Summer’s List by Anita Higman

Life hadn’t been easy for Summer Snow—and her dying wish is about to alter the course of her life forever in Anita Higman‘s new novel, Summer’s List. A childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?


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Summer’s List (River North, June 2015)

A dying wish alters the course of a young woman’s life.

Life hadn’t been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessness-caring for her ailing parents and running her grandmother’s bookstore-she had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love… didn’t turn out. She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing something-or someone.

Opportunity strikes when Granny sends Summer on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree, a kind but gangly young man from Summer’s past. A childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?


Learn more and purchase a copy at Anita’s website.

Anita Higman

{More About Anita Higman}

Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

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Love arrives when you least expect it

Anita Higman writes of how a dying wish alters the course of a young woman’s life and heart

5/29/2015 || Seattle: For a single girl in her 30s who longs to be married, it can be easy to feel a little lost when all your princes keep turning into frogs. Anita Higman details the twists and turns, triumphs and failures, in one young woman’s search for love in her new book, Summer’s List (River North/June 1, 2015/ISBN: 978-0802412324/$14.99).

Life hasn’t been easy for Summer Snow. She spent what should have been her carefree 20s selflessly caring for her ailing parents and denied herself the dream in her heart to run her grandmother’s bookstore. If you asked her, she would say she’s mostly happy — but she knows she’s missing something — and her grandmother’s love doesn’t fill that aching part of her heart that longs for love and romance. Now that she’s broken off her engagement with a rising politician, Summer feels adrift in life and love. Again.

Summer’s wise grandmother has a plan up her sleeve to help Summer in her search for lasting love and true purpose. She offers her granddaughter the ability to complete a “bucket list” of sorts, full of goals and adventures to fulfill.

The catch? She has to complete the list with her long-lost childhood friend, Martin Langtree. Their adventures together — such as taking a hot air balloon ride, building a tree house and singing in public — will make Summer wonder if the love she’s been looking for has been right under her nose for years. Could Martin, the kind but gangly man who made the perfect friend when they were growing up, now make the ideal husband? Or will she just end up striking out in love again?

Meanwhile, Martin is happy to help Summer with the list, but he finds himself thwarted at every turn by his two brothers. The spoiled men, who are addicted to the lavish lifestyle given to them by their older brother’s success, will do anything to keep Martin from following through with the list and falling in love with Summer.

Higman believes a lot of Christian women who long for marriage will identify with Summer’s quest, especially given the expectations the church can place on single women. “Sometimes they might feel if they can’t find Mr. Right, they are somehow second-class women,” Higman admits. “That is, of course, not true. People in the church need to be sensitive to those who do not marry.”

Higman hopes Summer’s List will remind readers God’s plans are always perfect, even though they may look very different from what we might expect. “We see through a glass darkly while we’re here on earth,” Higman explains. “If we could see more as God does, our plans would come closer to lining up with His ways.” While God makes moves we can’t always predict, Summer’s List highlights how He uses instances and people in our lives to move us closer to Him ultimately.

To keep up with Anita Higman, visit, become a fan on Facebook (AuthorAnitaHigman) or follow her on Twitter (@anitahigman).

About the author

Anita Higman is a CBA bestselling and award-winning author with 40 books published, several of which she co-authored. She is a two-time finalist for a Selah Award and has won a Cascade Award and an Inspirational Readers Choice Award for 2011 and 2013. She’s also been honored in the past as a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston. 

Higman has a BA degree in the combined fields of speech communication, psychology and art from Southern Nazarene University. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Writer’s View.

Higman has also won two awards for her contribution to literacy and has raised thousands of dollars for that cause while serving on the board of directors of Literacy Advance of Houston. She has been married to her husband for 35 years.

To keep up with Anita Higman, visit become a fan on Facebook (AuthorAnitaHigman) or follow her on Twitter (@anitahigman).

Suggested interview questions

—In three sentences or less, tell us about your new book.

—What is the main theme that runs through Summer’s List?

—What was the inspiration behind the story?

—Your heroine, Summer Snow, is used to putting others’ interests before her own. We are taught to serve others, but is there a point when selflessness can become damaging?

—Can you identify with Summer’s search for love?

—Why do you think the number of people delaying marriage into their 30s and even beyond is growing?

—What expectations and social pressures are put upon single women in the church?

—Can it be dangerous for women to believe in the notion of a “soul mate” or one single person whom God has for you to find and marry?

—What is the best advice you have for someone who truly longs for marriage? 

—Summer’s story is unique, as she completes the “bucket list” her Grandmother made for her. What are some other ways single women can connect with their purpose in life, despite their disappointments?

—Have you ever made a bucket list? How did it change your life?

—Why do God’s plans for our lives often look so very different than our own?

