Courtney Walsh's A Sweethaven Summer had that effect on me. It is the story of a group of girlfriends who join forces in Sweethaven, Michigan in the summer of 1983, full of hope and dreams that are bigger than life. Suzanne is the leader, and creative mastermind behind the Scrapbook that they use to document their summers on the lake together. The group disbands in 1987 when Suzanne becomes pregnant with baby Campbell and is abandoned by her parents.
Twenty-four years later Suzanne loses her battle with cancer and Campbell begins searching for her father. The journey leads her back to Sweethaven, the lakeside town which may hold the missing pieces of her mother's life. If she could get some answers, then maybe she might be able to believe that she wasn't just some cosmic accident whose appearing simply ruined lives.
What she discovers is far more than basic biology. She finds a place that feels like home and friends who are willing to go the distance. That hopes and dreams never die and there is no statute of limitations on forgiveness.
A Sweethaven Summer is a lovely, warm hug of a book that you'll want to share with your own special friends; who knows- you may find yourself reconnecting with someone from your own life...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Courtney Walsh is a published author, scrapbooker, theater director, and playwright. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, will be followed by two additional novels in the series. She’s also written two papercrafting books, Scrapbooking Your Faith and The Busy Scrapper. Courtney has been a contributing editor for Memory Makers Magazine and Children’s Ministry Magazine and is a frequent contributor to Group Publishing curriculum. She works as the PR Manager for Webster’s Pages from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her husband and three kids, who range in age from 4 to 10. Courtney drinks entirely too much coffee.
ABOUT THE BOOK
and friendships are restored-just as Suzanne intended.
If you would like to read the first chapter of A Sweethaven Summer, go HERE.