been injured in an accident, then when her grandmother retired Summer willingly took over the small children's bookstore that had been her grandmother's dream.  Despite being a delightful place, the bookstore barely eeks out a living, and it certainly isn't the social spot for twenty and thirty somethings.  But Summer has never complained about her circumstances. Summer's grandmother, who has just found out her heart condition has worsened, realizes that Summer has become too complacent in her tiny life and she intends to push Summer "out of the nest" before it is too late.  Granny creates an odd list of things she wants Summer to do before the elder woman's death, and naturally, Summer cannot refuse.

First on the list is a request to find Martin, who as a young boy had been Summer's constant companion.  When his mother had died, Martin had been adopted and then left the neighborhood.  Granny is sure that the smart, but quirky boy has become a man who would see Summer's merits, and she hopes Martin will aide Summer in completing her list.

Everything I've described so far sounds like the preparation for a light hearted romance, perhaps laced with a little self discovery.  That there is a small chihuahua who takes a prominent role makes the likelihood of a fluffy story even more likely.  But Anita Higman's newest novel can't be easily pegged.  Yes, there is a summer romance; yes, Summer does experience some awakening; and yes, the dog adds a fun element.  Martin's story isn't as easily explained.  He's a little odd and brings with him a complicated family story and two brothers who seem to be as cruel and empty of love as ever witnessed.  While I expected a realistic contemporary romance, what I got had almost the element of a magical fairy tale - one in which we see why the "wicked step brothers" are wicked, and where love changes all.

I received a copy of Summer's List from LitFuse for my honest review.

Here is a link to more information about Anita Higman and her newest novel, including more reviews by readers.


Anita Higman is a CBA bestselling and award-winning author with 40 books published, several of which she co-authored. She is a two-time finalist for a Selah Award and has won a Cascade Award and an Inspirational Readers Choice Award for 2011 and 2013. She’s also been honored in the past as a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston. 
Higman has a BA degree in the combined fields of speech communication, psychology and art from Southern Nazarene University. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Writer’s View.
Higman has also won two awards for her contribution to literacy and has raised thousands of dollars for that cause while serving on the board of directors of Literacy Advance of Houston. She has been married to her husband for 35 years.

Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

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