—Summer manages a children’s bookshop.  Was there someone in your childhood who helped instill in you a love for literature?

—You are, in fact, very enthusiastic about promoting literacy and have even won awards for your efforts in that arena. Why is that such an important cause for you?

—What is the number-one message you want your readers to receive from Summer’s List?

Anita Higman is available for interviews to promote the release of Summer’s List. To request a review copy, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings,



    I’m not sure why I keep picking the sad books lately, maybe it’s because it’s where my heart is or because it gives me the freedom to cry without having to explain myself? Anyway, Summer’s List, was an awesome book – while I knew it would be a romance type book, it was the mushy, doe eyed romance that I’ve read in the past and I’m thankful for that. Normally, I don’t cry over a fictional book, but this book had me needing tissues because it was so real and I could feel Summer’s raw emotions coming off the page. The love of Martin also shines through and then reconciliation after a mystery had been solved also just jumped from the pages and shows how God weaves through each of our lives even when we aren’t aware.

    Written by Growing for Christ on July 13, 2015
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    This one leaves me feeling confused. I am not sure if I can give an accurate description of this book. Part of it was interesting….part of it was not. I did not really care for the stiffness of the dialogue. I was disappointed in the book. I am glad this as given to me to review and I did not spend money on it.

    Written by Karen’s Korner on July 8, 2015
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    I felt like this book had a slower start, but once I read a few pages I was hooked. I’ll be very honest, though. I couldn’t stand Desmond and Ivan. I dreaded seeing their names pop up in the story because they were just horrid!

    At first I was even unsure about Martin. He grew as the story went along and was definitely not the same person as the he was described as in the beginning of the story. Summer was a sweet girl who had given up a lot to help take care of her family. I liked the idea of her grandmother creating a list for her to complete over a few weeks. Her grandmother was a lady who was very easy to like and made me miss my own grandma as I reflected over several parts in the story.

    Written by When life gets you down…read a book on July 8, 2015
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    This book deals with a young woman living others dreams, realizing that she needs to live out her own. I really enjoyed the character of Summer, she is one who is not always sure of herself and yet blossoms as the book goes on which I enjoyed watching. This book was a very entertaining read, filled with some great characters ( I absolutely loved her Granny, she was such a character) and I loved the sweet romance develop between the two characters. All in all a very good read! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on July 8, 2015


    Summer’s List by Anita Higman is a really fun story with a surprising serious side to it that makes it the perfect chill time novel. Just the write amount of depth to keep my finishing it in a day mixed with enough humor to make it light, I fell in love one page in! Keep it up Anita, I need more of your work on my shelves!

    Written by Confessions of a Teenage Bookworm on July 6, 2015
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    Summer’s List is a warm-hearted story filled with characters who are just-this-side-of-fanciful yet real enough that you’ll root for them.

    Maybe the true adventure is found right in our daily lives, when we open ourselves up to love, when we keep an eye out for wonderful possibilities, when we listen to someone else’s story. That, for me, was the heart of Summer’s List.

    Written by Found a Christian by His Grace on July 6, 2015
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    I love everything about the idea of Summer being given this list of life to-do’s. What an amazing gift for Summer’s dying grandmother to give to her. A sort of legacy of adventures and missed opportunities to be reminded to complete. It was just so touching that Summer’s grandmother saw the things that she had missed out on in her life by focusing on her family, and their business… and wanted to make sure that Summer didn’t lose herself completely with her unavoidable death.

    I also love that Martin wasn’t some amazing, gorgeous, unbelievable hottie. He was awkward, and not that great with social skills, but a lost true friend. Summer walked back into his life right when they both needed each other the most.

    The separate story of Martin’s background and family was an fun side story.

    Written by A Bit Bookish on July 6, 2015
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    Oh my! Get your tissues ready before you crack this amazing read open and be prepared to stay up late into the night as you follow the journey of main characters Summer and Martin! Truly, seriously one of the best novels I have read this year. I have never been disappointed with an Anita Higman novel, and Summer’s List is no exception. The plot is wonderful, and I found myself crying more than once but also found myself cheering on the characters as the story unfolded. The author covers things like family struggles, forgiveness and lost love as the main themes in the book and deals with them in very entertaining ways, making the stories and characters very relatable to the reader.
    A very well written book that I highly recommend!

    Written by A Mom After God’s Own Heart on July 5, 2015


    Summer’s List is a pleasant read filled with unique, quirky characters who encounter the beauty of forgiveness, second chances, and love. Readers who are looking for a book to bring to the beach with them on a hot summer’s day should grab a copy of Anita Higman’s latest novel. This sweet story may be just what you were looking for!

