“Summer Dream ” is the first in the “Seasons of the Heart” series by Martha Rogers. The series is set in Connecticut in 1888, the year of what historians call “The White Hurricane.” This particular story follows the Winston family, in particular Rachel, one of the main characters. She is the daughter of a minister and lives at home waiting until she can find a suitor. But in her small town, there aren’t many options. She believes that if she to go visit her aunt in Boston, she might be able to find someone. Until Nathan Reed shows up and a flame is lit. But though they are attracted to each other, Nathan avoids her because he isn’t warm to Christianity.
And yet Nathan always gets brought back to that town, and during one of those times there was a horrible blizzard. Nathan almost died right nearby the Winston home before they took him in to minister health to him. Through that experience he learned a great deal – he found faith and a new lease on life. He also learned to forgive and now he must return to his own family so reconciliation can take place. Will he leave before Rachel can make a final decision on what she wants to do with her life?
This was the first book of Martha Rogers that I have read, and it was really well done. It is exciting to think of what the next in the series will be like!
The cover gives you an idea of what the setting of the whole novel will be and makes it seem as if you are really there. In her previous novels I had noticed the covers had that creepy-looking computerized model of a person, but this one is not like that at all.
Now for the characters: I very much liked Rachel. She was very charming and helpful to her family. In those days that was a great benefit, especially when families typically had more than 4 children. It was amazing to read about how much people did in those days. For instance, for church services on Sundays the women would arrange flowers. And the effort they went to for dinner parties is just something that you don’t see nowadays. It was fun to read the details and lengths they go to, just for a dinner with friends. Nathan sounded super handsome from his description, and ended up to be a very sweet and sincere man.
It was a pretty straightforward novel, and a very easy and enjoyable read for me. The anticipation for the next in the series is the worst part. Check out this if you’re looking for a light fiction read.