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Summer Light: A  Novel by [Rice, Luanne]
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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.

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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.
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1046 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #385,095 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of Luanne Rice's best. If you have never read Rice before, or tried to read her before,(say, Cloud Nine-Dream Country) but couldn't, "Summer Light" is a very fast paced novel and better than her previous works. I had to force myself to put it down. I don't always like to finish a novel in one sitting, but I could have with this.
There were several times when I was near tears, which doesn't always happen when I read romances.
The themes of forgiveness, miracles, and lots of medical terminology running through this novel, as one of the main characters, Hockey player, Martin Cartier, is going blind--very sad and tragic, as he tries to wield a hockey puck but can't see. Martin Cartier needs a miracle, and he just might have found it in his love interest, May Taylor, and her "psychic" daughter, 6-year-old, Kylie.
Luanne Rice is a very emotional writer, more emotional than intellectual. The writing isn't as thought-provoking as it is emotion-feeling provoking. But this is what most romance readers want: writing that makes you feel, rather than think. Although, out of all the romance writers, Luanne Rice (along with Barbara Delinsky and Nicholas Sparks) is the most intelligent and realistic.
If you liked Barbara Delinskys "Lake News" or Nicholas Sparks "A Walk to Remember" then you would like "Summer Light".
So, on to Luanne Rice's "Firefly Beach", as I am looking forward to reading a lot more by this author.
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By A Customer on July 30 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having started by reading Rice's Cloud Nine, which I thought was very good, I have become more and more disappointed, first by Dream Country, then by Summer Light. The leap to fantasy (angels, angel dust, etc.) I could make, but unrealistic details I could not overlook.
Where is there a high-security prison in which an inmate is able to converse with a young boy standing outside the fence? At one point the boy even touches the inmate's shoe!! And this child has apparently arrived at the prison on foot. I don't know about the rest of you, but the high-security prisons I'm aware of aren't in quite such friendly neighborhoods.
I was also bothered by Rice repeatedly casting the Stanley Cup finals in May. I don't follow hockey but I know I'm still hearing news about the game in June.
These inconsistencies create such a feeling of unease that it's impossible to accept the "truth" of the rest of the story. Very disappointing. Surely the last of hers that I will try.
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