    Written by Christian Fiction Addiction on July 3, 2015
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    I’m really not sure what to say about this book. It was probably the most bizarre book I’ve ever tried to read. The idea behind the plot was cute, and I was expecting a sweet, contemporary romance. However, in execution, the plot was far too simplistic. The characters were more like caricatures. I found them all flat and not engaging at all. However, the biggest issue was the writing style. This book read like a strange, uncomfortable amalgamation of contemporary and victorian literature. It was hard to wrap my head around and definitely kept me from enjoying the story. I’m still confused as to why it would be written that way. It was just as absurd to me as opening a book set in 2015, but having all the characters speak in Shakespearian english. It made no sense whatsoever. So yeah, it was unfortunately kind of impossible for me to get around that. I haven’t read any other books by this author, so I don’t know if that’s her usual style, but I would only recommend it to those who know what they’re getting into beforehand. This isn’t just your average contemporary read.

    Written by Wandering the Pages on July 3, 2015
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    I found this entertaining to be an entertaining about an old friendship that ends up turning into a romance and a family torn apart by betrayal that learns about the meaning of forgiveness. You gotta love a grandmother who loves her granddaughter so much that she makes her a bucket list with things to do.

    Written by Frugal Shopping and More on July 3, 2015
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    I liked the spiritual lessons in the novel. Summer’s grandmother is a real spiritual inspiration. There are lessons in forgiveness and restoration as even Granny admits she doesn’t get it right all the time. We see the importance of prayer too. This is an unusual story in many ways, but it in unusually sweet as well! It reads like a modern day fairy tale of sorts. The life circumstances of the characters are both very normal and larger than life. I don’t even think Granny could have imagined how far reaching the result of her list would be!

    This is the first book I have read written by Anita and I have enjoyed her writing!
    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading.

    Written by LyonsLady on July 3, 2015
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    Martin would likely be a great candidate for being a prime example of “adorkable.” From the minute he was described and the subsequent references to hobbits and Tolkein’s Middle Earth, I knew I’d love the character. The book also begins telling a few chapters from Martin’s point of view.

    This book incorporated several deeper themes, like abandonment, trust (both in people and in God), lasting friendships, authentic relationships, the damage of hatred, mental illness, redemption, and forgiveness. Summer’s relationship with her grandmother is heartwarming, and relatable for anyone’s attachment to family through hardship.

    If your preference is for less “preachy” books, be aware that this book does include a few “preachy” parts, but the characters and plot make for an enjoyable read.

    Written by Under God’s Mighty Hand on July 3, 2015
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    I love the idea of Summer’s character. She is at first an unsure,a woman hiding in the status quo of her life. Upon receiving her grandmother’s dying wish, Summer sets out to fulfill the items on the list. This creates in her a sort of awakening and a bit of growing up and outwards in her life.

    I have to say that I hated many of the pages in the beginning. There was something so incredibly irritating, uncomfortable and pretentious about the scenes with Martin’s brothers. There was an exorbitant amount of time spent on them, and their awful treatment of Martin, so much so that I almost put the book down.

    But I didn’t. And I am glad I didn’t. Seeing the transformation of both Martin and Summer’s lives through their reuniting brought the story back on track a little more towards the end.

    Written by Starts At Eight on July 3, 2015
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    The author did a good job in keeping me drawn to the story. There were some troubling elements, real-to-life problems that the characters faced, and a bit of dysfunction to wade through. If you’re looking for a story that isn’t just your typical boy-meets-girl-falls-in-love kind of story, check this one out. It’s a book that flows well, won’t take you long to read, and will leave you feeling like you read a good book.

    Written by Jami’s Words on July 3, 2015
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    I wanted to love this book. From the preview I read, this had me interested but unfortunately, I was very disappointed when this was over. At times, it was so discombobulated I gave up and took a break.
    The plot was all over the place for me. Many times it was strange and confusing. Martin’s brothers made me feel like I had dropped into a chapter of Alice in Wonderland. They left me scratching my head, because they just didn’t fit. Martin’s parents were even more of a question for me.

    There was so much going on in this book – rabbit trails which were distracting and irritating. I stuck with it and finished it, but was not impressed when I turned the last page. I would suggest getting this from your library, before you buy it.

    Written by Cafe Lily Book Reviews on July 3, 2015
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    Summer’s Granny is sick and dying. Before she dies she wants Summer to experience things she missed out on by caring for her parents. Granny has a list of adventures for her.One of the request her Granny has is for her to do is find her childhood friend Martin and have him help her to complete the list. You will have to read the book to see how the list changes Summer’s life.
    The writing style of this book is not the best. I also found the story line of Martin’s life a bit unrealistic. Still I think some people will enjoy this book.

    Written by Walking in Grace on July 2, 2015
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    This is a light summer read perfect for those beach days or while lounging on a hot summer day. It’s quite a quick read and not too complicated. Perfect for the beach bag.

