Book Reviews of Summer's Child (Summer's Child, Bk 1)

Summer's Child (Summer's Child, Bk 1)
Summer's Child - Summer's Child, Bk 1
Author: Luanne Rice
ISBN-13: 9780553587623
ISBN-10: 0553587625
Publication Date: 5/31/2005
Pages: 432
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 322 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
The book starts slow, but picks up speed and is an absolute page turner!
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a great story with mystery, love, and the power of friendship. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the second book in this series.
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Helpful Score: 3
Summer Child is my first book by Luanne Rice. Really good, reminds me a little of Nora Roberts, who I love. A little mystery, a little romance. I was able to guess at some of the mystery part but wasen't really sure till the end. The ending was a little "cut off" for me, I felt it should've ended with more detail.
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Helpful Score: 2
Luanne Rice is an unbelievable writer! She draws you in to her characters' lives until you almost care about them as real people. Summer's Child is a prime example of this. Every mother can feel Lily's feelings about her little girl, Rose. It gives some insight into how women in abusive relationships feel.....how eventually they come out of the shell they buried themselves in. This story is beautiful! I loved it and can't wait to read the conclusion- Summer of Roses.
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Helpful Score: 2
Summer's Child was a good book to pass away the summer nights or a take to the beach book. Interesting characters and good mysterious plot.
If you are female and enjoy working with your hands, this book will also appeal to your creative side.
Also a good connection with the need for friendships. I do recommend reading!

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Helpful Score: 1
LOVED this book!!! Everyone should read this book. You will not be sorry that you did. You will not want to put it down until you finish it!
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I loved this book. It introduces the characters and the plot to Luanne Rice's bestselling "Summer of the Roses". Perfect summer/beach book filled with gorgeous descriptions, sensitive and honest characters,and a captivating plot. You'll want to continue to keep these characters with you as you finish this book and read "Summer of the Roses" next.
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Another great novel by Luanne Rice. This one makes for great summer reading!
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sweet, mystery, love story.
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On the first day of summer, Mara Jameson went out to water her garden-and was never seen again. Years after her disappearance, no one could forget the expectant mother whose glowing smile had captured the heart of everyone who'd known her : Mauve Jameson, still mourning the loss of a granddaughter she struggled to protect...Patrick Murphy, a dogged police dective obsessed with a vanished woman.and Lily Malone, drawn to the rugged beauty of the Nova Scotia coast and its promise of a new life. Here Lily hopes to raise her nine-year-old daughter Rose, far from the pain and loss of the past. Here she will meet a gifted scientist Liam Neill, whose life is on a similar trajectory from heartbreak to hope. And before the season is over, Lily will find the magic that exists in people we love the best.the everyday miracles that can make the extraordinary happen anywhere.
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This is a paper back,not a hardcover. I enjoy Luanne Rice books.
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Apowerful novel of a mystery, a love affair, and a bond that cannot be broken set in a seaside town where miracles are made. Good!
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Contemporary romantic mystery. Good
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Novel of mystery, a love affair and a bond that cannot be broken set in a seaside town where miracles are made. Very nice love sotry, good beach book.
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This is a powerful novel of a mystery, a love affair, and a bond that cannot be broken set in a seaside town where miracles are made.
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Two endearing women escape the ravages of abuse and find that love and support of likeminded women and good men can overcome the damage done. Once again Rice draws compelling chacters.
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Really good book! Goes along with Summer of Roses.
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Wonderful book!
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A great story of mystery, love, hope, and inspiration! Great read!
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A book that makes you think leaving you feeling good
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A powerful novel of a mystery, a love affair, and a bond that cannot be broken set in a seaside town where miracles are made...
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This is a powerful novel of a mystery, a love affair, and a bond that cannot be broken set in a seaside town where miracles are made.
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"...a powerful novel of a mystery, a love affair; and a bond that cannot be broken set in a seaside town where miracles are made..."

