A Special Summer by Victoria Wells

In book review, Pump up Your Book Promotion, virtual book tour on June 13, 2008 at 7:53 am

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Xpress Yourself Publishing, LLC (January 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979975778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979975776
  • To purchase, click here.
  • Excerpt from the back of the book:

    In love with the man of her dreams, Summer Jackson’s world is perfect bliss…so she thought.  Devestation rocks her very existence when handsome Nick Stiles walks out on her, leaving her to put the shattered pieces of her life back together again.

    Month’s later, out of the blue, Nick reappears and is in for the shock of his life!  A love that once was so pure is plagued by heartbreak, deceit, and betrayal.  Will Summer and Nick find true love again?

    A Special Summer is the debut novel by Victoria Wells.  I have to admit that I am not always the biggest fan of romance books.  I am not sure what it is about them that I don’t like, but I usually struggle to get through them.  That wasn’t the case in this novel, in fact, I can’t wait until her next as I will be anxious to read about characters introduced in this book.

    Some might think that Summer Jackson and Nicholas Stiles are a match made in heaven.  Summer has her act together as a nurse but is extremely selective when it comes to the men she dates.  The last thing she wants is to be treated like a sex object, so when she collides with Nick at a charity event she dismisses their meeting, even though the attraction is intense.  Nick does coerce her number from her, and after hounding her for quite some time she finally relents to a date with him.  Once they are together it is obvious that they are perfect for each other.  They spend all of their free time together, which is limited due to Nick’s work habits.  Summer truly believes that she has found the man of her dreams, so when he abruptly ends their relationship claiming it is due to the fact that he has a business venture in Canada, and doesn’t believe in long distance relationships she is devestated.  He totally ignores her calls and tries to put her out of his life for good.  But it just isn’t that easy.

    Eight months pass before Nick is back in town and he has realized one thing, stubborn as he is.  Summer truly is the one for him- he has been with no one else and has no desire to.  So, when he stops by Summer’s apartment unannounced he is shocked when she opens the door.  A secret has been kept from him, a secret they may not be strong enough to overcome.

    The writing is exceptional and the characters, although flawed at times, are very real and easy to relate to.  Ms. Wells has done a fantastic job with this debut and I wish her all the success in the world!

    Once again, thanks to Pump Up Your Book Promotion for bringing this virtual tour!

    About the author:

    Victoria Wells is a Philadelphia native. She has been an avid reader since childhood. Wells’ interest in writing took root while taking a creative writing course in college. Her most memorable assignment was the rewriting of the last chapter of The Color Purple. Though she did very well in this course it would be years before she would pen a novel. 

     Professionally, Wells (Gaye Riddick-Burden) earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Nursing from La Salle University. Over her seventeen-year career as a nurse, Wells (Riddick-Burden) has written, lectured, and presented at national conferences extensively on sickle cell disease. Her dedication to caring for patients with this disease earned her the Regional and National 2005 Nursing Spectrum’s Nurse of the Year Nursing Excellence Award in Clinical Care. Nursing Spectrum wrote, “Riddick-Burden is a strong advocate for patients with sickle cell disease. She was instrumental in designing and implementing the outpatient Sickle Cell Day Treatment Unit for these often underserved patients. The program is driven by Riddick-Burden’s desire to provide timely and effective care to patients with sickle cell crisis – decreasing long waits in the ED and avoiding inpatient stays that separates patients from their families.”  

      Wells’ dedication to the nursing profession and work in the African American community organizing and running a free Hypertension Clinic at her church, Refuge Evangelical Baptist Church earned her another award. On March 19, 2006, Wells was awarded the Movers and Shakers Award presented by the American Women’s Heritage Society, National Association of University Women, National Association of Phi Delta Kappa, Top Ladies of Distinction and Two Thousand African American Women. At this ceremony the City Council of Philadelphia also presented her with a Citation.  

     Using writing as a tool to escape the hassles and worries of everyday life, Wells decided to pen a novel. In November 2006 she released her self-published debut romance novel, A Special Summer.  After receiving positive feedback and believing her story portrayed strong, intelligent, self-sufficient African American characters dealing with and working through relationship issues, Wells decided to submit her manuscript for traditional publishing. In August 2007, Xpress Yourself Publishing made an offer to re-release A Special Summer, March 4, 2008.


    Wells works as an adult nurse practitioner. She is married and the proud mom of three children.




    1. Xpress Yourself Publishing!?!

      Just stopped by to let you know the Sense of Place Contest is ready for entries! Good Luck if you choose to participate! 🙂

    2. […] Wells, author of the multicultural romance novel, A Special Summer will be stopping off at Amateur de Livre! In love with the man of her dreams, Summer Jackson is living her life in sheer bliss…so she […]

    3. I’m also hard pressed to find a romance novel I like, thanks for the heads up- I’ll check this out 🙂

    4. Thanks for the great review. This books sounds interesting.


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