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Summer Light: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Luanne Rice
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Few romance authors are able to portray the complex and contradictory emotions that bind family members as effortlessly as Rice (Firefly Beach, etc.), and in this enchanting, heartfelt tale, she showcases her considerable talent. Wedding planner May Taylor has suffered her share of life's blows. Both her parents died when she was young; her first love turned out to be married; and her six-year-old daughter, Kylie, claims to see angels. Nevertheless, May has managed to build a rewarding life for herself in Black Hall, Conn. When fate lands her on a plane with famed Boston Bruins hockey player Martin Cartier, she realizes how desperately she needs a soul mate and Kylie needs a father. The romance between May and Martin is swift but satisfying, and their lives seem almost perfect until Martin is forced to confront the ghosts of his past and the realization that he is going blind. Martin's blindness is symbolic of his lack of insight into his relationship with his father, Serge, a former hockey star who is serving hard time for gambling. Martin blames the older man for the accidental death of Martin's daughter, Natalie, and refuses to answer Serge's appeals. But the tragedy weighs heavily on Martin's conscience and, with May's guidance, he slowly learns to forgive and to have faith in those who love him. A warm and illuminating summer read, this poignant tale of love, loss and reconciliation will have readers hitting the bookstores on the way to the beaches. (July 3)Forecast: A national television and radio advertising campaign as well as print advertising in People, First for Women and USA Today will ensure that sales of Rice's newest will exceed its 75,000 initial print run. The book will also receive a boost from the television adaptation of Rice's Follow the Stars Home (which will air in May) and the May release of Firefly Beach (Forecasts, Apr. 16).

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Another fraught tale from Rice. Deserted by her father as a child, May works as a wedding planner and raises daughter Kylie, who can see and hear things others can't. This gift leads May to the love of her life, a seemingly smooth but ultimately enraged hockey player who really needs her help.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553593196
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (June 27 2006)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #208,141 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pulls at your heartstrings! May 10 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a light read for those who believe in family, love and hope. Luanne Rice captures all of this wonderfully well. She is a wonderful author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A keeper Jan. 8 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first time I've read anything by LuAnne Rice, but it definitely will not be my last.
I'm inspired by the way she draws the reader into the lives of these characters and you suddenly find yourself wrapped up in their emotions as if they were your own. I'm eager to see if she is consistent with her style and technique. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Has Me Hooked on This Author! July 15 2003
By Ginger
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was in my favorite bookstore a month or so ago and asked one of the employees for some help in introducing me to a new author. I was tired of reading the same old authors time and time again. She told me about Luanne Rice and reccomended that I read Summer Light. I bought the book and had it read within a few days time. I loved this book! I am now hooked on her books and have borrowed 5 of them from my mother!! It isn't often that an author can get me so hooked on a book that I don't want to clean house, cook, etc.!!
The plot in Summer Light has ups and downs just like real life does. The child in this story is fascinating and I am a true believer that we all have angels surrounding us. We just have to be open to it to believe. I would highly reccomend this book to anyone!! I can't wait to dive into the rest of Luanne Rice's books!!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good book July 1 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my first time reading Luanne Rice, and I must admit I wanted to read the book mostly for the hockey storyline. I was, unfortunately, very disappointed and couldn't even finish the book. The storyline was not believable. I had a hard time with May constantly staying after Martin to talk about Natalie and his father, and I couldn't figure out why she could not seem to understand why he was so upset with his father. I never got a sense of a great love between this couple either - there was nothing that made me really believe that they really were passionate about one another or had any "sparks" between them. I didn't really dislike either character, but they did not seem to fit one another. I also found some of the hockey aspects of the book to unbelievable - I won't get into details, but suffice it to say I wondered if there were any other players on the Bruins team or just Martin? The whole thing was just so sickly sweet that I couldn't stomach it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book May 3 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A Very Good Book. the right word's "Magical". It's very romantic. It not only teaches about believing in love but it also teaches the importance of family and forgiveness. This book touched my heart. I'd recommend it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Are you Serious? April 26 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I can't believe all the readers who find this an amazing read or get up early to finish reading this book! Yes, I stuck it out and finished the book, but to think this was one of the best books to read,YIKES. You really need to read a lot more if this is one of the best. It is sappy, boring, predictable and totally unbelievable. Yeah right, owls in a bridal shop. A hockey player who is so "in love", with a character like May. Really? Only in a silly story like this. Sorry, I just don't buy it. I'd rather read Cinderella again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a Jodi Picoult and just as fast... March 2 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked up *Summer Light* on Friday night for a weekend read and was finished by midnight on Saturday. Although I'm not a huge fan of professional sports or athletes, I fell in love with the pro hockey hero and his heroine, a single mom and wedding planner.
Martin Cartier is a 38-year old hockey professional with an axe to grind. His first wife left him and took his only daughter with her, and tragic events later led to his daughter Natalie's death. He plays every game as if he's seeking revenge against the person he holds responsible for Natalie, his father. When he meets an unusual 6-year old young girl named Kylie on a flight to Boston, everything changes. May Taylor, wedding planner for the Bridal Barn in small-town Massachusetts, never paid much attention to hockey, or any professional sport, for that matter. Her daughter, Kylie, experienced waking dreams and visions of people who have passed on to the next world. When she sees Martin on the plane, she also sees an angel, his daughter Natalie.
Kylie brings Martin and May together, who fall in love at first sight. Their marriage brings more than the three together, though, for Kylie sees that she needs to help Martin with another journey, one involving forgiveness and love, as he loses his sight. The book was so wonderful to read, but I'd definitely suggest a box of Kleenex. It was a total tear-jerker!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Book! Feb. 17 2003
Since 1988 I have been a loyal and avid reader of Luanne Rice´¿s books. While browsing at the library years ago I first came across Crazy in Love and today I always look forward to a new Luanne Rice book. That said I must now admit that Summer Light was one of Rice´¿s more disappointing books. Yes it did contain many of Rice´¿s themes I´¿ve come to enjoy which include the love of a couple for each other, the love of a parent for a child and relatives who disappoint us. But ultimately this book was not a satisfying read. And this may very well be the author´¿s concentration on angels communing with the dead and the author also delving into the world of extra sensory perception.
May is a wedding planner in Hubbard Point, Conn. and the single mother of a very unusual young girl Kaylie. After the death of her great grandmother and a traumatic event, Kaylie begins to see things before they happen and also talks to people who have died. Fearing for her daughter´¿s sanity, May seeks the help of paranormal experts who have few clues as to what is happening to Kaylie. On a flight home from an appointment in Canada with these experts, Kaylie asks a man to help save her mother and herself when the plane crashes. The man is a great hockey player, Martin Cartier, who has secrets of his own. These include the death of his young daughter a few years before, and his hatred for his father Serge, also a former hockey player, who is now in prison. This chance encounter between May, Martin and Kaylie and the subsequent plane crash which Kaylie predicted will have far reaching consequences which will lead to their association and the book progresses to another tragedy and a predictable conclusion.
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