Summer Melody

Summer Melody In a town called Daedalus Falls it s easy for the weight of wings to overwhelm But in the summer of three generations of women in the Stanton family realize untapped strengths that give them th

  • Title: Summer Melody
  • Author: Toddie Downs
  • ISBN: 9781935961444
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a town called Daedalus Falls, it s easy for the weight of wings to overwhelm But in the summer of 1992, three generations of women in the Stanton family realize untapped strengths that give them the power to soar As her aging mother falls prey to the ravages of dementia, Bonnie races to make sense of both her past and present, discovering that the truth of long buriedIn a town called Daedalus Falls, it s easy for the weight of wings to overwhelm But in the summer of 1992, three generations of women in the Stanton family realize untapped strengths that give them the power to soar As her aging mother falls prey to the ravages of dementia, Bonnie races to make sense of both her past and present, discovering that the truth of long buried family secrets has the power to destroy or to heal Her niece Meg, meanwhile, is planning a wedding to the perfect man and then watching fear and uncertainty pull them apart Finally, teenage Jane, turning away from the burden of family history, comes of age in a way she never thought possible as she learns to care for an autistic boy Ultimately, all three women discover grace and truth within themselves and their common bonds in this story of love and hope Summer Melody is a testament to how, in the face of tremendous challenges, family can bring us strength to survive, endure, and maybe even flourish.

    One thought on “Summer Melody”

    1. This is an intriguing story of a family's highs and lows of life. The dilemmas faced by each generation are starkly different, but so beautifully intertwined that the book is a captivating read.I was struck by the many parallels of the story and my own life. This is a book that most anyone can relate to and I have given it to my teenage daughter to read.

    2. Summer Melody tells an engaging story that pulls the reader into the relationships and communication of several generations as they deal with some of the life-issues that touch many of usling with the spectrum of emotions dealing with aging parents with memory losses and diminished capacity, young adults and adolescents, parenting and care of a child in the autistic spectrumrious concerns indeed. The story, however, is told with sensitivity and a down-to-earth realism that combines well with the [...]

    3. This was a fun YA read - a coming of age of a young girl who doesn't feel like she fits in, and she finds herself taking care of a young boy with an autism spectrum disorder, in parallel stories her mom is trying to care take for the aging grandmother and a cousin who is trying to make sense of changes in her relationship with her fiancé. This would be a good book for a mom and daughter 12 + to discuss over summer vacation.

    4. It’s the summer of 1992. Jane is happy school is out and looking forward to a summer of not having to try to fit in at school. She never dreams that she would be getting a job. She loves taking care of an autistic little boy. Bonnie has been visiting her Mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, in the nursing home and realizes there are secrets from the past she needs to uncover. Meg is planning her marriage to the love of her life, but fears that the wedding will not happen. All three girls ar [...]

    5. Family dynamics were the focus of this book with the story of a woman, Bonnie, her daughter, Jane, and her niece, Meg. The different generations were artfully crafted into a want to read to find out what becomes of the trio. I enjoyed the multi generational pull that three dealt with in their own lives. Jane as a teenager struggling to be accepted at school and hold down a part time job. Bonnie the Mom also struggling her past and the present with her Mother and sister, and her teenage daughter. [...]

    6. I couldn't put this book down. It is a sensitive and authentic portrait of three small-town women who are related and who encounter enough heart-wrenching challenges during one summer to last a decade. The trio of women in this novel are characters you come to care about--that you root for, that you want good things for. Each one faces different challenges. Each one makes mistakes. It is beautifully and thoughtfully written novel that fits like your favorite cotton sweater. Toddie Downs' attenti [...]

    7. I loved this book! I stayed up late reading it several nights. The characters were very genuine and believable. I enjoyed how they spanned several generations, so you got to see the world of the book from the eyes of a 12-year-old, a tough single mom, and a young woman just entering into her first serious relationship, as well as the spiteful, old grandmother heading into memory loss.You really find yourself rooting for them and hoping they make the right decisions, or, when they don't, hoping t [...]

    8. I really enjoyed this book. It's a fast read with engaging characters. I love books with strong female characters and this has 3! The story revolves around the lives of 3 generations of women in 1 family over the course of a summer. Each has difficulties to overcome and like life itself there aren't always cut and dry answers to life's challenges. This would be a great book for book clubs as there are many interesting areas of discussion. Do yourself a favor and give this book a read.

    9. Toddie Downs has created a compelling first novel. Try as I might to slow down, I tore through the book in two days. I cheered for her cast of authentic characters as they confronted and unwound generations of hurt, loss, and survival. This novel would make an excellent book club selection. I can imagine the animated discussions Downs' first novel would inspire.

    10. Story was decent, kind of boring. I'm still not sure what the point of the book was. There wasn't much of a beginning or an end, just lots of middle. Very anti-climactic. Characters were likable for the most part. One character has Autism and one has Alzheimer's, so that part was interesting.

    11. Quick and easy read but it was far from being a favorite book. It was just "ok" for me. Obviously, I'm in the minority.

    12. Summer Melody, by Toddie Downs, is a novel revolving around three related women and the personal struggles they go through during the span of one summer. Bonnie is the mother to fourteen year old Jane and the aunt to twenty-something Meg. Summer Melody demonstrates the different stages you go through during life. Downs' does a great job in writing a realistic and honest book. It would be easy to believe the fictitious Summer Melody was actually about a real family and the struggles they faced.Fr [...]

