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 good-bye 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 one another 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 begins to learn to love again, and he and his children learn how to become a family once more. (back cover of audio book)
Loved this book! David Baldacci's One Summer is a very special story! I found the family dynamics quite realistic and their struggles very heartfelt. Although I'm not sure medically about Jack's recovery, I believe medical miracles do happen. I was fully pulled into this story of a family that has its share of ups and downs, struggles and victories, distance and closeness, as well as discoveries of love past and present. The audio book was well read by its narrator; however it was hard for me at first to hear a female narrator used for just the female characters' speaking parts. Overall, One Summer by David Baldacci is a definite must read.