Love Luanne Rice's books. This is the first one, followed by Summer of Roses.
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fast moveing, great location, women helping each other
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This was another favorite of mine about a young woman who disappears to find new life. This is the first in a series of two.
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Novel that involves a mystery, a love affair and an unbreakable bond set ub a seaside town where miracles are made.
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This is book 1 of a 2 part story. "On the first day of summer, Mara Jameson went out to water her garden--and was never seen again. Years after her disappearance, no one could forget the expectant mother whose glowing smile had captured the heart of everyone who'd known her: Maeve Jameson, still mourning the loss of a granddaughter she had struggled to protect... Patrick Murphy, a dogged police detective obsessed with a vanished woman... and Lily Malone, drawn to the rugged beauty of the Nova Scotia coast and it's promise of a new life. Here Lily hopes to raise her 9 year old daughter Rose. far from the pain and loss of the past. Here she will meet a gifted scientist, Liam Neill, whose life is on a similar trajectory from hearthbreak to hope. And before the season is over, Lily will find the magic that exists in people we love the best... the everyday miracles that can make the extraordinary happen anywhere.
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Great story! 1st book in 2 book series. Goes with Summers Roses
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Two different women flee abusive martial situations to protect their children. One woman is tracked by a retired police detective, intent on finding out at long last what exactly became of her.

I found inconsistencies in the writing made for an unbelievable storyline at times. It's a decent enough story for a beach or vacation read.
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Lu Anne Rice's beach series of books are second to none. I have loved every one I h ave read this one is no acception.
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i really enjoyed this book. Suspense and romance.
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excelent book
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On the first day of Summer, Mara Jameson went out to water her garden - and was never seen again. You'll meet Maeve Jameson, still mourning the loss of a granddaughter she had struggled to protect, Patrick Murphy, a dogged police detective obsessed with a vanished woman - and Lilly Malone, drawn to the rugged beauty of the Nova Scotia coast and its promise of a new life.
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From Luanne Rice, the celebrated author of Beach Girls and many other New York Times bestsellers, comes this powerful novel of a mystery, a love affair, and a bond that cannot be broken set in a seaside town where miracles are made...

On the first day of summer, Mara Jameson went out to water her gardenand was never seen again. Years after her disappearance, no one could forget the expectant mother whose glowing smile had captured the heart of everyone whod known her: Maeve Jameson, still mourning the loss of a granddaughter she had struggled to protectPatrick Murphy, a dogged police detective obsessed with a vanished womanand Lily Malone, drawn to the rugged beauty of the Nova Scotia coast and its promise of a new life.

Here Lily hopes to raise her nine-year-old daughter, Rose, far from the pain and loss of the past. Here she will meet a gifted scientist, Liam Neill, whose life is on a similar trajectory from heartbreak to hope. And before the season is over, Lily will find the magic that exists in people we love the bestthe everyday miracles that can make the extraordinary happen anywhere.
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This story is one of those hard-to-put-down books. I believe it was the best one Rice has written yet, and I am looking forward to reading the sequel Summer of Roses.

Jessica Taylor, and Rose Malone were the very best of friends. They had a lot in common as did both of their mothers, Marisa Taylor, and Lily Malone. Both families were hiding from dangerous husbands, escaping to Nova Scotia where they hoped to never be found.

Jessica was a healthy 9-year old girl, while Rose always had many heart defects, and went to the hospital often for surgeries. In the book, she was to have one final heart operation to finally repair all the damage to her heart and would last her many years.

On the other side of the coin though is still mourning the loss of her grandchild Mara. She went to water the garden one day, and then was never seen again afterwords. And at the time she was expecting a child. Patrick Murphy, a retired police detective was obsessed with finding out the real truth of the matter, and could not let it rest until he knew the answers.

Lily Malone also meets a scientist in the story, Liam Neill, who is more supportive toward her and her daughter's needs then any man has ever been. Especially Ted, her abusive first husband. He sticks by Lily through the whole time Rose has her surgeries, and the two may have hopes of starting a new life yet. Before this happens though, other events take place. Ted, the abusive husband is on to them, and will have to be stopped before causing some serious trouble in both Lily's and Marisa's lives.
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Another heartwarming book by Luanne Rice.
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I'm looking forward to reading the sequal "Summer of Roses"
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I enjoyed this book. I am a big Luanne Rice fan.
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Very good story!
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Loved it! I am a huge Luanne Rice Fan. The sequel came out soon after and I have it in hard cover too... if you want to swap for it let me know and we can make arrangements.
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i loved the characters in ths book and look forward to reading more about them.
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At the time, it was the biggest story in the state. Every newspaper covered it on the front page. Her face was as well known as the governor's--and much more beloved. The excitement in her blue eyes, the enormous smile, the simmer--yes, that's what it was--the way she positively simmered with life, radiated goodness. She looked like everyone's favorite sister, best friend, and girl next door, all rolled into one.

