Bring Back Summertime
Jeanne Starr Gater    
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bring Back Summertime by Jeanne Starr Gater Review

by Jeanne Starr Gater
A real life true story of the struggle, fight and faith of one women to bring her husband back home functioning after his near fatal accident.
I love reading life stories and memoirs so I was quite interested in reading Bring Back Summertime. In Bring Back Summertime the author Jeanne Starr Gater takes you through her life before and after the accident of her husband, Dr. Julius Gater. From his first hours  in the hospital, that later turned into weeks, and later after his transfer to a rehab and nursing facility. Mrs Gater shares her pain, agony and most importantly, her fight for the life of her husband. From the very beginning, Mrs Gater never gives up hope and her prayers are answered as her husband finally opens his eyes while in the hospital. But that is only the start as now Dr J. Gater has to learn again like a newborn, how to swallow his food, speak and walk. Mrs Gater takes you on this long journey of her life that does not end once she brings her husband home. Dr J. Gator still needs around-the-clock care and she struggles to manage that while trying to bring in some income for her family. With the help and support of friends and family, but most importantly God, Mrs Gater stands strong and keeps a constant vigil on her husbands care while he continues to slowly make progress month after month. I really enjoyed reading this book and Mrs Gater is a conscientious writer with a purpose. She makes sure to get out all those fine details of her husbands progress. My only problem with this book was that I felt it was a little long and drawn out. Something tells me that it was longer and she had to shorten. I am sure she has a lot more to tell and I can only imagine what other situations she had to deal with when it came to her husbands crisis and his care. Even so, this story is a true inspiration and I was pleasantly surprised by the photos of her family in the back of the book which gave this book more substance and helps the reader establish a more personal connection.

When Jeanne Starr Gater picks up the phone one morning, she receives the shock of her life. Her strong, robust, athletic husband, Dr. Julius Gater, is in the hospital! -- comatose, suffering from a stroke, broken bones ... Dr. ""J"" IS DYING!! 
A car accident that morning has left her husband unconscious, though still alive and hanging on for dear life! ..And it had been a good life -- full of sunshine! Why this! .. Dear GOD! ... Why this?! 

She knows she must get to him -- and fast! They had come through too much together. If she gets to the hospital in time, they will come through this awful thing too But she needs all her resources now. In her inner spirit, she petitions her God for mercy and compassion and strength to bring Dr. 'J"" back from near death. Next, over time, she contacts her family and friends for their positive thoughts and prayers. She begins her long hard journey to ""BRING BACK SUMMERTIME.""

Thus begins the remarkable true story of one woman's courage and faith in the face of the bitterest of odds, and one man's miraculous recovery despite doctor's dire predictions. Family, and friends, new and old gather round to offer support, faith and love, as the Gaters' begin their trek back to a normal life. They encounter incredible (and numerous) obstacles from resistant medical personnel and uncooperative rehabilitation staff, to other family misfortunes. Their very survival as a family depends on their determination to hold fast to their hopes and faith. 
BRING BACK SUMMERTIME is a soul searching story of a family's struggle for the restoration of physical strength, grace and human dignity. A story that portrays the power and strength of human bonding, prayer and the belief in the power of god to sustain and revive. This family somehow does not allow itself to be thrown even by this devastating accident. They continue their noteworthy accomplishments, as they struggle to deal with the prolonged recovery of Dr. ""J"". Their story is truly an inspiration to all.

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I have not received monetary compensation for this review. I have received a copy of Bring Back Summertime for review and all opinions expressed above are solely my own. A big thank you goes out to Authorhouse for allowing me the opportunity to review this book. This blog post is the sole property and copyright of @autumnbluesreviews. Please do not copy without my permission. Thank you.


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