Summer - Karen Kingsbury

Title: Summer
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Series: Sunrise, 2; Baxters, 12
Format: paperback, large print
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: A NEW BEGINNING: Hollywood actor Dayne Matthews and Katy Hart are married and living in Bloomington, Ind., 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 super-star 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 12-episode reality show. It seems like the perfect compromise but by the time they finish filming the movie, they feel cracks around the edges of their marriage. Now they face an uncertain future, and possibly the end of everything that truly matters to them.
AN UNFORGETTABLE SUMMER: The Baxter family learns 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 amidst the turmoil of adolescence. She has always made good decisions, but she wants to experience more of life. Her friendship with Cody Coleman—the young border staying with the Flanigans—continues to blossom in this summer after his graduation. But when Cody decides to enlist in the Army, he'll have to say goodbye to the family he's come to love and the girl he'll never forget.


Favourite character: Cole
Least favourite character: Brooke & Katy


Mini-review: I'm not sure how I feel about this to be honest. It was emotional, but some of the characters (*cough* Brooke and Katy *cough*) ruined some things. Also I feel like Dayne and Katy's story wasn't talked about enough. It felt odd and rushed. Same with the Flanigans.


Fan Cast:
Ashley Baxter-Blake - Brittany Snow
Landon Blake - Scott Eastwood
Dayne Matthews - Diego Klattenhoff
Katy Hart-Matthews - Sophia Bush
Kari Baxter-Taylor - Kate Mara
Ryan Taylor - Matt Lanter
John Baxter - Jeff Goldblum
Elaine Denning - Christine Baranski
Luke Baxter - Joseph Mazzello
Reagan Decker-Baxter - Elizabeth Olsen
Bailey Flanigan - Zendaya
Brooke Baxter-West - Bryce Dallas Howard
Peter West - John Krasinski
Jenny Flanigan - Gabrielle Union
Jim Flanigan - Luke Wilson
Cody Coleman - Brandon Larracuente
Erin Baxter - Stef Dawson
Randi Wells - Brooklyn Decker
Dr. Amy McDaniel - Jenny Slate
Rhonda Sanders - Anna Paquin