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From Reader's Favorite reviewer Bil Howard:

"As simple and quiet as Fresh Start Summer is, it is impossible to put it down. Beverly Nault draws the reader into the story of Cherryvale in a very subtle and emotional way. Each character is easy to relate to and the reader becomes concerned for how things turn out for them. The gentle message of Christian love and grace penetrates through every incident in one form or another. Inspiring, heartwarming and profound, Fresh Start Summer is a picture of how true Christians face adversity together and heal the pain that comes along with it." Five Stars


Reader's Favorite Reviewer Paul Johnson
"I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to a little town called Cherryvale. The main character, Grace Harkins, somehow ends up as the center of all the action in Cherryvale, as well as her very outspoken friend Maggie, and an outstanding cast of characters that bring small town living to life. The dialogue was very well done. The setting for the story is great. Anyone that grew up in a small town can envision this locale very well. I invite everyone to visit Cherryvale. You won't be disappointed." Five Stars


Patricia Day - Reader's Favorite reviewer
"Open the pages of this delightful book, Fresh Start Summer. and prepare to be entertained. Small-town Americans are proud of their roots and even more so of their hometown. People and attitudes are changed radically as the intrigue unfolds; even people you'd never think of as friendly become changed beings when their 'normal' is tossed inside out. I finished the book loving the differences that had come about as the tale developed. Worth the read." Five Stars
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"From the moment I began reading, I couldn't help but wonder what happens with that pesky film crew. From the first paragraph, FRESH START SUMMER has Beverly's humorous voice, from her delightful descriptive nature to the temperament of her characters." Mary McDonough, Actress and Author

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Lamp Post Inc. (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600391826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600391828
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,892,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It takes a certain kind of talent to write a novel that contains different aspects from different genres while still maintaining a coherent narrative. Nault has skillfully created a journey that can suck in readers from various backgrounds and leave them pondering questions the book raises about life, meaning and relationships hours after they've finished reading the novel." Eduardo Aduna, Reader's Favorite "The Kaleidoscope"

Awards include the InD'Tale Crowned Heart, Reader's Favorite Fiction, a Real Simple's Great Summer Read, SDCWG Excellence in Writing. Beverly's whimsical style and vivid imagery take you on journeys that transform your world long after "the end." From her adept suspense-thriller "The Kaleidoscope" (as B K Nault) through the beloved Seasons of Cherryvale series, each book is filled with characters who not only entertain but challenge, grow and learn, and quickly become like cherished friends.

Beverly's nonfiction includes the international bestselling memoir, "Lessons from the Mountain, What I Learned from Erin Walton" co-written with Mary McDonough. This important book has earned literary and fan praise. The recipient of the 2011 Ella Dickey Literacy award, and hundreds of five star reviews, the book has touched readers's hearts, and become an important look at what it's like to "grow up Hollywood."

Visit Beverly at www.beverlynault.com and follow her on twitter @bevnault




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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Harmer on March 30, 2011
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I just thoroughly enjoyed a visit to a little town called Cherryvale! Fresh Start Summer is sure to gather kudos from every age. Muffin-baking Grace Harkins is at the center of all the action in Cherryvale as well as her outspoken best friend, Maggie. Strange phone calls, kidnappings, and fires put everyone in danger while a movie is being shot in normally-sleepy Cherryvale. Who is behind it? I'll let you find out for yourself. Visit Cherryvale. You won't be disappointed. I'm very much looking forward to the next Seasons of Cherryvale book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dona Watson on May 13, 2011
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I found Fresh Start Summer a great read, complete with laugh-out-loud moments. Cherryvale sounds like a delightful little town that I would love to visit. The book's characters are lovably quirky, each with their own voice. At the same time, the book is unabashedly faith-based and carries a wonderful Christian message of redemption. Fresh Start Summer is the next selection for our book club and I look forward to the next book in the series.

