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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Summer's Wisdom by Heather Hummel Gallagher (Book Review)


Book Review

Summer's Wisdom by Heather Hummel Gallagher
Book 1: Camden Lake Tales Series
Publisher: Independent Self Publisher
Publication Date: December 21, 2021
Format: Paperback - 212 pages
               Kindle - 2069 KB - 214 pages
ISBN: 979-8785495982
Genre: Women's Fiction

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Book Description: 

She was left on the steps of church at birth. Her birthmother finds her three decades later. At the pinnacle of her career and life can she learn to trust in love?

Jamie Jacobson loves food. Abandoned at birth, the thirty-six-year-old caterer eases her soul through providing sustenance for others. But when she wins the career defining opportunity to cater the town’s biggest event, the woman who gave her away makes an unexpected and unwanted appearance.

Reeling after her biological mother rolls into her life, seeking reconciliation, Jamie struggles to focus on the kitchen task at hand. And though she’s falling for the handsome musician hired to play at the gala, her conflicted heart still fears she’s not worthy of affection.

Will Jamie overcome a lifetime of self-doubt to triumph in life and in love?

Summer's Wisdom is a heart-centered piece of women’s literature. If you enjoy complex characters, a hint of speculation, and overcoming obstacles, then you’ll love Heather Hummel Gallagher’s compelling story.

Book Excerpt:

My Book Review:

In Summer's Wisdom, author Heather Hummel Gallagher weaves a wonderful women's fiction story that follows Jamie Jacobson's journey of self-discovery, as she learns to overcome a life of self-doubt, in order to find love and happiness. 

In the spring of 1990 when Jamie Jacobson was sixteen years old, her parents told her that she was adopted after she was born on Christmas Eve of 1974, and left on the steps of a church wrapped in a blanket and placed in a basket. That information turned everything Jamie knew in her life upside down, and she grows up with abandonment and self-doubt issues.

Fast forward to the summer of 2014, forty year old Jamie and her best friend Trinity had moved in 2009 from their hometown in Rhode Island to Pacific Grove, California, and Jamie has been growing her local catering company. Trinity gives Jamie an opportunity to put her catering company on the map with a large party on her ranch at the end of August. While they were planning the party, Jamie has an unexpected reunion with Phil Maxwell, a boy she had met at camp in Camden Lake, Maine back in the summer of 1990. Phil is an oceanographer and musician, who is hired to play at Trinity's party. Jamie is busy coordinating the menu with Phil's song list for the Cinderella themed event, when out of the blue her birthmother has found her and wants to meet. Jamie is conflicted over meeting her birthmother and dealing with a lifetime of abandonment and self-doubt issues, but her choice will lead her on a journey of self-discovery that will guide her to finding her career passion, love, and happiness. 

Set in Pacific Grove, California with a backstory set in Providence, Rhode Island and Camden, Maine, the author weaves a fascinating tale that easily engages the reader to follow Jamie's journey as she learns to overcome her life issues in order to find self-worth, fulfill her career passion, and provide love and happiness that she seeks in life. 

The author does a wonderful job of describing Jamie's journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I loved reading about Jamie's past, and how dealing with her life issues she was finally able to get the answers that she had been seeking for so long, giving her the ability to move forward with her life.

Summer's Wisdom is a heartwarming and thoroughly enjoyable story. You can't help but root for Jamie as she discovers that her world is filled with a loving family and friendship, along with a sense of belonging, finding love, following one's passion, and that she's ultimately in control of how she lives her life with self-acceptance and happiness. 

Summer's Wisdom is an inspirational and feel good women's fiction story that will pull at your heartstrings, touch your soul, and leave a smile on your face. 


About The Author

Heather Hummel Gallagher is a New York Book Festival award-winning novelist of the Journals from the Heart Series.

Heather's novels include the Journals from the Heart series -- New York Book Festival Award-Winning Whispers from the Heart and the second in the series, Write from the Heart. The third,Wisdom from the Heart, is forthcoming. Her stand-alone novels are In God We Trust, and Call it Kismet, which was featured on the cover of Bedside Reading.

As a ghostwriter, Heather has penned over a dozen books and counting. Her clients include corporations, politicians, philanthropists, dating coaches, real estate agents, public figures, and business leaders. With experience in both traditional and independent publishing, Heather's diverse background and knowledge of the industry appealed to many authors seeking a qualified ghostwriter.

By personal request from Arianna Huffington, Heather is a featured blogger in the Arts & Culture section of the Huffington Post. Her article titled "Why Agents Reject 96% of Author Submissions" gained remarkable attention in the industry, including ReTweets from Publishers Weekly and many quality literary agents.

Television, print, and radio coverage for her clients’ books include: The Today Show and other regional shows; Publishers Weekly, USA Today and the Washington Post; and in magazines that include: Health, Body & Soul, First, and Spry Living, a combined circulation of nearly 20 million in print alone.  A contributing author in Successful eBook Publishing: The Complete How-to Guide for Creating and Launching Your Amazon Kindle eBook by David Wogahn, Heather shares her wisdom in a chapter on ghostwriting.

​A former high school English teacher turned novelist and ghostwriter, Heather followed her grandmother’s footsteps with the written word.

Born in Greenwich, CT, Heather soon left New England and spent her twenties and thirties traveling and living in every corner of the US. Eventually, she settled down and married for the first time in her early-fifties. She and her husband, Stephen, have two pups, Kizzy and Luna. 

Heather's second career is as a land and seascape photographer. Her work is represented by Agora Gallery in the Chelsea District of New York City. A graduate with High Distinction from the University of Virginia, Heather holds a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree with concentrations in English and Secondary Education.


2009 Mature Media Awards, Merit Award: Gracefully
2009 New York Book Festival, Women's Literature: Whispers from the Heart
Noted as a top "Books for Grownups" by Publishers Weekly: Gracefully
Essays: Messages of Hope and Healing (Sunpiper Media, 2006) Blue Ridge Anthology (Cedar Creek, 2007)

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