Review: When Summer Comes by Brenda Novak

July 1, 2013 Reviews 0 Comments

Review: When Summer Comes by Brenda NovakWhen Summer Comes by Brenda Novak
Series: Whiskey Creek #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by MIRA on 29 January 2013
Pages: 400
Reading Challenges: 2013 Zodiac Challenge
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I got swept up in the pathos of When Summer Comes but came crashing back to earth a bit with the too neat ending. Callie is going to die if she doesn’t get a liver transplant soon. She moves into her grandparents’ house, takes a leave of absence from work and focuses on the things that really matter to her. Levi rocks up on her doorstep one night bleeding from a vicious dog attack and begging for some bandages. He’s a drifter and doesn’t want to hang around but Callie offers him shelter in return for him painting her barn. The longer they spend together, the more Callie realises just how much she wants to live.

Callie is the poster girl for courage under fire. I understood her decision to conceal her condition from friends or family so she could enjoy what little time she had on her own terms. Levi is on the run literally and figuratively. At Callie’s farm he finds peace of mind and starts to heal. Practically everyone who knows Callie tries to get Levi to leave town even though he proves his decency over and over. The romance between the two is particularly poignant as Callie has so little time left. She tries to rush things whereas Levi wants to go slow as he has lots of emotional baggage. The cause of it isn’t very believable which made Levi less authentic as a character.

With friends like Callie’s, who needs enemies? Once again the friends were judgemental and interfering. I wish we spent less time focusing on their reactions to Callie’s actions and more on her burgeoning relationship with Levi. I have to single out Kyle for the most censure as he becomes overbearing and dictatorial just because he slept with Callie some time ago. He can’t comprehend there would be anything more significant in her life than their failed attempt at a relationship. Despite professing their concern for Callie, none of the friends offer to get tested to see if they are a match. They would rather Simon use his celebrity status to try and buy a higher place on the donor list (this fails).

I had some problems with the speed at which things were resolved and the happily ever after. It just didn’t ring true and ruined a perfectly good tragic end. We also have a few plot threads that are left hanging.

This is a really enjoyable read providing you can stomach the best friends. If you like stories where couples fight the odds and ultimately succeed, then this is definitely for you.

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