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Under A Summer Sky

Nan Rossiter

ISBN 9780758283917
Publish Date 4/29/2014
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Kensington, General, Women's Fiction, Family Life

New York Times bestselling author Nan Rossiter transports readers to Cape Cod with a warm, compelling story of family, new beginnings, and finding the courage to love honestly and well…

The old Cape Cod house that Laney Coleman shares with her minister husband Noah and their five boys is usually brimming with cheerful chaos. There’s nothing fancy about the ancient kitchen or the wooden floors scuffed by the constant parade of activity and the clicking claws of their two Labrador retrievers. It’s a place to savor the sea breeze wafting through the windows, or sip coffee on the porch before another hectic day begins. This summer, life promises to be even busier than usual, because Noah’s younger brother, Micah, wants to hold his upcoming wedding on their property.

Though thrilled that Micah has found happiness after past heartache, Laney is apprehensive about having her home turned upside down. She has other concerns too—her youngest son is being bullied at school, and Noah’s father is not the robust patriarch he once was, in mind or body. As the bride and groom’s large, close-knit families gather, there will be joyful celebration but also unexpected sorrows and revelations, and a chance to store up a lifetime of memories during the fleeting, precious days of summer…

Praise for the novels of Nan Rossiter

“A gripping story of three sisters, of love lost and found and a family’s journey from grief to triumph. A sure winner.” —Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on More Than You Know

"Eloquent and surprising...I love this story of faith, love, and the lasting bonds of family." —Ann Leary, author of The Good House on The Gin & Chowder Club

Discussion Questions

1. Faith is a predominant theme in this book. Do you think people shy away from openly talking about their faith? Why?

2. Many people are turned off by religion and don’t even like to see it included in books. It seems Christianity is increasingly a target for oppression—especially at Christmastime. Why is this happening? Do you think it plays a role in the decline of our society?

3. One night at dinner, Asa, Maddie, Micah, and Beryl discuss the behavioral problems of today’s children. Asa blames the lack of discipline in the home and the breakdown of the family structure; Maddie, on the other hand, believes the inherent personality of the child must also be considered. With whom do you agree? Why?

4. Asher witnesses Jeff telling Jared he is going to kill him. Do you think if Asher had told someone it would have made a difference? In today’s society, threats are often taken lightly. How should this issue be addressed?

5. After Jared’s funeral, Noah and Laney have a similar discussion. Laney believes the world is a safer place without Jared. Noah counters that if Jared had been placed in a loving home and taught responsibility, he could have been rehabilitated. Who do you think is right? Do you think a boy like Jared—who seems inherently cruel—can be rehabilitated?

6. Laney worries that Asher will be a victim of cyber bullying someday. At the same time, she’s dismayed when he reveals he might not want a Facebook page. How has cyber bullying become a problem in our society and is there a way to prevent it?

7. One theme that threads through the book is the struggle to be forthcoming. Laney, Asa, and Asher all withhold critical information. Discuss their reasons and the impact their decisions have on others. Do you agree with their decisions?

8. From the beginning, it is clear that Noah feels very strongly about being honest and forthcoming . . . no matter what the consequences. In the end, his conviction is shaken. What is his dilemma and how is it resolved?

9. The Coleman household is often filled with chaos, or as Noah likes to call it, “blessed pandemonium.” Our lives, too, are filled with appointments, meetings, deadlines, and demands; and the overwhelming expansion of technology only seems to exacerbate the situation. Do you ever wish for simpler times? What are some ways we can slow down and get back to the basics?

About Nan Rossiter:

Nan Rossiter was born in Mount Vernon, New York. She grew up in Pelham, New York, and in Barkhamsted, Connecticut. From a young age she loved to draw. After high school, she attended Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a BFA in illustration.

After working in the freelance field and creating art for internationally recognized companies such as Viking, MasterCard, and UPS, Nan began writing and illustrating books for children. She is the author-illustrator of several children’s books, including, most recently, The Fo’c’sle: Henry Beston’s "Outermost House".