    This book wasn’t your typical romance – it has dysfunctional families and some darker elements that make it a bit more interesting than a simple romance. It also has you guessing as to how the book is going to go next. I do like that in a book.

    I enjoyed Summer and Martin, but my favorite character has to be Granny. I loved her wisdom and advice and how she encouraged Summer. Her love for Summer is so sweet and touching and believable.

    I really liked the quirkiness of this book, the mystery involved, and just the overall feel of this story. I think you’ll enjoy it, too! I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

    Written by Julie – More of Him on July 2, 2015
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    From the cover of this book to the premise I wanted to like this book. The cover is beautiful and I loved the idea of a road trip to connect with a past love and find yourself. However, I found myself struggling through the pages of this book.

    Written by Book Reviews on July 2, 2015
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    Martin is her childhood friend, a cute, sexy, nerd who is always tripping over his compliments. I had a good laugh over many of his thoughts. He is a solid support and the reason Summer never felt at ease with Elliot or had a steady relationship. She too realizes soon enough that she has never truly forgotten him and he echoes her sentiments but both find their friendship so valuable that they hesitate to take the step towards love. Fear and misunderstanding along with the big family drama at Martin’s house ensures there is never a dull moment in the book. Love takes its own sweet time in making its presence felt.

    I found the book a light read peppered with the goodness of remembering God and spreading goodness. The world needs more people like Summer and Martin. Of all the characters I found Miss Beetle the most endearing with her simple demeanor and loyalty. Love resides in many forms and this book Summer’s List is a perfect example.

    Written by Eloquent Articulation on July 2, 2015
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    Summer’s List by Anita Higman is one of the most unique Christian romances I’ve ever read. To say the characters are quirky would be a gross understatement. These are the most unique group of individuals that the reader can’t help but be entertained. The Christian concepts woven throughout the story are thick and inspiring the reader toward seeking forgiveness, restoration and God’s will. My favorite lesson of the novel is that the strongest person isn’t always the one left standing.

    Written by WORD Up! on July 2, 2015
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  • I found this to be an enjoyable story. I especially enjoyed the descriptive, oftentimes-little-used-words sprinkled throughout. This story has a fairy-tale quality to it. It sort of reminded me of Cinderella, only with a male peasant and a princess.One thing I want to mention: if you believe what the Bible says about death in the following verses, you may have a problem with this story: Psalm 6:5; Psalm 115:17; Psalm 146:3,4; Ecclesiates 9:5,6; Job 7:9,10; Job 21:32; John 5:28,29; John 20:10.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on July 2, 2015
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  • At times this book is honestly really heart wrenching. while reading the book i wasn’t sure what to think at some points. it was a really amazing book.

    Written by the ramblings of miss aimymichelle on July 1, 2015


    I couldn’t get into Summer’s List as much as I’d hoped. I thought the book became more about Martin’s relationship with his antagonistic brothers rather than about the completion of Summer’s list. It also seemed as though the author was trying to cram too much in and the end result was a lack of detail. If Granny was able to locate Martin that easily online, then that’s either unrealistic or scary. Why was Granny so determined that Summer rekindle a teenage friendship anyway? Additionally, there was a late thread involving Summer’s ex-fiancé that began and then disappeared with very little to show for it.

    Summer’s List is a pleasant enough read for a summer’s day if you’re not looking for anything too meaty. However, if you’re new to Anita Higman, I recommend Winter in Full Bloom.

    Written by Proverbial Reads on July 1, 2015
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    This promised to be an interesting book, and while I did enjoy parts of the story, other parts left me a bit confused and wondering what was going on? I did feel that Summer’s character in the story was a bit weak, and she just wasn’t as developed as I would have like to seen her. She seemed rather juvenile for someone who was an adult. There were several things that resolved too quickly and easily for my taste in fiction, but I wasn’t the author *smile*. Overall I did enjoy the story. 3 stars from this reviewer.
    This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

    Written by Cindy’s Book Reviews on July 1, 2015
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    Summer’s List is full of quirky character’s that all have unique voices. It’s title alone could convince you to put it on your summer reading list!

    This book however did not really meet my expectations. It took me longer than usual to read this book than it does for me to usually read a book. Why? Well, the reason being is because something about this book was a little odd. Be it the awkward dialogue and the very awkward written characters it was overall difficult to read this book.

    Written by Taylor Reid Reads and Breathes on July 1, 2015


    I don’t think I’ve read this author before. Summer’s List looked to be everything that I love in a book, but I was unable to complete reading it. It didn’t grab my attention. I found the characters to be dull and the dialogue to be annoying. I wanted to like this book but it never drew me in and I put it down and forgot about it.

