Theme: Life versus death
Summer is the second book in the Sunrise Series. Sunrise is the first.
A New Beginning
Hollywood actor Dayne Matthews and Katy Hart are married and living in Bloomington, Indiana, where Dayne has found a solution to his on-camera love scenes – he wants Katy to star in his next film. Katy wins the part and is cast opposite her superstar husband. The story of a small-town girl’s dream come true is too much for the press to resist, and in an effort to appease them, the couple agrees to a twelve-episode reality show. It seems like the perfect compromise, but by the time Dayne and Katy finish filming the movie, they feel cracks around the edges of their marriage. Now they face an uncertain future and possible the end of everything that truly matters to them.
An Unforgettable Summer
The Baxter family rejoices that Ashley and Kari are both pregnant, but an ultrasound reveals that something is wrong with one of the babies. As the summer progresses, the sisters pray for a miracle while trying to face the unthinkable. It’s in this trying season that they must all learn the lesson God has been trying to teach them – He is still in control, and He will be with them regardless of the outcome.
An Emotional Farewell
The Flanigans continue to draw closer to their only daughter, yet Bailey struggles to find her way amid the turmoil of adolescence. Her friendship with Cody Coleman – the young boarder staying with the Flanigans – continues to blossom in this summer after his graduation. But when Cody enlists in the army, he’ll have to say good-bye to the family he’s come to love and the girl he’ll never forget.
A story about God’s unending faithfulness and the trials and triumphs of this one unforgettable summer.
Abortion is the main issue discussed here by Karen. Summer was majorly about Ashley and Landon and their lovely daughter, Sarah. Ashley is not one of my favourite characters though. I love her, yes, but I think sometimes she can be unnecessarily emotional and slightly judgmental. But I’ll definitely give her credit for being a really strong woman after deciding to give birth to a baby whose future is uncertain.
I actually didn’t see the twist in the marriage of Dayne and Katy coming. I thought they would conquer the challenges ahead, but alas! I was wrong. I think Katy allowed the Hollywood drama get into her head and Dayne was confused about how to handle the crisis.
The relationship between Jenny Flanigan and her daughter, Bailey waxed stronger after it was strained in Sunrise because of the diversion of attention from Bailey to Cody by Jim and Jenny. Bailey displayed maturity in handling issues with her friends and in dealing and managing her feelings for Cody.
“I heard something once.” Jenny stroked her daughter’s light brown hair. “Whenever you can’t sleep, it’s God way of telling you to pray. That there’s someone who needs your prayers.”
The birth of Sarah brought about new beginning(s) to not just the Blakes but also the Baxters.