by Pamela Morsi

February 2005
ISBN: 0-7783-2139-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Dawn Leland has spent her life running but even she has a certain set of rules she sticks to. The first being never run to any place you’ve ever lived before and the second being whatever guy you get involved with – make sure he’s a “Sonny”. These rules have seemed to serve her and her daughters well as they keep a suitcase packed under their beds in anticipation of the next move.

However this time Dawn is breaking all the rules when she puts the girls in her little Datsun and heads back to where it all begin – Knoxville, Tennessee. Not only is she returning to the town she swore she never would, she’s going back to the home of her in-laws. It is not until she arrives that everyone will discover the reason she had to return.

It’s been sixteen years and in all that time Sephrona Leland has neither forgotten nor forgiven the woman who ran off with her two granddaughters shortly after her son’s death. Her husband on the other hand is more than willing to forgive and forget and welcomes all three Leland’s into their home with no questions asked.

What follows is a remarkable story that allows Dawn’s daughters to learn the truth about their father Sonny’s death and to begin to know the grandparents who they barely remember. Dawn herself will be forced to face memories that she thought she long ago buried and even begin to learn a few new things about herself. By Summer’s End each person in this family will be a better person for the time spent together.

It is only a few times a year that I’m fortunate enough to read a book that pulls at all my heartstrings. If I wasn’t laughing hysterically then I was sitting with the tissues and wiping away the tears as they rolled down my cheeks. This particular book has so much to offer as it delves into issues from cancer to family bitterness and even tosses in a touch of romance for those who feel they must have it. I would certainly recommend taking a day and curling up with a warm beverage and this not to be missed new book by Morsi.

Reviewed in January 2005 by Shelby.

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