Irene Hannon is a fabulous author! I have absolutely loved every book I’ve read by her and I am continually looking for the next one. With that said, That Certain Summer was not at the top of my to-be-read stack. I had no doubt that it would be a good book, but I was hesitant since the other books I’ve read of hers have all been suspense AND I had other books on my list that I really wanted to read. I ended up with That Certain Summer almost by chance. I had a coupon expiring that day and the book I went to the bookstore looking for was not in stock.
When I picked up the book to begin reading it (after having it home for a week or so), I noticed that this story would be told from four different perspectives. Sometimes that can be confusing, but Irene did an amazing job of building her characters and interweaving the story line in a way that leaves you feeling as if you’re right there with them and I had no trouble at all following each of them.
Irene tackled multiple important and difficult issues in this book from divorce to abortion, and becoming disabled to death. She seamlessly interweaves the issues each character is experiencing with the love, hope, forgiveness and grace we can find through Christ. And she gives us amazing examples of how we ought to respond and react as Christians in the midst of these types of scenarios.
I highly recommend this book and I know I won’t hesitate in the least to pick up her next contemporary novel. For now, I’m waiting in anticipation for Trapped, the second book in her Private Justice series that expected out next month!