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  • National Readers’ Choice Award Finalist

    That Certain Summer

      First edition published in 2013 by Revell
      Encore Edition published in 2018 by Irene Hannon

      Two estranged sisters…
      An unexpected homecoming…
      One unforgettable summer

      Karen and Val are family—yet they’re anything but close. Karen has carried the burden of responsibility for her aging mother ever since her sister left town years ago to pursue a career in theater. But Val had other reasons for moving away—as well as a secret to keep—and coming home has never been an option…until their mother suffers a stroke.

      Reunited in their hometown, Karen and Val must grapple with their past mistakes as they care for their ailing mother. When a physical therapist raising his daughter alone and an injured musician enter the picture, the summer takes on a surprising new dimension.

      As the lives of these four wounded souls intersect and entwine, can each of them find the courage to let go of the past and open their hearts to love?

        Reviews for That Certain Summer

      • With deeply felt characters, two separate-but-connected romances and two women's journeys toward making peace with their pasts and each other, That Certain Summer is as much a women's fiction title as it is inspirational romance. A great weekend or rainy-day read, That Certain Summer will warm your heart.

        USA Today

      • An emotional story filled with romance and small dramas. The lives of these endearing characters intertwine over a summer and undergo change as Hannon has readers rooting for each of them in this uplifting story about love and redemption.

        Publishers Weekly 

      • Beautiful storytelling…A gem of a read.

        RT Book Reviews

      • Inspiring prose and embraceable characters…capture the reader from the very first pages.

        New York Journal of Books