To escape his poppa’s physical abuse and their dirt-poor farm life, Jim flees to an imagined prosperous city life where he can make his own choices, ignoring God patiently knocking on his heart’s door. Settled in town, Jim strays from God and the way of faith his momma taught him. He meets a girl and loses his heart … and meets another girl and loses his willpower. Jim wrestles with social and moral dilemmas as he makes a choice beside Caney Creek that will alter the lives of five people.
Publisher: Sword of the Spirit Publishing
Publication date: December 2nd 2012
Prior to reading this book I found myself in a fiction reading funk (I’d read a number of really bad fiction books one after the other) so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one; then I started reading it. I was so impressed I sent a personal note to the author thanking her for restoring my faith in fiction books. I found I really looked forward to getting back to read her book every chance I got.
Whilst reading this book I found myself asking why the style of writing sounded and felt familiar. It wasn’t until after I finished it that I realised the answer to this question. The writing style reminds me of Janette Oke’s style; a style that I have always liked. It’s a style which is very fluid, easy to read and displays sensitivity to the story being written allowing the reader to travel through the story with the characters, feeling and experiencing what the characters experience.
Jo Huddleston’s story “That Summer” is about the physical and spiritual journey of the main character Jim who, as a way to escape an abusive father, decided he was going to leave home and make a living for himself. When Jim left he was determined to do the opposite of his father so that he would have a financially secure life for himself and any future wife and family that he would have so that they didn’t have to live like he, his mother, and his siblings had to live. This story had a surprising twist to it which Jo Huddleston handled with great sensitivity and realism.
This book left me wanting to get stuck into the next one so as I could continue the story wanting to find out what happens next to the characters that I had grown to love.
Recommend for: Young Adults to adults, and people who would like to read a sweet, clean, Christian romance story.