The fact that she was pregnant when she disappeared gave the story an extra, terrible jolt...(Prologue)
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Good story
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On the first day of summer,Mara Jamenson went out to water her garden--and was never seen again.
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Excellent book by a wonderful writer, Luanne Rice! Mara Jameson disappeared many years ago and the police detective who searched for her has never given up the search. There is a surprise ending to this book that is awesome!
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a great combo love, mystery with a suprise at the end a good read
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A Connecticut town and a small "whaling" village in Nova Scotia are combined with a good story about a mother, her daughter and the trials of this one summer.
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Excellent!!!
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Resonant and beautifully written, this novel offers a lyrical meditation on healing, a setting as soft and colorful as beach glass and a story that's both suspenseful and tender. Lily Malone and her daughter, Rose, have built a happy life in Cape Hawk, Nova Scotia, despite the ever-present fear that the abusive husband Lily has fled will find them. Old memories surface as Rose becomes friends with a girl whose wary mom is hiding a similar past. When Rose's congenital heart defect forces her to undergo open-heart surgery, Lily also faces her conflicting feelings for marine biologist Liam Neill, whose unflinching support she has been too emotionally scarred to accept. Ultimately, Liam's love and Rose's recovery give her the strength to confront her longing for the pastand the loved oneshe has left behind. Rice (Dance with Me) excels at weaving the familiar staples of popular fiction into storytelling gold; her talent for portraying both children at risk and good men scarred by circumstance also dazzles. Above all, this bookone of Rice's best in recent yearsdepicts the magical endurance of love with the sensitivity and realism for which she's known.
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I have enjoyed all Luanne Rice's book. This one is no exception. Although while reading this it was familar! I might have read it before. Picked a good book twice!!
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Great Author, lookinh forward to the next one.
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Novel about a mystery, a love affair, and a bond that cannot be broken; set in a seaside town where miracles are made.
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I LOVED THIS BOOK! and can't wait to get my hands on it's sequel.

Two Thumbs Up!
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This is another good book by Rice, however, I was not pleased with the ending. I hope there will be more to this story in the future.
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heartache of family/romance
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Excellent book.....loved it!
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Lovely story, quick read
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Pregnant woman disappears from her garden. Her mother and detective re-live the day every year on anniversary. Enjoyed very much.
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This was a very good book. It's the first time I read this author and would definitely read more of her books. There is a follow up book to this one that is just out in hard back.
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Not one of her better books. but ok.
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Another winner from Luanne Rice, very heartwarming story
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Was the first Luanne Rice book I had read, was disappointed with the ending as it left you hanging but look forward to reading the follow up book to it.
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This has been on my TBR list for a long time and I finally decided to read it next--should've read it a long time ago, one of the best books I've read in a long time that is heartwarming and loving without crime or sex all the way through, just about a little girl with a heart defect and her mother that are hiding from the father and the way they have survived for the years of the little girl's life and so much more to the story, very good book!!
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First book I have read by her. A good read.
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Great book about family, love, and some mystery.
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On the first day of summer, Mara Jameson went out to water her garden--and was never seen again. Years after her disappearance, no one could forget the expectant mother whose glowing smile had captured the heart of everyone who'd known her. Could Lily Malone be the missing woman?
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On the first day of summer, Mara Jameson went out to water her garden....and was never seen again. Years after her disappearance, no one could forget the expectant mother whose glowing smile had captured the heart of everyone who'd known her: Maeve Jameson, still mourning the loss of a granddaughter she had struggled to protect...Patrick Murphy, a dogged police detective obsessed with a vanished woman...and Lily Malone, drawn to the rugged beauty of the Nova Scotia coast and its promise of a new life. Excellent read -
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very good
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Loved it.
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Both mystery and love story, "Summer's Child" will meet an enchanting child and her brave mother, who will give up everything to keep her safe.
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haven't read many of this author but, truly enyoed this triology
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Good summer read.
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I really liked this book.
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very good
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Awww, good read~
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really good read
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A great book
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Another good story by Luanne Rice
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THERE'S A PLACE IN OUR HEARTS RESERVED FOR MIRACLES.....

From Luanne Rice, the celebrated author of Beach Girls and many other New york Times bestsellers,comes this powerful novel of a mystery, a love affair, and a bond that cannot be broken set in a seaside town where miracles are made...

On the first day of summer, Mara Jameson went out to water her garden - and was never seen again. Years after her disappearance, no one could forget the expectant mother whose glowing smile had captured the heart of everyone who'd known her.