REVIEW: SUMMER’S CHILD BY DIANE CHAMBERLAIN

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First off, I can’t believe I waited TWENTY years to read SUMMER’S CHILD! It is one of the best books I’ve read this year so far. The twists and turns just kept on coming and hooked me from the very first chapter!

Diane Chamberlain has always been a favorite author of mine and SUMMER’S CHILD is exactly why! She stole my heart from the very first pages and she never let it go! SUMMER’S CHILD is the story of Shelly, a baby who is found in the beach, abandoned, found by a little girl, Daria.  Daria runs the baby home to her parents, who find a way to adopt her and then raise her. This is a beautiful story of love and hope with many secrets and past events unfolding.

At first, I truly thought I knew where this story was going, but boy was I wrong! Trust me, once you start reading SUMMER’S CHILD you won’t be able to put it down as Diane Chamberlain takes you on one heck of an emotional roller coaster ride! This is an intense story that never slows down. Daria always felt like Shelly’s caretaker since she had found her and when both her parents died, she continued to take responsibility for Shelly’s well-being since she is developmentally slow.

SUMMER’S CHILD is a great heart breaking story that had me up late one night trying to finish. I just had to know  what happened to Shelly. She’s always wondered about her real parents and why her mother left her on the beach. She writes to the producer of a TV show who looks into mysteries and asks him to do a show on her and see if he can find out who her parents are.  The investigation causes all sorts of problems for many residents as the reader is caught up trying to solve the mystery, with your mind going in all different directions.  I still can’t believe it took me this long to read this amazing story, I’m kicking myself……..if you haven’t read SUMMER’S CHILD yet, you need to read it very soon. You won’t be sorry and then you can kick yourself for waiting so long! One of the best endings ever!

 

FROM GOODREADS:

Twenty years after 11-year-old Daria Cato found a baby abandoned on a beach in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., she is still very much a part of the child’s life. Daria’s parent’s had adopted the infant, but now they are dead and she has accepted responsibility for Shelly–who has grown into a beautiful, slightly handicapped young woman. Without consulting Daria, Shelly contacts Rory Taylor, host of TV’s True Life Stories, to ask his help in finding her birth mother. Rory has a personal interest in Shelly’s story since he’d been one of the many teenagers hanging out on the beach the summer the baby was found. Daria, meanwhile, has been keeping to herself the crush she’s had on Rory for years–along with Shelly’s true story. Here, as in previous offerings, Chamberlain (Breaking the Silence) creates a captivating tale populated with haunting characters.

 

Have an awesome day and thanks for stopping by!💜

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THROWBACK THURSDAY

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Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favorites as well as sharing books that you’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them 🙂! These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board.   If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it.

 

This week I’m picking a book I read two years ago and loved!

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MY REVIEW:

Oh my gosh! THIS ADVENTURE ENDS is such a cute and heart warming coming of age story! This is only my second time reading Emma Mills, but she sure knows how to warm my heart! I was instantly hooked on all of the characters and emotionally invested on their lives and troubles. Sloane has just moved from New York to Florida and doesn’t have any friends…..yet! At a school party, she meets twins Gabe and Vera and her life is never going to be the same.

THIS ADVENTURE ENDS is a fast paced YA contemporary story with a lovable heroine and a great bunch of friends. When ever Sloane doesn’t know how to handle her emotions or a situation, she makes fun of it and let me tell you, this girl is seriously funny. She had me giggling and snorting through out this lovely book, sometimes to the point where I had tears in my eyes. Her friends are hilarious at times too and you will find yourself wishing for more interactions with the ever so colorful Frank Sanger, just like I was. Sloane believes the twins have everything they could possibly want in life until she actually gets to know them, but she grows to care about them and realizes they are the one adventure her life was missing.

When a painting that the twins mom had done before she passed away, turns up missing Sloane takes it upon herself to find the painting called The Dream. THIS ADVENTURE ENDS takes Sloane to a few different states tracking down this painting. Sloane really grows throughout her travels and she becomes a true best friend. She is sarcastic but in a good funny way and her friends come to love her as much as she comes to love them. Something that isn’t easy for Sloane.

I loved Emma Mills first book, First & Then, and THIS ADVENTURE ENDS is exactly why. YA contemporary is one of my most favorite genres and Emma does it so well. I find myself not being able to put her books down. She hooks me right from the very first page and never lets me go. I loved all the characters as well as the one liners and teasing they all took part in. All of Sloane’s friends are very relatable and are exactly the kind of friends I would have loved to have had back in high school.

 

 

 

FROM GOODREADS:

Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.

Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.

 

 

HAVE A GREAT DAY AND THANKS FOR READING!💜

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CAN’T – WAIT WEDNESDAY

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you’re continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.
This week, I’m waiting for…
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Expected publication: July 14, 2020
FROM GOODREADS:

Samantha Casey loves everything about her job at an elementary school on the sunny, historic island of Galveston, Texas—the goofy kids, the stately Victorian building, the butterfly garden. But when the school’s beloved principal retires, he announces that his replacement will be none other than Duncan Carpenter—a former, unrequited crush of Sam’s from many years before. When Duncan shows up as her new boss, though, he’s nothing like the sweet teacher she once swooned over. He’s become stiff, and humorless, and obsessed with school safety.

