One Summer, by David Baldacci. Unabridged audio.
This is the third time that Baldacci has gone "off script" from his wiriting of thrillers and instead written a family drama.
In this one, a man in the last few days of his life is dying from an incurable disease. In the days before Christmas, his wife dies in an accident and his children go to live with her parents. But instead of dying, he miraculously recovers, and takes his three children to the beaches in South Carolina (from their home in Cleveland) to visit his wife's childhood home.
I enjoyed the novel, although it did suffer from genre-hopping. What starts as a family drama turns at times into a coming-of-age novel, a romance, and a legal thriller. I appreciated the main point of the work, but not as much the overall execution. There are some nice character moments, especially in the teenage duaghter.