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336 pages
May 2004

A Delirious Summer: A Novel

by Ray Blackston

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“After being Flabbergasted during a summer spent with the wacky singles of North Hills Presbyterian, Jay Jarvis sends his Spanish teacher, Neil Rucker, north to Greenville, South Carolina for A Delirious Summer of his own. Neil, dateless for seven months, one week, two days, and counting, arrives from Ecuador to find that the church-hopping ‘Ladies of the Quest’ aren’t as available as he had hoped.

“He finally manages to go out with (sort of) three of them – red-headed rule-making Lydia, lime-loving convertible-speeding Darcy, and eyebrow-pierced unpredictable Alexis. Mixed in are the adventures of rooming with Steve and the annual beach trip, complete with Asbury’s boat and Maurice’s flamboyant sister-in-law. Then disaster strikes and Neil is thrown into a leadership role he never anticipated – and an adventure he’ll never forget.

“Combining unforgettably quirky characters with wacky situations and lots of humor, Blackston parades for the public a tale fit to rival his first. This laugh-out-loud read is laced with spiritual insights and misadventure romance. If you’ve ever scanned the sanctuary for prospects, let A Delirious Summer buoy your spirits – but be prepared for the ride of your life.” -- Katie Hart, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

To Neil Rucker, seven months, one week, and a day is too long to wait in between dates. But life as a Spanish language teacher to missionaries in Ecuador affords little opportunity for romance.

When his worst student, Jay Jarvis, suggests a respite in Greenville, South Carolina, so begins Neil's delirious summer. Neil sees his chance to meet a sweet succession of southern women, but little does he know that the girls of Greenville are now more elusive than a snowflake in the Ecuadorian jungle.

As they church-hop in search of the perfect man, Neil tries to find the perfect girl among the Neapolitan choices: a demanding redhead, a joy-riding blonde, and a very tardy but intriguing girl with raven hair and a pierced eyebrow. Who knew relational gumbo would look like this?