One Summer by David Baldacci

If I had read the jacket before just blindly exclaiming, “A Baldacci book I haven’t read!!!!”, I probably wouldn’t have read this book.  It’s about a man who is dying at Christmas.  He’s suffered long enough with a rare disease, and is just holding on to give his family one last Christmas together.  Shockingly, his wife is killed in a traffic accident, and with no one to care for their 3 children, they are dispersed to family members.  Even more shockingly, he begins to recover from this fatal illness to the point of being able to reclaim his children and begin a new life.  The whole family is working to find their feet from loss, change, and starting again.  When betrayal follows him, it seems as if everything he has struggled to regain will be lost anyway.  This book was almost like a dream, from nightmare to nightmare to dream to dream and back to nightmare, with that dreamy, surreal quality.  I enjoyed the interwoven subplots.  I wouldn’t have read it, but I liked the book.


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