    13. I received a digital edition of this book from the publisher as an early reviewer read. I enjoyed the story. I would rather have given the book a 3 1/2, but that's not available. The story is about a family of women-three generations in one family. First there is the Grandmother Elizabeth who is suffering from Alzheimer's. Then her two daughters Bonnie and Vivian. Then Vivian's daughter Meg and Bonnie's two children-Jane and Davey. There's not many men in the book-only Meg's dad who we hardly se [...]

    14. Three generations of females.Bonnie and her older sister Vivian grew up with a mother Elizabeth who didn't know how to love them and saw them more of a burden than a blessing. Now she's in the Alzheimer's Unit in a nursing home while Bonnie makes an effort to visit her daily despite Elizabeth's negative and hurtful comments. In her bad days, Elizabeth rambles about things unknown to Bonnie and Bonnie has no idea whether this talk is truth or just the ramblings of the disease. Vivian's daughter M [...]

    15. Three generations of women’s stories interweave as each must find their own hidden strengths. Bonnie must come to terms with her aging mother’s secrets. Her niece, Meg, is set to marry her perfect match, but when adversity strikes will they become closer or will they be pushed apart? Bonnie’s daughter, Jane, is a 14 year old who is given responsibility of a neighbor’s autistic 5-year old, but will it be too much for her?As soon as I understood what relationship each character had with on [...]

    16. Received this book from giveaway and was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it! Loved the women! In fact it was only about women.l generations! I feel for Bonnie! Great mom.ngle mom aunt. relationship with her kidshappy with her placetakes over what she has to do to keep peacea great daughtera good sistermeone I can relate to!Janesweet the wrong place in this worldteenagerhard life.s hardBut she's still a kid!Megdependentfree I was shocked of the turn of events! A guy like that doesn't des [...]

    17. This was an excellent book about women and relationships, both internal and external. From a Grandmother with Alzheimers to her two daughters who have completely different relationships with her, to a granddaughter who is struggling with and upcoming marriage and snobbish in-laws, to another granddaughter who has found a gift in caring for a boy with autism. Each turn of the page is emotionally gripping and draws you into the lives, feelings and interactions between them. You will share their fe [...]

    18. While reading this book a number of people asked me why I was reading a "chick flick". Even my wife was surprised that I enjoyed it. Although I understand why the question was asked, saying that this book is for women doesn't do it justice. Although it is the story of three women there is much more to it. The characters feel real. The problems they face and how they handle them feels authentic. Parts of the book are funny, parts are sad and some parts a little scary. It is a great book to read a [...]

    19. Interesting characters - I liked the way it moved through the different characters' perspectives. As a parent of a child with autism I thought his inclusion in the book was well done (though people's initial reactions to him seemed less aware/more out-dated than seems reasonable in this day and time with autism so prevalent; but, it was a small town so that may be the reason. I found the place the author ended the book abrupt. I enjoyed the read, it was a quick read Iooked forward to picking bac [...]

    20. This was an enjoyable book. Jane a 14 year old who is trying to find herself gets a job babysitting Charley, a 5 year old boy who has a form of Autism. Meg her cousin who has a track record of not keeping a boyfriend for long is finally engaged to Brady. Bonnie, Jane' mother, is trying to deal with her mother, Elizabeth. Elizabeth has Alzheimer's and is now living in a nursing home. This book goes through the struggles of these three women. How each deals with what comes at them and how it draws [...]

    21. Interesting story, too many charactersThis story was really hard for me to keep straight, maybe because I don't have long stretches of time to soak a lot of the book in at once but for the first 3rd of the book I had trouble keeping, Jane, Bonnie and Meg straight.I did however enjoy how the story came together and ultimately I thought it was quite an enjoyable read. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a nice beach read!

    22. I just finished reading Summer Melody by Toddie Downs. A moving story of three generations which is told from the view point of three of the characters, Bonnie, the mother, Meg, her niece, and Jane, her daughter. A dying grandmother with Alzheimers, a young boy who is autistic, a young man with post-traumatic stress disorder, an overbearing future mother-in-law, this family has all this and more to deal with over the summer. A wonderful book for discussion I would recommend this book to anyone.

    23. I received this ebook through library things early review program. This was a nice coming of age story. It followed 3 generations of woman going through some of lifes many struggles. Each chapter is dedicated to one of the characters, which at first I found a bit confusing to follow. The characters are well developed and overall it was a good read.

    24. I received this as an Early reviewers ebook. I enjoyed this easy to read coming of age story. The struggles of the three main characters were well detailed and relevant. The alternating chapters from the perspective of each character made the story flow nicely from beginning to end and each characters story was equally compelling. I read this in one afternoon and it was a nice distraction.

    25. A coming of age story, with secrets across the generations, are explored in this book, form the perspective of a young teenage girl and her mother, who is caring for her own mother who has Alzheimer's.

    26. Three women of different ages, mom, daughter and niece/cousin all deal with issues in their lives that have or are scarring them. Didn't care for the ending, but liked the story told from 3 different people. Made them very human and sympathetic.

    27. a page turner. kept me up some nights when couldn't sleep. rhese three characters are very well put together. I saw a bit of my own mom in elizabeth & a bit of myself & my oldest sister in bonnie. liked how the relationship developed in jane looking after 6 years old charley.

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