I think that in all of our hearts is a longing for home--a place where love is unconditional and nobody is too busy to listen to your problems and walk you through the hard times. Not perfectly, but in spirit. Folks that are there to talk you down from the ledge and help you find your way back when you've lost your way. Even when you are too lost to know how lost you are.
That is what the Sweethaven series, by Courtney Walsh is all about. Four childhood friends brought together during their summers at the lake, who share growing pains and life in the little resort town that is Sweethaven.
Author Courtney Walsh explores disappointment and failures, dreams deferred and hopes dashed in her character's lives. Meghan, the messed up country singer, Jane, the pastor's wife who feels so inadequate and is afraid to be real for fear of disappointing the ladies in the Bible study, Lila, the ex-beauty queen struggling with forgiveness, are all characters that I am glad to have met.
Facing the past can be hard, but sometimes, a good home coming is just what we need.
Read on for the publisher's information. (Guideposts!)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Courtney Walsh is a published author, scrapbooking expert, theatre director and playwright. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, was released in February, 2012 by Guideposts Books, and will be followed by two additional novels in the series. She has also written two papercrafting books, Scrapbooking Your Faith and The Busy Scrapper and is currently working on her third, The Scrapcrafter’s Idea Book (F&W Publications, February, 2013.)
Courtney has been a contributing editor for Memory Makers Magazine and Children’s Ministry Magazine and is a frequent contributor to Group Publishing curriculum, newsletters and other publications. She has also written several full-length musicals, including her most recent, The Great American Tall Tales and Hercules for Christian Youth Theatre, Chicago. Courtney is a member of ACFW and is the current PR Manager for Webster’s Pages, a scrapbooking manufacturer. She lives in Colorado with her ultra creative husband and three children.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Suzanne's daughter, Campbell, journeys there in search of answers to her questions about her mother's history.
Suzanne's three friends-Lila, Jane, and Meghan-were torn apart by long-buried secrets and heartbreak. Though they haven't spoken in years, each has pieces of a scrapbook they made together in Sweethaven.Suzanne's letters have lured them all back to the idyllic lakeside town, where they meet Campbell and begin to remember what was so special about their long Sweethaven summers.
As the scrapbook reveals secrets one by one, old wounds are mended, lives are changed, and friendships are restored-just as Suzanne intended.
If you would like to read the first chapter of A Sweethaven Homecoming, go HERE.