Nan lives in rural Connecticut with her husband and two handsome sons,. When she’s not working, she enjoys hiking with her family or reading a good book.

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Customer Review

under a summer sky (Tuesday, June 30, 2015)
Reviewer: Jbarr5

Under a Summer Sky by Nan Rossiter
Have read other books by the author and love that they take me to Cape Cod where things are yet undiscovered there for me.
With the beginning there is a page worth of the characters-there's a bunch of them but don't let that fool you. It's easy to keep track of who is who. Love the secrets that come out, not only of the family relationships but the adventures into known jaunts around the cape.
Book is broken up into parts where the first one is how Noah and Laney met in the early years. Next part is about Micah's wedding where they will hold it on Noah/Laney's beach front along with their 5 boys and animals. Noah is a minister and the book is religious in helping us understand why things are what they are.
Such an easy going read. Love the tradition of reading of the poems, so cool! Life and death go on as another summer comes, Laney is done teaching and all the boys are home-2 from college. They all go their separate ways during the day, home for dinner at night...
What I really like about this book is that every generation is going through life events and they are brought forward. So you have aged adults going through chemo, mid adults going through raising kids of all ages, young ones just finding love for the first time and a family wedding.
Other obstacles face them and are dealt with, as they are everyday issues that can mean life or death to some. Some family recipes are included.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

“A Homespun Tale That Will Take You on an Emotional Roller-Coaster Ride” (Monday, April 28, 2014)
Reviewer: Nancy Narma

Ms. Rossiter has done it again! What a fantastic heart-warmer! Noah and Laney Coleman have a wonderful but chaotic life, centered around their family and their old Cape Cod-style house. Noah is a minister and Laney teaches first grade. Life is never dull for the Colemans –(especially with five sons), but there’s nothing they can’t handle. That is, until Noah’s Brother, Micah “Rocks the boat”. He has become engaged to a sweet lady named Beryl Graham and asks if they can hold the wedding on Noah and Laney’s stretch of beach. Without consulting Laney, Noah agrees. Ordinarily, it wouldn’t put a hitch into any other plans—but when medical and serious family problems rear their ugly heads, Laney wonders and worries how everything will get accomplished in time for the nuptials. Add to the already “Full plate”, mounting worries concerning Asa’s (Noah and Micah’s Father) noticeable frailty and waning interest in family participation, perhaps creating another cause for alarm. Against Maddie’s (Asa’s wife) wishes, not a word is spoken within the family about what might, or might not be wrong. The Author has tackled the tender and difficult topics of cancer and how it affects the strongest of families, bullying –which has become an ongoing, national problem that must be addressed for the safety, physical, and mental well-being of children of any age, and grief ..which is handled differently by everyone. I’m going to warn you—once you start reading this, you won’t want to lay it down. You’ll gasp, laugh, and hold your breath, praying for the best. You will definitely need a box of tissues close at hand. On a lighter note, you’ll love the Colemans (and their In-laws, “Out-laws”, their beautiful, sweet Labs and all who cherish them), making you wait impatiently for a future volume and the next generation’s heart-warming stories. Ms. Rossiter pulls you right in, instantly making you feel like you are a part of the Coleman family. She has graciously included a handy listing of characters plus a couple of delicious-sounding “Coleman Family” recipes you’re sure to want to try. I’m planning on trying the peach cobbler, myself! You don’t need to read her first three volumes to understand and enjoy this prize-winner, but I’m betting you’ll want to delve into: “The Gin and Chowder Club”, “More Than You Know”, and “Words Get In The Way”. If there is one thought-provoking message I combed from this book, it is about the importance of embracing and savoring every moment we have been given and to tell those we love (and extending kindness to those we don’t) that we love them. It will make a difference in someone’s life, as well as yours. Don’t miss this passionate volume!
Nancy Narma


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