Friday, May 6, 2016

Book Review: The Summer of Me by Angela Benson

Title: The Summer of Me
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: TLC Book Tours


The national bestselling author of Delilah’s Daughters and The Amen Sisters returns with a moving story about a single mother who, in one unforgettable summer, discovers the woman she can become. As a single mother, Destiny makes sacrifices for her children—including saying good-bye for the summer so they can spend time with their father and stepmother. Though she’ll miss them with all her heart, the time alone gives her an opportunity to address her own needs, like finishing her college degree. But Destiny’s friends think her summer should include some romance.

As the days pass, Destiny will make new discoveries—about herself, the man she’s fallen for, and the people around her. And she’ll face challenging choices too. But most of all, she’ll grow in ways she never imagined, learning unexpected lessons about trust, forgiveness, and the price of motherhood . . . and becoming the woman she truly wants to be.

Being raised by a single mother, I was drawn to the description of this book right from the very beginning. What woman wouldn't want to read a story about a woman who has sacrificed who she is for the better of her children, only to discover that it's ok to take time for you too?

Following Destiny's path throughout the book I could see visions of my own mom growing up. Never looking at all she did for us throughout that time, I was thankful to have this opportunity to see some of the dreams Destiny had and how she was going to try and make them come true while still taking care of her children.

Overall a very enjoyable story.

Angela Benson is a graduate of Spelman College and the author of fourteen novels, including the Christy Award–nominated Awakening Mercy, the Essence bestsellerThe Amen Sisters, Up Pops the Devil, and Sins of the Father. She is an associate professor at the University of Alabama and lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Find out more about Angela at her website and connect with her on Facebook.

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