    Written by Clicking Her Heels on July 1, 2015


    …..I love Anita’s writing style and her over all way with words…Starting out with humor and our lead in a little bit of distress Anita pulls you in and then starts introducing loveable, quirky, sweet, and not so sweet characters!….

    Written by ASC Book Reviews on June 30, 2015


    Starting out, I really enjoyed this book. But, when the story got to Martin’s brothers, I’m not sure what happened but the feel of the story changed for me. (It) did lift towards the end of the book. I liked the way everything tied up.

    Written by Our Little Corner of the World on June 30, 2015
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    Summer’s List by Anita Higman is a contemporary romance that reads a bit like a fractured fairy tale, complete with a fairy grandmother, evil step-brothers and an awkward prince! The characters learn to live, love and dream before the happily ever after. This one is a quick and light read for the hopeful romantic.

    Written by By The Book on June 30, 2015
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    SUMMER’S LIST is the newest book by Ms. Higman. I wanted to like this book. A contemporary romance, a delightful sounding premise… and a summer read that is sure to be enjoyable…

    …I have loved some of her others… But don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself.

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on June 30, 2015
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    I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I loved the idea of giving a young adult a pre-bucket list of things for them to do, I loved Summer’s name, Summer Snow, it was a fun name. When Summer’s granny tells her that she is dying from congestive heart failure she gives Summer a list of things to accomplish. As Summer works through this list she finds her childhood friend Martin, and herself.
    I am a Gramma and this book has given me an idea for my grandchildren. I am going to give them a list to work through after they graduate from high school. This was a perfect Summer book and I highly recommend it!

    Written by Radiant Light on June 29, 2015
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    Summer’s List is a contemporary romance with a Gothic flair. I really enjoyed the heartwarming moments of this story. The Gothic threads that run through the story were not as enjoyable for me, but I have no doubt they will delight many readers. If you’re looking for an imaginative tale that blends poignancy with peculiarity, Summer’s List is the perfect choice!

    Written by Buzzing About Books on June 29, 2015
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    Everything I’ve described so far sounds like the preparation for a light hearted romance, perhaps laced with a little self discovery. That there is a small chihuahua who takes a prominent role makes the likelihood of a fluffy story even more likely. But Anita Higman’s newest novel can’t be easily pegged. Yes, there is a summer romance; yes, Summer does experience some awakening; and yes, the dog adds a fun element. Martin’s story isn’t as easily explained. He’s a little odd and brings with him a complicated family story and two brothers who seem to be as cruel and empty of love as ever witnessed. While I expected a realistic contemporary romance, what I got had almost the element of a magical fairy tale – one in which we see why the “wicked step brothers” are wicked, and where love changes all.

    Written by Thoughts from Mill Street on June 29, 2015


    Ms. Higman makes the characters come alive on these pages. And of course there is the romance. Summer and Martin are really great characters that we fall in love with and feel as though they are friends. . .

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on June 29, 2015
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    A whimsical story with fun tender moments and a bit of laughter throughout. Well written with a good plot that moves right along, I found this to be a very enjoyable read.

    Written by Deco My Heart on June 28, 2015
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    Looking for an awesome summer read? Summer’s List by Anita Higman is just the book for you. As a matter of fact, you can read Summer’s List all year round. But I must warn you, be careful because I was hooked on page one. Allow me to introduce you to Summer Snow, Martin Langtree and Laney.

    Written by Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings – A Product Review Blogon June 27, 2015
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    I loved Summer’s grandmother- such a dear lady with a precious faith in the Lord. Granny adores Summer and knows what her grand daughter needs to be happy. The clever idea of completing this list allows Summer to uncover what’s been missing in her life and heart. Granny is one smart cookie with a heart of gold and the way she calls Summer “little love” is utterly endearing. I’d love to read a prequel to Summer’s List that told Granny’s story along with the early days of when Summer and Martin were young.

    Written by Morning Glories and Moonflowers on June 26, 2015
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    I have always loved other books by Anita Higman but to be honest this book didn’t quite meet my expectations this time around.

    I loved most of the story line (Summer fulfilling some goals that her dying grandma makes for her) and the romance but there wasn’t much depth to the story and the characters, especially Martin,. They were just described a little oddly to me and the language and dialogue were stiff and stilted.

    Overall, the book was a little too simplistic and unrealistic and some of the story line (parents just getting up and leaving entire family one day) unbelievable to me. My imagination just didn’t want to grab onto these characters as much as I would have hoped!

    Written by The Review Stew on June 26, 2015
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    I enjoyed reading Summer’s List. This was my first time reading anything by Anita Higman. Summer’s List grabbed me the moment I opened the first page and I couldn not put it down untill the end.

