Get your beach bag ready! This book is a must read to take to the shore. As a matter of fact, if you can’t make it to the beach this summer, this book will take you there. From beautiful cover to cover, you’ll feel like you need to empty the sand out of your shoes even though you never left your living room!
Noah and Laney Coleman and their five sons and two dogs, one old lab named Mennie (Amen) and a new puppy named Halle (Hallelujah), live in a big old house on Cape Cod. The sons range in age from 21 to 7 (about to turn 8). Life in the Coleman house is a flurry of activity all the time! With Noah being a very busy minister; Laney a teacher; Elijah (E.) and Gabe lifeguards and college students; Ben and Seth on the track team in high school; and little Asher having trouble with a bully at school~~there’s seldom a free moment! With all of that going on, Noah somehow forgot to tell Laney that he agreed to let his brother Micah and his fiancée, Beryl, have their wedding at the very much in need of repairs, Cape Cod Coleman house!
In the midst of getting the big, old house ready for what will be a happy day, the family must also suffer some growing pains and some unsettling news. Laney faces some medical news that she’s reluctant to share. Noah’s parents, Asa and Maddie, are heavily involved in the lives of their two sons and their grandchildren, but when their sons want to know more about what is going on with them, they’re suddenly quiet. Though Asher is relieved that his bully has been kicked off of the school bus, he’s really worried about the circumstances surrounding the incident and even begins to blame himself for the outcome. And Elijah has met and become serious with a girl who seems to differ on some fundamental views of Elijah’s own.
If you’ve never read a Nan Rossiter book, you’ll have no trouble in making this one your first. If you have read Ms. Rossiter’s work before, you’re going to love seeing some familiar names in UNDER A SUMMER SKY that you may have come across in THE GIN AND CHOWDER CLUB and MORE THAN WORDS. And as a bonus to all of us, the author includes a “Cast of Characters” guide in the front of the book that is just brilliant!
There are so many things to love about this book. Ms. Rossiter takes some very important and timely issues and incorporates them into her story. She also gently handles some very difficult “part of life” issues and pulls at your heartstrings. As with each of Ms. Rossiter’s novels, the story gets told and all of the strings tied neatly in the end…but she always leaves a little something for you to think about for her next book. There are some scenes in UNDER A SUMMER SKY where the author includes sermons that “Noah” preaches at his church. These sermons are some of my favorite writing in the book. Really read those sermons. Some of them really hit home.
And for those of you who just happen to love running~~you’re going to love that this entire family is a family of runners. I absolutely love the competitive spirit of the siblings and even Noah and Laney too!
Anxiously awaiting Ms. Rossiter’s next book. Though, I’m wondering which character from this book will make an appearance in the next!
A copy of this book was given to me by the author. The above opinions are most definitely my own.
Maryellen is a 48-year-old avid reader, runner, and reviewer who lives near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband Mike and their two rowdy cats. The fact that she has a car named RoxyBlue and has a phone named Janet (Miss Jackson if you’re nasty) are only two of a million reasons why I love her. Couple that with her insight, intelligence, and her always half-full glass of optimism and it makes for an exceptional book reviewer. I am lucky to have the honor of Maryellen allowing me to post her reviews here every Monday.