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

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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.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
As a wedding planner May Taylor sees happy betrothed couples daily. However, that kind of happiness has evaded her. She once thought she had that kind of lasting love only to find, after telling her boyfriend she was pregnant with their child, that he was already married. May has spent the ensuing six years dealing with her business and caring for her daughter, Kylie.
Kylie is being studied by psychologists after she has experienced strange visions, one of which occurs while she and her mother are flying home from one of her psychologist visits. She tells Boston Bruins hockey star Martin Cartier, sitting ahead of them in first class, to help her and her mom. Martin has no idea what Kylie means but when the airplane crash lands, he rushes to assist Kylie and May.
Martin Cartier is the star right wing for the Boston Bruins. Known as the Gold Sledgehammer, he has his share of female admirers and has even dated a few. But they were nothing more than a classy accessory to him. When he meets May it's different. Somehow he knows they were meant to be together.
As Martin begins to court May, it isn't long before she begins the feel the same way and soon the wedding planner is planning her own wedding.
But Martin has some secrets in his past. Secrets he has told no one. He also has some well-known family tragedies he is reluctant to talk about including the death of his young daughter, Natalie, and his estrangement from his father, a hockey hall of famer, now serving time in prison for racketeering.
Martin is a huge star. One who has led his team to the Stanley Cup finals several years in a row. He wants nothing more than to win the championship - something that has evaded him.
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Format: Hardcover
May Taylor works as a wedding planner with her best friend and great-aunt. She has never been married herself, as her soul mate had not come along. She is the mother of 5 year old Kylie, who sees and hears things that others cannot. Her unique visions will lead her mother into a life she never imagined, and a love she never expected. Martin Cartier, is a professional hockey player on board an airplane with his team, in view of Kylie and her mother also on the same plane. Fate lands Martin, quite literally in their lap, and their love story goes forward from there. Martin is a star athlete, in need of a soul mate himself, but has many ghosts of his own getting in the way. He lost his young daughter Natalie in a tragedy, and blames his estranged father for the accident. As the story develops and his relationship with Kylie and her mother blossoms, Kylie professes to speak to Natalie and envisions her as an angel with a mission. True, this story is somewhat far fetched, but if one believes in angels and possibilities, who can say? It is entertaining, emotional and enlightening...the characters are ones the reader can connect with, and that is what good fiction is all about... this did not disappoint me. I love Luanne's latest novels and recommend this one...
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Format: Hardcover
Summer Light by Luanne Rice is a wonderfully heartwarming and touching story. This is definitely Rice at her best! It is romantic and sentimental, without being overbearing, with a touch of the mystical thrown in!
May Taylor is a single mother with a "gifted" daughter, who claims to speak with angels. While flying home to Connecticut, Kylie is warned of the impending aircraft danger by one of her angel friends, and seeks the aid of Martin Cartier to help her and her mother to safety. Not knowing why, Kylie knows that this man will somehow play a role in their lives. Cartier, a tough, kind, and greatly sought after bachelor, is a hockey player with the Boston Bruins. He pursues May until she agrees to marry him.
Rice once again weaves magic with her characters and one cannot help but fall right into their lives and into their emotions. Balancing issues of death, single parenthood, dual careers, scandal, parental issues, as well as hailing from two different countries, Rice brings home to her readers that any relationship requires commitment, work, dedication, honesty, and most of all love. I was endeared to this quote from the book, "That's what a married couple does . . .love each other through sickness and health, for richer, for poorer, in good times and bad. They love each other's children and try to honor each other's parents - even when the whole thing seems impossible."
Their marriage is tested, challenged and tested again and Rice's portrayal of a family ripped apart by the trials of life and past events is uncannily real. I could not put this latest bestseller down and was completely swept away and into the saga. I absolutely loved this book and Rice confirms once again, that only love is real. This is one book that will touch your heart and warm your soul - a definite keeper.
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Format: Hardcover
May Taylor is a single mother and successful wedding planner, having inherited the business from her mother and grandmother. Kylie, her sensitive six -year-old daughter, has her worried, though, because Kylie seems to see and sense things that other people don't.
On a recent plane trip, Kylie sees an angel near a big giant of a man. When a fire on the plane forces the plane to make an emergency landing, Martin Cartier, the giant and star hockey player for the Boston Bruins, helps Kylie and May off the plane.
Attracted to May in a way that he can't explain, Martin begins driving down to Connecticut from Boston to see her. May is different from any of the women that Martin has known. She falls in love with him as a person, not merely the handsome rich hockey star.
Life is good for the Cartiers when Martin marries May, and Kylie, Martin, and May become a family. But events from Martin's past threaten to tear them apart even as the future shows signs of tribulations to come. Will their love be strong enough to keep them together amidst the trials of life?
Luanne Rice has written an extraordinary novel. Brimming with emotion, SUMMER LIGHT is a tender triumph showing how love can survive even under the most difficult of circumstances. And the touch of the paranormal adds an ethereal dimension to this read. SUMMER LIGHT will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you very glad that you read this novel.
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