    Written by Our Perfectly Imperfect Life! on June 25, 2015
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    Summer’s List by Anita Higman was a great book for the summer. I loved following along with Summer as she goes through the list of things her grandma wants Summer to complete before her grandma passes away.

    Written by The World As I See It on June 25, 2015
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    I realty enjoyed this book, the storyline, the characters, how nicely the story flowed and everything that was woven into the story. This is a quick read as you are not going to want to put it down as you will become completely immersed in the story and in Summer’s life and fulfilling the list.

    Written by Moments on June 24, 2015
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    I found this novel a delight to read. I loved Martin, a nerdy scientifically minded man with no clue to relationships. I liked Summer’s grandmother, a godly woman and a spiritual inspiration. The plot is different with a subplot difficult to believe (parents leaving). Even though the writing was a bit simplistic, I think it was purposeful it gave the novel a fairy tale kind of feeling. In the end I enjoyed reading the novel.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on June 24, 2015
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  • …It’s been nearly 20 years since Summer last saw her friend Martin and he dives right in with no questions asked. I think this was one reason the conversation was a bit stilted for me and didn’t flow as well for me. The family relationships for Martin were a bit frustrating and harsh as well. Although this did lend way to showing what forgiveness and reconciliation can look like.I’ve heard some great reviews on this one, so this might be one for you!

    Written by Books and Beverages on June 24, 2015

  • I have never read anything from Anita Higman. After reading the synopsis, I thought this would be a great book to get lost in. I was right. It was a book that I could not put down. It was great. There were laugh out loud moments…there were moments when tears filled my eyes. The story kept me turning page after page. It was full of romance and mystery. A great combination.The author’s writing style was great and I can’t wait to read of her work.

    Written by krystlbears Corner on June 23, 2015
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    From the very beginning the writing style reminded me of early twentieth century authors Gene Stratton-Porter and Lloyd C. Douglas. The characters spoke in mini monologues and the motivations were uncomplicated and straightforward. The longer the story went on the more it also hearkened to the moralistic works of Louisa May Alcott, and while none of these are bad associations by any means, it was a little frustrating that every character easily fell into the category of good person or bad person, and the plot lacked complexity. It was disappointing in that sense, although I did enjoy the throwback feel because of my love of classic literature.

    If you enjoy the style of old school storytellers, or are looking for a book that would be safe in the hands of young readers, check it out!

    Written by ReviewsByErin on June 23, 2015
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  • Summer’s List was a story about a grandmother’s wish for her granddaughter to spread her wings and find happiness and love. When Summer tells her Granny, who’s health is failing, that she’ll do anything she asks she’s given a bucket list of things to do. Summer has been unlucky in love, but still holds a tender spot for an old childhood friend. First on the list is looking that friend up and having him do the list with her and see where that takes them.I did feel that the conversation felt a little stilted in places and unrealistic, as were some of the relationships and situations. It was missing that connection and authentic feeling to me, but others may not have those issues.

    Overall Summer’s List was a sweet story of forgiveness, family, friendship, and love.

    Written by Wishful Endings on June 23, 2015
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    I love the idea that one of our childhood friends might just be the love of our life, we might have missed growing up simply because we weren’t focused on finding love over friendship. Who hasn’t had a person in their past that they wonder, what might have happened if things had worked out differently, where would they be now if they had! It’s a way to live vicariously through the characters of Martin and Summer who tackle a wonderful list of things I myself might have to do before this life ends as well. Definitely one you want to make sure winds up on this summer’s reading list. I would give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars!

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on June 23, 2015
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    Every time I read a book by Anita Higman I expect it to have its own unique twist, quirky characters, and fun story. Summer’s List definitely does not disappoint!

    This delightful story is filled with interesting characters, each with their own problems and questions. Anita’s storytelling magic comes to life with the adventures and lessons for all who are impacted by Summer and her granny’s list.

    Written by Southern Gal Loves to Read on June 22, 2015
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    From page one I was hooked! Ok, likely because I am a hopeless romantic. There was just something about every single character that kept me reading, wether it was because I deeply miss my own grandmother, could relate to the estranged family side of the story, or relished the “awww” feeling I got from the swoon-worthy connection of Martin and Summer. If you’re looking for something light and wonderful to read this summer, I highly recommend Summer’s List!

    Written by Home of OHM on June 22, 2015
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    I enjoy Anita Higman’s books but I have to reluctantly say this one isn’t my favorite. There is much to like about it. Summer is an endearing character, and I admire her dedication and love for her family as she cared for her parents and now continues to manage her grandmother’s bookstore. The task her grandmother gives her of completing a list of adventures is intriguing, and renewing an acquaintance with her childhood friend has lots of potential for fun and romance. Although he is rather nerdy and lacking in social skills, Martin shows kindness and sincerity to Summer. However, I really had a hard time getting past the dysfunction in Martin’s family. His brothers were beyond obnoxious, not to mention immature and downright mean, and it was difficult to keep reading at times….

