About the Book:
Emily Sue Harvey’s first novel, Song of Renewal, was praised by New York Times bestselling author Jill Marie Landis as “an uplifting, heartwarming story,” by bestselling author Kay Allenbaugh as a work that will “linger in the memory long after readers put it aside,” and by Coffee Time Romance as “a must-read book for anyone doing a little soul searching.” New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry said, “It captures your attention, and whets your appetite for more,” while Peeking between the Pages called it “quite simply a beautiful book.”
Now, in Flavors, this master storyteller of the human heart sweeps us along with twelve-year-old Sadie Ann Melton as she enters a life-altering season. The summer of 1950 will change everything for her. For in that summer, she will embark on an odyssey at once heartbreakingly tender and crushingly brutal. At times, she will experience more darkness than she has ever witnessed before. At others, she will thrill to lightness and joy she never imagined. By summer’s end, the Melton women in Sadie’s journey – loving her, coaxing her, and commanding her – will help shape her into the woman she becomes. And they will expose Sadie to all of the flavors of life as she savors the world that she brings into being.
Filled with charm, wisdom, and the smorgasbord of emotions that comes with the first steps into adulthood, Flavors once again proves Emily Sue Harvey’s unique ability to touch our souls with her unforgettable stories.
About the Author:
Emily Sue Harvey, author and speaker, writes to make a difference. Dozens of her upbeat stories and articles appear in Chocolate for Women, Chicken Soup for the Soul, women’s magazines, websites, and other anthologies.
Her first hardback novel, Song of Renewal, was released by The Story Plant in July, 2009.
While small in size, this coming-of-age story was big in it’s characters and messages. I will admit that the first several pages took some trying to get through, but nothing overly drastic. Once I was through those pages, I was so caught up with Sadie Ann’s story, and Emily Sue Harvey’s talented work, that I had this book finished in an hour. I did not have the privilege of reading Song of Renewal, Harvey’s first book, but will be going back to read it,especially if it’s as enjoyable a read as this book was!
This little book follows 12 year old Sadie Ann, a girl growing up in the 50s, as she recalls the many different “flavors” of her life that summer, just like slices of pies. That summer, Sadie Ann had to spend her time at her grandparents’ home, among her many aunts and uncles, most of them close to her in age. Feeling a little confused and out of place, she learned many lessons along the way, some easy, and some a bit hard, as she tried to find her place among the family and in life.
Sometimes, life isn’t always fair, and it takes the littlest of things to help us understand not only life, but ourselves, too. Through Emily Sue Harvey’s flavorful words, and brilliant messages, I was a part of that coming of age time for Sadie Ann, and felt like one of the many aunts that she was around that summer. While not my all time favorite book, I still sing four star praises and highly recommend this to all. I’m sure you’ll find the messages and flavors of the story to be as bold as I did, and will be come a fan of Emily Sue Harvey, just the same as I did. I’m anxiously awaiting the chance to read her third book, Homefires.
*This book was provided for review by the publisher and PumpUpYourBook! Promotions*