Congratulations to Bev on a job well-done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Malone on July 1, 2011
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This is a sweet, low-keyed pleasant read. The setting is Small Town, America aka Cherryvale. Reading "Fresh Start Summer" took me back to my youth when times were simpler and neighbors knew and cared about each other. But Beverly has entwined her story with a touch of realism. Everything in Cherryvale isn't a bowl full of cherries. The characters are real with real problems that need to be solved.

When a movie crew comes to town to film a movie there are conflicting feelings about the onslaught of those "Hollywood" people invading Cherryvale. The very outspoken Maggie finds herself in a heap of trouble. She is building a refuge for unwanted animals and everything begins to go wrong. Her buildings are being set on fire and she blames it on those movie people getting revenge because she spoke against them. There is more to this mystery than meets the eye. You will need to read it to find out what happens!

Just as I finished reading "Fresh Start Summer" it was announced in a small town bordering where I live a film crew would be arriving to film a move. The small town of Cedartown welcomed Billy Bob Thornton and Robert Duvall who would be playing in the movie "Jane Mansfield's Car." There was a big to do for a couple of weeks while they were filming. So let me tell you right now the story of Cherryvale in "Fresh Start Summer" can really happen - and it did.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 7, 2011
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Looking for a beach book this summer? I recommend Fresh Start Summer by author Bev Nault. Here's the skinny:

Grace & Maggie are the oldest of friends, and as such, are also at odds. Time and circumstance weigh on a friendship that saw one a world traveler, and the other firmly grounded at home. Two sides of a coin, these ladies are at times in synch, and others, oil and water! This time, they're doing battle over the movies coming to their small town when trouble stirs up at Maggie's farm.

Grace Harkins is the woman we all want to be. She's kind, sweet, knows when to bite her tongue (usually) or when to bake a ton of muffins (always) to help out. The lessons she learns along the path are ones we can all relate to. The mystery is fun! the banter between quite-believable characters will make you smile. In the same vein as Jan Karon and Father Tim, of the Mitford series, Fresh Start Summer creates a universe in Cherryvale that makes you want to pull up a chair and stay awhile.

All in all, Fresh Start Summer is a fun read that will leave you wanting more of this beautiful community of Cherryvale, and its lovely residents.

~Ashley
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ane Mulligan on August 8, 2011
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Lovable--and some not-so-lovable--characters, a delightful setting, and a humorous voice all worked together to captivate in Beverly Nault's Fresh Start Summer. In book one of the Seasons of Cherryvale series, you'll be transported down the Path that winds through Cherryvale, connecting neighbors. There you'll meet the inhabitants of this small town, both the friendly and the cranky. Indulge yourself in a little hometown nostalgia, where friends close ranks to help and protect their neighbors. Novel Rocket and I recommend it as a thoroughly good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brittny on February 2, 2012
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This book was such a delightful read! As a busy mom, I find myself having a hard time making time for books. BUT this was such a fun, easy read that it made time for itself! I really enjoyed the characters and "getting away" in the never ending, twists and turns of Cherryvale. A wonderful book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By blondie on February 22, 2012
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This is one of those books that you just can't put down. The characters are engaging and Cherryvale is a town that we all wish we could have grown up in. The story truly inspired me to go out and be a better friend and neighbor. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heartfelt Book Lover on May 23, 2011
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As soon as I finished reading Fresh Start Summer, I wanted so badly to go to the town of Cherryvale! But alas, it is a figment of author Beverly Nault's imagination. Filled with quirky, fun and caring people, Cherryvale is the setting for this cozy novel.

Fresh Start Summer captures the essence of friendship at it's best (and sometimes worst) in a comical peek into the lives of the valers when a snobby starlet and busy film crew arrive in town to shoot a big Hollywood film on location. The folks of Cherryvale find their lives might never be the same again, especially for muffin baking Grace who must keep an eye on her long-time friend Maggie and the rest of Cherryvale when trouble brews hotter than a pot of caramel about to bubble over. So for a yummy read, here's the recipe: a big handful of heart-tickling humor, a bit of mystery, a dash of teary-eyed Kleenex grabbing moments, and you'll find that Fresh Start Summer is a great read, no matter the season!
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