    Written by Mocha with Linda on June 22, 2015
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    This book is not what you expect it to be, it is better! If you think this is your typical summer romance read you are wrong. If you want a story about friendship, family and forgiveness then this is what you want to read. When Summer and Martin rekindle their friendship after 20 years of not seeing each other, you think they will just fall in love and that will be the whole book. This is far from what you are thinking, the book has lots of twist and turns and has a few different relationships going on that will all tie in together.

    Written by Deb’s Book Review on June 21, 2015


    As Summer Snow is advertised as the main character and this book through the title and synopsis will revolve around a life list that her grandmother wants her to complete. Although this takes place in this book, I felt as though there was a lot of focus on a long lost friend that she reconnect with and his family – not Summer and her relationship with him, but instead his relationship with his brothers and his estranged parents. I wish that there had been less focus on him and his brothers.

    Another part that I didn’t love was the language (not foul), but stuffy. The conversation between all the characters felt monotone and too proper – not that there should have been all this slang, but it just didn’t feel real and personal.

    Written by Kritters Ramblings on June 21, 2015


    Summer’s List is a wonderful, fast-paced novel with a moving storyline. Two characters set out on a journey to complete a list given to Summer by her grandmother. This journey changes the them, reveals the past to them, and gives them hope for the future.

    The characters in Summer’s List are interesting and well-developed. The love shown between Summer and her grandmother is very touching and reminds you to cherish every moment you have with your loved ones. Martin Langtree has a difficult relationship with his brothers – whom I wanted to strangle at certain points in this book. Martin loves his brothers and wants to show them what true love, what God’s love, looks like. It was encouraging to see the sacrifice tempered with accountability that Martin gave to his brothers to show them God’s love. This made me reflect on my relationships and how I can better show Christ to others.

    The themes of love, forgiveness, hope, and faith in God are all reflected in Summer’s List. It reminded me of the joy of reconciliation and to never lose hope in the Lord. I was surprised to find a bit of mystery added in. This, along with the tension, kept the book moving at a fast pace. I read it in one sitting!

    I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. It was a joy to read and best of all, I gained encouragement from reading it.

    Written by Simple Harvest Reads on June 20, 2015
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    I really give kudos to the author for writing a very heart and gut grabbing tale that is very realistic in many ways. Anita Higman shows us that without Christ we are truly lost and without answers. With Christ we can be changed and learn to walk in faith, love and hope daily. Perhaps instead of writing a bucket list you might consider writing a list similar to what granny wrote bathed in prayer. A beautiful novel reader will be sure to adore for years to come, and share with others who might like to read a moving tale!

    Written by Seeking with All Yur Heart on June 20, 2015
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    Every book I’ve read by Anita Higman is like an enchanting holiday away from the chaos of life…Summer’s List is a charming tale and excellent choice for a summer read.

    Written by Beauty in Everyday on June 20, 2015
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    This story has a quirkiness about it, some might say it has a modern-day fairytale or allegory feel – and I find that a refreshingly different quality. Sometimes the dialogue seems a little formal, but the story is very touching overall. Poignant, humorous, bittersweet, heartwarming, uplifting – and with a touch of mystery – Summer’s List has a unique flavor that I appreciated. I loved how a once-broken heirloom vase is used in this story to convey this important spiritual truth: “What was hidden had now become known. What was broken was now – by the grace of God – made whole again.”

    Written by The Power of Words on June 19, 2015
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    Anita Higman’s newest novel, Summer’s List, is quite a delight to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of it – it’s an all-around cute and heartwarming read. Fans of contemporary romance should consider picking up this novel by Anita Higman when looking for a new book to read.

    Written by Book by Book on June 19, 2015
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    Martin and his brothers (who are intolerable) seem to come straight out of a gothic novel. The characters’ way of speaking is stilted and incredibly old-fashioned. The storyline was remarkably unbelievable. I never ended up liking any of the characters one bit, except maybe the dear old Granny. I really do not like giving poor reviews of books but this one just flopped for me.

    Written by The Talbert Report on June 19, 2015
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    Summer’s List is a contemporary romance that somehow has the tone of a fairytale. This novel was a unique read for me but it would be difficult for me to express exactly why. Perhaps it was the unusual dialogue in certain scenes that almost made it seem otherworldly. Regardless of why I found it unique, I did enjoy the time I spent within its pages.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on June 18, 2015
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    This story is a fun, different one, about a young woman who has sacrificed to hrlp her family out. I enjoyed The characters, since they are fun and quirky, not to mention memorable. The story has some delightful twists, making this the perfect sumner read (not just because of the title! lol)

    Written by Inklings and Notions on June 18, 2015


    I’m not sure how I feel about this book. There were parts I enjoyed, parts I hated, and parts that just left me confused.

