Under a Summer Sky
By Nan Rossiter
(Kensington Publishing Corporation, Paperback, 9780758283917, April 2014, 352pp.)
The Short of It:
Faith, love and family in a gorgeous Cape Cod setting.
The Rest of It:
Laney Coleman and her minister husband Noah live in an old, beloved Cape Cod house with their five rambunctious boys. Their lives are full, but happy. With the two oldest boys heading out to college, this particular summer seems bittersweet. Her boys are growing up and when her youngest son is bullied, their lives take on a complexity that threatens to mar this perfect time. But as with most situations, faith and patience is what pulls Laney through and when she finds herself hosting her brother-in-law’s wedding, she decides to embrace the chaos.
If you haven’t read Rossiter’s books before, you are in for a real treat. This book can be read as a stand-alone novel but it builds on the characters introduced in her previous books. It’s really a culmination of all of her novels. It was nice to visit these characters again, given the heartache that some of them endured in the past.
This is one of those books that you reach for and then smile while reading. It’s a feel-good book. You know the type I am talking about. It contains characters that you care about, a gorgeous setting, food talk (think chowder and peach cobbler), and I can’t forget the furry, four-legged members of the family because Rossiter manages to work them into every book. But as pleasant as it is to read Rossiter’s books, I am always surprised as how she manages to weave in the heavier topics. Aging, health concerns, bullying and characters who question their faith are all included here and it’s what makes this family so real.
This is the perfect summer read because it offers up a lot more than just a sunny locale. It’s filled with feel-good moments but at the same time, really makes you think about the issues presented. Rossiter never fails to impress me. I don’t know how she does it! Her books are always a hit with me and I love how she writes about what she loves. She makes it all look so effortless. The inclusion of the some of the recipes featured is a big plus. I have already made the pasta sauce once and it’s about to be made again later this week.
I have suggested Rossiter’s books to more people than I can count so when she offered a copy for me to give away, well… I jumped at the opportunity. If you’d like a chance to win your own copy, check out the details below.
This giveaway is for one copy of Under a Summer Sky and is open to the US and Canada. One winner will be chosen randomly by me. The book will come directly from the author. Only one entry per person. Giveaway closes on June 6, 2014 (pacific). I will contact the winners for his/her mailing address.
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Source: Sent to me by the author.
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9 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: Under a Summer Sky”
Thanks for the review, sounds like a book I would like.
Oh my…sounds so good…I can’t wait to read this!
the world needs more feel good things…sounds like just the right book! kind of like jan karon’s Mitford books
Yes! I read one Mitford book and I agree. I just love how Rossiter weaves family, food and a gorgeous setting into a story we can all relate to in some way.
everyone needs a feel-good book once in a while.
And all of her books are like this. Even though some of them have sadder outcomes, the feeling overall is one of happiness and family and all that goes with it. She is one of those author’s that I can recommend with hesitation.
Sounds like a good summer choice and so different from your normal picks Ti:)
I know. I can’t bring myself to read chick lit EVER but this is definitely not that even with the light, summery cover. I do read about normal families every once in awhile. LOL.
I do love a summer read that has some depth.