A Summer to Remember has a dreamy cover page portraying blooming flowers and an idyllic garden. But the book is not really goody-goody. No spoilers, but yes, it will end on a positive note as romance lovers expect.
Elliot Ross retired from the army and has been roaming from place to place in his truck. He does odd jobs and moves when he wants to. He hasn’t found a place worth putting down roots. Until he reaches Tallgrass, a small Oklahoma town. He has recently picked up a dog who is plenty of company. He runs into a woman he asks out, and the rest as they say, is history.
A Summer to Remember (A Tallgrass Novel)
Author: Marilyn Pappano
Series: A Tallgrass Novel (Book 6)
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Forever (June 28, 2016)
Fia or Sofia is a widow, an army wife. She is also suffering from a debilitating condition that makes her trip and fall without warning. Her friends, a group called margarita girls, take care of her. They are all very close knit and look out for each other. Fia meets Elliot and the attraction is mutual. But she hides her health concerns from him.
The story of A Summer to Remember is touching. Some aspects I wasn’t too crazy about was the characters talking to someone who’s not present. Sofia talks to her dead husband all the time, and Elliot talks to his sister, except she still lives and flourishes. Talking to oneself is natural, talking to a deceased loved one may be touching, but talking – in your mind – to someone who’s alive? That seemed odd to me.
The story follows a natural progression – they meet, they hit it off, they thrive, they fight and then they come together again. It’s the small bits and pieces in between that make this a new read. Elliot just glides into a new job at the local bakery, although he has never worked in the food industry before. Maybe his good looks pave the way?
Read A Summer to Remember, and be prepared to get emotional.