    Summer is a girl who seems to flounder. She is in and out of relationships, and seems to have a hard time making up her mind. She is dearly attached to her grandmother and will pretty much do anything Granny tells her to do. It bugged me that she was so willing to go strike up a relationship with someone she had not seen in 20 years, and expect him to just be there for her.

    Martin is an odd fellow with a rough life. He is hated by his brothers, and is content to just stay out of their way and let them do what they want.

    Written by Ting’s Mom Books on June 18, 2015
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  • A touching novel from start to finish, the perfect addition to your summer reading list. A tale of friendship, love, support and finding the light in the darkness.

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on June 18, 2015


    Overall, I was disappointed with Summer’s List. It lacked character development, depth and connected plots. I don’t normally give such a depressing review, since I try to find good in all novels I read. However, I was just disappointed. It took a lot of will-power to finish – or more like I kept hoping it would get better. Maybe it speaks to you more than me.

    NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Moody Publishing through Litfuse Literary Group for an honest review.

    Written by Just Commonly Blog on June 18, 2015
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    I was first drawn to this book because the plot sounded original and whimsical, the perfect combination for a summer read! And I loved the cover art…now, I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but it generally works out well for me when I do. However, this was not one of those books. Between the stilted dialogue, lack of character depth, and nondescript scenes I have to say that I would not recommend this book.

    Written by Love and a Prayer on June 18, 2015
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    At the beginning of the book, I thought that the writing was a little flowery for my liking. The more that I got into the book, the more that I realized that it was that way because it was displaying Summer’s personality. There is an adventure unfolding following Granny’s list with Summer and Martin which makes the book interesting yet predictable path. The list is already set so you know what is going to happen in the future even if you don’t know exactly the right order but I still had trouble putting the book down to see what was going to happen next. That being the case, the ending of the book is still amazing and unexpected. There are lots of ups and down that had me laughing and crying! I hope that you check out this book and see for yourself.

    Written by NOVA Frugal Family on June 17, 2015
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    Poignant and funny. A gentle love story that sparks to life from the muted embers of a long ago childhood friendship. And there’s an almost magical quality to Summer and Martin’s story. Like they’ve been living under a spell until they reconnect as adults.

    Written by Best Reads on June 17, 2015
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    Summer’s List is an amazing story about beautiful friendship, romance in the works, and a just plain fun adventure. Anita Higman has written many books and this book doesn’t lack in the least. I enjoyed the characters’ attitudes and personalities. I look forward to reading many more of her wonderful books.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on June 16, 2015
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    Summer is one of those people who just does and does for others and never thinks of herself. Will she grab hold of the romance or will she put herself at the last of the line again and let love pass her by? The author, Ms. Hagman wrote a book, very well written, with mystery and romance in one Texas summer, that leaves the reader to solve the mystery and decide what will happen about the romance.

    Written by BOOKS REVIEWS ETC on June 16, 2015
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    Who can fail to be enchanted by a novel with a character in it called Granny Snow, owner of Once Upon A Time book shop?

    Follow Summer as she works through her Granny’s list. See the different family dynamics – the story of the prodigal son, but with a twist.
    Watch friendships renewed.
    Be amazed at how God can mend broken lives.
    Enchanting, delightful and totally magical.

    Written by Avid Reader Reviews on June 16, 2015
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    Wow, A truly touching book. I love this type of story. It was unique and different from any that I have read. I truly enjoyed that about the book.

    Written by cherylbbookblog on June 16, 2015


    Summer Snow hasn’t had an easy life. Her parents had been injured in an accident, so Summer gave up college to care for them. Then they died, but she still had her beloved granny’s bookstore to run. Then there’s her social life–two engagements, no marriage. After breaking up with soon-to-be-senator Elliot Whitfield, she runs to Granny for consolation only to find that Granny’s congestive heart failure has run its course and she will soon be gone. Summer is devastated! How can she live without the last person in the world she loves and who loves her? Granny is at peace, but asks Summer to do something for her. She has written a list of things that she wants Summer to do before she’s gone. Somewhat reluctantly, Summer agrees.

    Written by Positive Grace on June 16, 2015
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    I Love Love Loved Martin and Summer. This was such an emotional read and full of happy endings that you won’t want to miss.

    Granny was one of those characters that you just love and can see her as your own granny.

    I loved the storyline the bucket list that someone else gives you just so that you can find your long lost childhood best friend and fall in love was ingenuous. Anita has done it again, this one is a winner in my book.

    I gave this book 5 stars. I HIGHLY recommend it.

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

    Written by The Mary Book Reader on June 15, 2015
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