"a sweet, old-fashioned love story"
Ghost of Summer is breezy read and a perfect choice if
you're looking to de-stress after a hectic day. It's a bit
light on conflict but features one of my favorite romance
plot lines: two childhood friends who rediscover love.
Also helping this story along was the fact that the couple
were regular, down-to-earth people and not super model
heiresses and millionaire playboys.
The heroine's mother died when she was a child but because
she loved her husband so deeply her soul remained alive and
she returned to him in the form of a ghost. She will not
find eternal rest until Kate finds her true love. Kate's
parents scheme to bring her back home to the man they
believe she is destined to love.
After receiving a very strange phone call from her father,
Kate returns to her hometown to make sure that he's not
losing him mind. The first person she encounters is Luke
Rodgers, the man who broke her heart many years ago when he
moved away and ignored her letters. Kate is now engaged
to a man she doesn't love because she can't bear facing
that type of hurt again. When she sees Luke all the old
This is where the really weak conflict kicks in. Luke and
Kate grew up together and were closer than two peas in a
pod. When they were twelve Luke moved away, never to be
heard from again. Because of this devastating loss at the
ripe old age of twelve, neither has been able to trust
themselves to love again and both have shut off their
emotional wells. I really wasn't exaggerating about the
weak conflict bit, was I?
Despite that plot quibble I did enjoy this love story very
much. The book concentrates on the couple as they rebuild
their relationship and never gets off track or bogged down
by extraneous subplots. This is one couple who plainly
enjoy each other's company and it was refreshing to read.
The love story between Kate's parents was also well done
and very touching.
If you're looking for a sweet, old-fashioned love story and
are tired of villains who take up too much of the plot
you'll want to give this book a try.
Laurie Shallah / May, 2000
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Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 8, 2002