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Publisher's Summary

The number one New York Times best-selling author of The Book of Lost Friends and Before We Were Yours presents an uplifting novel set in a small Texas neighborhood where unexpected challenges and new relationships give deeper meanings to "home".

When 18-year-old Tam Lambert learns that her family’s upscale home is in foreclosure, the life she's known is forever changed. Tam and her family must move into a tiny house in a changing Dallas neighborhood called Blue Sky Hill....

New resident Shasta Reid-Williams knows nothing of real estate schemes when she and her husband purchase a home in Blue Sky Hill. To her, it’s the perfect place to raise her children. Better yet is getting to know Tam, who lives right across the street. When neighbors realize that a corrupt deal could force them from their homes, friendships and loyalties are tested.

Over the span of one summer, two young women discover the strength and maturity to do the impossible. They find that even in Blue Sky Hill, life-altering relationships and amazing possibilities can begin to blossom....

©2018 Lisa Wingate (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Beyond Summer is beyond good. It’s great!" (Sandra Dallas, New York Times best-selling author)

"A timely story about finding strength and wealth in the most unlikely of places." (Booklist)

"If you are looking for a great book this summer, be sure to put Beyond Summer on your reading list. The characters will find a place in your heart. I didn't think I would ever find a book that came close to Tending Roses, but Beyond Summer might have matched it." (The McGregor Mirror TX)

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Character development—unreal

Wingate is unreal at developing characters and connecting their story plots across multiple novels! A master at literacy, she does it again! Great story and narration!

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Such a Good Message

I really enjoyed this audible book. Some of it was difficult- to realize the suffering that happens in some people’s lives. However it was inspiring to read how Tam saw truth and reality in life.

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Stick with it!!!!!! The narration will grow on you!!!

I almost called Audible to exchange it but I didn’t & was warmed all over by the story of each character & how every life was changed, in a really good way!!!

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Couldn’t get past the narrators voices

The story was not gripping and the narrators voices were annoying as heck. It’s pretty rare that I won’t finish a book but this one is a dud, sorry!

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Excellent

Lisa Wingate's book's are uplifting. Each have a different message they manage to portray. Also, all the different perspectives from her characters add a depth to all her books.

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Great read

This is an older Lisa Wingate novel. But great. As always the characters are so well developed and engaging. If you like her novels, go read the ones you have not read in the past.

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I almost sent this one back

One review said she almost sent this back and to hang in there so I did. It was just ok. I wanted to skip the chapters about the creepy Ceesay but didn’t so I could figure out why she was in this story. She did not fit. I figured the author was trying to educate the reader about sugar field slavery in Louisiana 65+ years ago. That’s why she was old but she had not evolved in all those years? The narrator of Shasta made her sound stupid and loud but the book does not portray her as stupid. Didn’t like Barbie. I liked Tam and Cody and Aunt Lute. Even the kids were portrayed with delayed speech. That was annoying. I guess I didn’t like it much at all although I did like Summer Kitchen a lot

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Good listen with a good message

As with all of her books, Lisa Wingate writes beautifully and creates entirely believable characters that make you feel sad to leave behind when the book ends. Beyond Summer was fun because she incorporates characters from other books in the Blue Sky series. I have to say that while the homeless woman in this book was included for a reason, I didn’t like her. Maybe that was on purpose, but in my opinion her story was never fully resolved. But definitely a good read with messages about class and the meaning of true friendship.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this!!

I have come to enjoy all of Lisa Wingate's series and this series is no exception. Try it, you won't be sorry.

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The narration was confusing. The character with the strong accent was often not understandable. The characters quoted other people in their own voice, not the other person’s voice. That made it hard to tell who was speaking. Just confusing. Not much action. Not as good as many of her other books.