Teenage cliques, first impressions, personal agendas, and being stranded off the coast of Belize: Summer by Summer, a young adult (YA) novel written by Heather Burch, has them all. A summer trip to Belize isn’t all she wanted her experience as a nanny to be when Summer meets the older brother, Bray, of the family. After making some peace and helping with a diving expedition, they are stranded on an island due to a bad storm. With no rescue party in sight, the two must rely on themselves, each other, and their faith in God as they learn who the other really is while waiting to be rescued.
This is definitely a young adult novel with a market age of 14 and up. It is an easy beach read, no pun intended, of survival, love, trust, and faith. The story line flows as the author alternates between Summer’s and Bray’s points-of-view. Each must let go of the first impression and assumptions made of the other to survive their adventure.
While this is not a must-read, I wouldn’t avoid it. It kept my attention as I knew everything had to work out. I just wasn’t sure how Burch would create the twists and turns to bring positive closure.
*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for my honest review.
4 out of 5 stars
Donald Arlo Jennings, PhD, writes Genesis Revisited – The Creation
The description of this book is simple: “This book will open your mind to all God created, not just of this world as we know it, but for all the worlds, planets, universes and galaxies that exist in the vastness of space.”
This premise intrigued me, and I looked forward to reading it. It’s an interesting idea to consider whether God created other planets in other galaxies that would have living beings and maybe a similar Genesis experience to that on Earth. Why not request it and consider another perspective?
Jennings considers himself a Christian and presents his matter as such. He offers his ideas, quotes the Bible, and summarizes his thoughts to unify his premise.
Unfortunately, this book needed a lot of editing before it was published. I scanned through much of it to actually get to the main ideas of the chapters. Jennings’ conversational style does not translate well to the written word. He often begins paragraphs with, “I wonder if, let me summarize, this causes me to wonder, I digress here, many will disagree with me” et cetera. Reading this novel was a lesson in frustration, but with proper editing could be more engaging.
2 out of 5 stars
Full disclosure: I was given a free ebook copy of this book by Booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review.