One Summer by David Baldacci


8 Critic Reviews

“One Summer” is a heartwarming tale of family, facing illness and finding out what really matters in life.
-The Roanoke Times


From #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci comes a moving family drama about learning to love again after heartbreak and loss.


It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. Just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover in a miraculous turn of events. He rises from what should have been his deathbed, determined to bring his fractured family back together. Struggling to rebuild their lives after Lizzie's death, he reunites everyone at Lizzie's childhood home on the oceanfront in South Carolina. And there, over one unforgettable summer, Jack will begin to learn to love again, and he and his children will learn how to become a family once more.

About David Baldacci

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David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at and his foundation at, and to look into its program to spread books across America at
Published December 27, 2011 by Grand Central Publishing. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Jul 03 2011
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Critic reviews for One Summer
All: 8 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 3


Below average
on Apr 05 2011

...the stilted language and trite sentimentalism are yawn-inducing.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Feb 28 2011

...a creaky, contrived family drama...

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Suite 101

on Aug 26 2011

There is sadness, pain, death and joy. The reader is taken deep into the depths of despair and is thrown into a whirlwind of emotions; be ready for the ride of your life.

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Denver Post

on Jul 06 2011

The last few chapters are packed with enough action to rival Baldacci's thrillers...Fans of Nicholas Sparks in search of summer diversion will find in these pages a good message and a big heart.

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The Roanoke Times

on Jun 19 2011

“One Summer” is a heartwarming tale of family, facing illness and finding out what really matters in life.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

on Sep 13 2011

Author David Baldacci steps out of his usual role as a gritty mystery/thriller author to bring his readers an emotional, heartwarming tale in “One Summer.”

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North Jersey

on Jun 19 2011

Baldacci uses every possible trick to produce an emotional respons...The overall experience is a bit like reading a Sparks novel, but upped a notch to yield the proper reaction.

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Cairo 360

Above average
on Nov 10 2011

The novel is too emotional to the point of sappiness...

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