Now, with Duncan determined to destroy everything Sam loves about her school in the name of security—even trying to replace the building itself with a high-tech version that’s nothing short of a prison—Sam has to find her voice and use it to stand up for everyone she cares about before the school that’s become her home is gone for good.

Told with Katherine Center’s unparalleled warmth, humor, and heart, this new novel proves why she is one of the fastest rising stars in fiction today.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!💜
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IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING?📚

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Good Morning!

It’s the start of another week. It’s Monday! What are you Reading is hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind.  I have four books to get caught up on so that’s what I’m doing this week!

Last weeks Reads:

I have a huge bunch of books started, but I didn’t finish a single one…….I am blaming Hallmark Christmas movies for this! My challenges are severely suffering because of this! I’m hoping to do better this week!😲

 

Current Reads:

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Olivia Benton, happy with her downtown floral shop in Bryson City, her rural home shared with her father, and the lavish gardens sprawling behind their mountain property, is stunned when Warner Zachary drives back into town. No one ever thought Weird Warner, or his big dreams, would ever amount to anything, and even Olivia, who loved him, was afraid to risk everything to follow Warner’s dreams. Now he’s returned to Bryson City, famous and widowed, and as soon as Olivia sees him, she realizes she still loves him – a dilemma she is not prepared to deal with.

Warner Zachary, now better known as W.T. Zachary for his famous Geeky Gilmore books for kids, has avoided even visiting Bryson City since high school graduation ten years ago. Unhappy memories linger of being bullied in school and spurned by his childhood neighbor and sweetheart, Olivia Benton. After his wife’s murder, Warner heads home to spend time with family, old friends, and to take a well-needed vacation. He knows he’ll see Olivia again but expects time to have healed his broken heart – and his anger.

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As the year draws to a close, the brand-new colony of Promise Lodge is thriving, a welcoming community that offers three Amish sisters a fresh start. And as Christmas approaches, gifts big and small are given with love . . .

 As Promise Lodge’s first wedding arrives, the evidence of a community building a foundation for the future is a cause for celebration. But the bishop’s narrow-minded wedding sermon doesn’t sit well with the Bender sisters, the town’s courageous founders, especially widowed Mattie Schwartz. She believes marriage and family aren’t the most important of God’s gifts—even if she suspects her tender feelings for Preacher Amos Troyer run deeper than simple friendship.

Amos hasn’t given up hope that stubborn, spirited Mattie will change her mind about taking another husband, but when an accident threatens to change the course of his life forever, he wonders if the Lord has sent him a message. He’ll need faith, hope, and charity to find the right path—and a Christmas blessing to convince Mattie to walk it with him.

Reading next:

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Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life.

Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But has he really changed? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?

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From the bestselling author of  The Convenient Groom  and  A December Bride  (now beloved Hallmark Original movies) comes the first novel in a brand-new series!­

When their parents die in a tragic accident, Molly Bennett and her siblings pull together to fulfill their parents’ dream: turning their historic home back into an inn.

Adam Bradford (a.k.a. bestselling author Nathanial Grey) is a reclusive author with a bad case of writer’s block. Desperate for inspiration as his deadline approaches, he travels to a North Carolina lake town, the setting of his next novel. There he immediately meets his muse, a young innkeeper who fancies herself in love with his alter ego.

When Molly finds an old letter in the walls of her inn she embarks on a mission with Adam to find the star-crossed lovers and bring them the closure they deserve. But the guest she invites along has secrets of his own. Past and present collide as truths are revealed, and Molly and Adam will have to decide if love is worth trusting.

 

 

What are your reading plans this week? Have an awesome week my friends!💗

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💜VETERANS DAY💜

 

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There are truly times in the last few years when many question and some berate our military….

BUT WE WHO KNOW THE COST are deeply grateful for those who have gone before us during times of trouble and building our nation.

WE WHO LIVE EVERY DAY recognize that but for those brave men and women throughout our history, we would have long ago fallen to dictatorship and anarchy.

WE WHO ARE ALIVE must know and pass on the fact that our country is FREE AND A VIBRANT REMINDER of the efforts of the fallen to preserve our union.

WE WHO ARE CITIZENS BY BIRTH AND BY CHOICE

MUST HONOR OUR ROLE IN CARING FOR

VETERANS & THE REMEMBRANCE OF THE FALLEN

WHO SERVED TO KEEP OUR FAMILIES AND FUTURE ALIVE AS A FREE AND INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC!

MAY NO MAN, WOMAN, GROUP, OR IDEOLOGY

EVER BE ALLOWED TO ERASE THAT FROM OUR FUTURE

 

 

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