A Summer in Oakville

A Summer in Oakville

co-authored with Shellie Neumeier

One Magical Summer in Oakville, Wisconsin,
Love Finds its Way through Four Entwined Lives.

Tessa Hasmer Murphy has a secret. Estranged from her husband, will she let a past love and a fight to save the family farm destroy her marriage and daughter Lindsay’s happiness?

Lindsay Murphy plans to live on her grandparents’ farm until she can find a job, but developer Brandon Calloway has other plans for the property. As she wages war against him, will she lose her heart and the farm both?

Widower Arthur Hasmer’s life and that of his son, Andy, spiral out of control. Then old friend, Dana London, reenters the picture with the power to help them all back to love, joy and faith.

Andy Hasmer has the ultimate bummer life. No mom, not much of a dad, no future. When he’s sent to the farm and wrecks the truck, nothing could be worse than the lousy job he takes to pay Grampa back—except maybe putting up with the pastor’s daughter, Ella.

c. Lisa J Lickel

September 1, 2011 From BlackLyon Publishing

 A Five-Star Reader's Favorite!

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ISBN: 978-1-934912-39-3
Price: $16.95 paperback
Price: $8.00 Ebook (PDF format)
Pages: 268 paperback

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Praise for A Summer in Oakville:

A Summer in Oakville transports readers deep into the soul of family. Lisa and Shellie have woven four unique stories into one heart-tugging narrative of reconciliation, love, forgiveness, and hope. It's hard to say who inspires me more. Tessa, Lindsay, Andy, and Art each bring their longings and unravel their secrets in a situation that ultimately ties them together as tightly as your family or mine. A very uplifting read!

Naomi Musch - author of the Empire in Pine series and Heart Not Taken

A Summer in Oakville is the vivid portrait of a fragmented family finding the faith to unite in an effort to save the land and life they thought they had lost. A wonderful story you might find a bit of yourself in.

Allan E. Ansorge author of the Bay Harbour stories

"You'll be hooked from the first page of A Summer in Oakville. This novel grabs the senses and doesn't let go." ~ Carolyn Howard-Johnson, multi award-winning novelist and poet

Summer in Oakville is a cleverly-composed novel that addresses issues from the past, affecting four characters' present-day lives. Shellie Neumeier and Lisa Lickel are a dynamic writing duo!

~Andrea Boeshaar, author of the acclaimed series, Seasons of Redemption

Four sweet novellas combine to tell the charming story of A Summer in Oakville. Saving your heritage, forgiving the past, and uncovering years of family secrets are weaved through four very different romances to create a delightful read that I looked forward to coming back to each day. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy.

--Cherie Burbach, author of Internet Dating Is Not Like Ordering a Pizza and Working Writers

"Like quills of bittersweet devotion that pierce the heart, yet warm with the matchless comfort of forgiveness—A SUMMER IN OAKVILLE is a beautifully woven series of unforgettable novellas.”
Author Tessa Stockton


5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Contemporary Novel!, September 3, 2011

ByPenny Zeller, Christian Author and Speaker (USA)

This review is from: A Summer in Oakville (Kindle Edition)

When I first heard about "A Summer in Oakville," I loved the concept of four characters in one book detailing their experiences and their lives. The plot intrigued me and I decided to read it. I'm glad I did!

Through vivid character portraits, the reader is introduced to family members Tessa, Lindsay, Andy, and Art. Each character's story is from a different and unique perspective.

Second chances and forgiveness are strong themes throughout the book and I love the twists and turns in Tessa's story. Lindsay's story was my favorite; however, I enjoyed each character's story and felt that Ms. Neumeier and Ms. Lickel did a fantastic job of tying the real-to-life issues of those living in a small town into a satisfying contemporary novel. As a matter of fact, reading through the pages made me feel as though I was in Oakville, Wisconsin, watching all of the events - including attempts to save the family farm and tales of unexpected romance -unfold.

"A Summer in Oakville" is a book that will grab your interest and keep you turning the pages. I highly recommend it!

5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet characters, September 2, 2011

ByBonjour Poetry Reviews(Wisconsin)

This review is from: A Summer in Oakville (Kindle Edition)

I so enjoyed reading the lives of Tessa, Lindsay, Art, and Andy from A Summer in Oakville. Authors Shellie Neumeier and Lisa Lickel have crafted a wonderfully sweet book comprised of four related novellas. Each novella is told from a different character's perspective, and each serves to further the overall story of the Hasmers and Murphys in their quest to save their family farm.

I especially enjoyed the varying perspectives on life and love from each character, which included a middle aged woman contemplating divorce, a young woman who still hasn't found her niche, a widower struggling with memories, and a boy who on the surface seems like a typical sullen teenager. Each story contains a humor and innocence, as the characters deal with forgiveness, family, and love.

5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet tales of love and forgiveness, September 1, 2011

ByTessa Stockton "Political Intrigue Novelist"

This review is from: A Summer in Oakville (Kindle Edition)

Meet members of a family...Tessa, Lindsay, Andy, and Art, and how their lives are connected--not only by kith and kin, but individual and collective heartbreak. Their stories are unique and moving, their names forever etched in the memory lane of my heart.

I'm drawn to stories of forgiveness and A Summer in Oakville does not pale. It holds its own, brightly, in what's an enchanted narrative woven together by four separate novellas, skillfully written and a joy to read.

Through relationships challenged, life lost, even battles over land rights and development in rural Wisconsin intensified, find love renewed, second chances embraced, and forgiveness presented around every corner.

God is faithful and good--just witness it through the related characters abiding in a special little town called Oakville.