One Summer by David Baldacci (♦♦♦)
After his recovery, Jack travels across the country to pick up his three kids who are living with relatives in the West Coast. With his best friend Sammy in tow, as well as Corey, Jack Jr. and Michelle--his three kids--Jack moves to a beach house he has recently inherited in the coast of South Carolina. As Jack befriends Jenna Fontaine--a town’s business owner and former DC lawyer—and her son Liam, his own issues with his kids and the way he has been dealing with his grief come into play and he has a new opportunity to heal and bring his family together once again.
This book is a fast read, but one feels the story drags along describing Jack’s bereavement and his inability to mend his family. However, Jenna’s character proves to be his salvation and the book’s too for she is wise and helps enlighten some family members about each other’s plight. As the story progresses, it warms up as a South Carolinian summer, and the last pages are read with a mixture of concern and faith in the fate of this family.