SUMMER OF LIGHT
An odd conversation
leads to a series of events that caution the reader to have faith because, as Mick learns, "one never knows what the day will bring." Around this theme, Cramer crafts a beautiful story filled with humor, gritty reality, subtle truths, warm-hearted prose and touching characters. Readers will enjoy such a refreshing and humanly transparent novel.
Mick Branningan takes pride in his family and his job. When his youngest son shows signs of needing extra attention, Mick is asked to be the "housewife" while his wife works. He initially refuses, but an odd conversation with a homeless man sets off a series of events that resigns Mick to the task of stay-at-home dad.
When an acquaintance detects Mick's gift for photography, he soon finds himself seeing life and people through the eyes of a lens -- and finding himself and God along the way. (BETHANY HOUSE, Feb., 400 pp., $13.99)