27 February 2012

CFBA Tour A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Sweethaven Summer
Guidepost Books (February 7, 2012)
Courtney Walsh


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.


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 Summer, go HERE.

My Review:
Firstly the authors name had me interested as I am a huge cricket fan and there is retired West Indian player of the same name. Aside from this tidbit I also am a scrapbooker but not as good as Suzanne. The story revolves around Campbell who's mother has just passed away from cancer. She finds some scrapbook pages and this takes her to Sweethaven and her mothers three friends from childhood. We see how they spent there summers through different eyes and see the heartbreaks and secrets that were shared. The story is a journey of discovery for all ladies and also a time to heal. I enjoyed getting to know the different ladies and the flashbacks were well done also. This is Courtneys debut book and I look forward to more books. The book deals with secrets, forgiveness, healing, growing as well as self discovery. Great read.


Paula Vince said...

Your tidbit of trivia caught my attention too. I came over to see if a retired cricketer was writing romance :)
This sounds like a great read, as I love stories with flashbacks and surprises.

Ausjenny said...

Hi Paula, its an interesting coincidence, It is a good read. I really enjoyed it and would be probably my favourite contemporary this year so far.

Marianne said...

You did a great review. Thanks, for being part of the tour.

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