You’re going to need tissues for this one!
One Last Adirondack Summer (Release Date: May 29, 2017)
What do you do when your brother asks for one last Adirondack summer?
John Taylor and Tommy Jackman have been best friends since age eight, the day they made a blood brother pact to stick together through thick and thin. Every year since, they’ve spent their summers at John’s Adirondack camp, and gotten together whenever they can during the year.
Their pact will be put to the ultimate test when Tommy asks John to take him back to the lake to die. Without hesitation, John packs up Tommy and his beloved dog, Jasper, and drives his blood brother from Colorado to the Adirondack Mountains of New York.
It is the hardest thing John has ever done.
But the friends give each other a precious gift, the chance to share their lives one last time before Tommy no longer has a future. They remember all the firsts they shared: the first drink, the first smoke, the first night with a girl.
As Tommy’s life winds down, John holds on, blood brother scar against blood brother scar, until he realizes it’s not their last Adirondack summer. In this place, where they crossed the bridge from childhood to adulthood together, Thomas Michael Jackman will always be with him.
Take the journey with John and Tommy as they learn the grim lesson of how letting go can sometimes be the best way to hold on.
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Every now and then, it’s good to have a good cry. It’s cathartic. I had a feeling that this story was going to be very evocative and man was it ever! I flip-flopped back and forth between laughing and crying throughout this entire book. Admittedly, there were more tears than chuckles towards the end but it was so touching.
It’s very rare to meet your closest and dearest friend as a child, and still maintain that closeness into adulthood but that’s what these two characters did. Their journey through life, and in this case till death, is pretty incredible.
This is a powerful read my friends, and a very good one. The writing is excellent, making you feel everything that Johnny and Tommy feel. I really enjoyed it and it was so nice to read something completely different from my usual TBR list.
One Last Adirondack Summer will make you feel nostalgic for your childhood, and appreciative of your life and loved ones, just as I’m sure the author intended.
About the Author
Heidi Sprouse lives in upstate NY in historic Johnstown. She attended college at St. Rose in Albany, knowing all along her two loves were teaching and English. It took four years before she landed the teaching job of her dreams, but twenty years later she is still nurturing little ones in pre-K. She loves the privilege of watching brand-new little humans as they discover and begin to shape their own worlds.
Knowing what she wants and going after it in relentless pursuit is Heidi’s gift. Deciding to become an author can be downright unnerving, but Heidi bit into the challenge, took off, and never looked back. Her perseverance proves success is not a matter of luck; it’s a matter of finding what speaks to your heart, and committing to do that thing until it makes a difference.
When she isn’t busy teaching or with her husband, Jim, her son, Patrick, and her canine kids Chuck and Dale, she’s cooking up her next novel. She dabbles in sweet romances, historical fiction, and suspense thrillers, depending on what pleases her reader’s eye at any given moment. Heidi is always in search of the extraordinary in the ordinary, writing about strong men with old-fashioned values and the women who pick them up when they fall. She’ll tell anyone it’s never too late to chase after your dreams, no dream is too small or insignificant, and any mountain can be moved with a proposal and a good plan.