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Flower in the Hills (Norma Jean Lutz Classic Collection) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 1, 2014
About the Author
Norma Jean Lutz’s writing career began when she enrolled in a writing correspondence course. Since then, she has had over 250 short stories and articles published in both secular and Christian publications. The full-time writer is also the author of over 50 published books under her own name and many ghostwritten books. Her books have been favorably reviewed in Affair de Coeur, Coffee Time Romance, Romance Reader at Heart, and The Romance Studio magazines, and her short fiction has garnered a number of first prizes in local writing contests. Norma Jean is the founder of the Professionalism In Writing School, which was held annually in Tulsa for fourteen years. This writers' conference, which closed its doors in 1996, gave many writers their start in the publishing world. A gifted teacher, Norma Jean has taught a variety of writing courses at local colleges and community schools, and is a frequent speaker at writers' seminars around the country. For eight years, she taught on staff for the Institute of Children's Literature. She has served as artist-in-residence at grade schools, and for two years taught a staff development workshop for language arts teachers in schools in Northeastern Oklahoma. As co-host for the Tulsa KNYD Road Show, she shared the microphone with Kim Spence to present the Road Show Book Club, a feature presented by the station for more than a year. She has also appeared in numerous interviews on KDOR-TV. Presently (in addition to her own writing endeavors) Norma Jean is actively reaching out to other writers via the Internet and social media.
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This was super sweet and enjoyable. The main character, Latina, showed how her flaws and her inner beauty blended wonderfully together to create someone I was happy to read about and follow, finding out truths about some she thought she knew, and discovering new things about herself along the way. I really enjoyed all of the different characters, but most especially sweet little Althea. That there was a differently abled character was a major plus for me. I will be continuing this series for sure, and suggest it to anyone who likes a sweet teen romance set back in history a little ways.
As to the narrator: I liked her voice, it was a bit like having a grandparent tell you a story about the past! Her pacing was a touch slow for my liking, but at the same time I feel that it fit the story.
Bob says: 4 Platypires!
Once she even wondered off to the old mill, but with a new storm brewing on the horizon, she assumed it would pass quickly. But to her horror, the rain continued to keep pouring. With the water rising, she was trapped in the mill. With no one around, and her family had no knowledge she was here, Latina panicked. She tried to run, but end up going in circles.
She had no where to go. It’s the end, she wondered. But she herd someone calling her. The same young man she came to despise, the one who always laughed at her, he was there on other side of the water… After being rescued and fed, she learned alot about her rescuer, Tully Clause.
Loved the story… Just don’t want to give out too much, I would say more surprises and dark secrets come later in the story, with the traps that cough one bad thief.
Norma Jean Lutz has a fondness for ‘sweet teen romances’ – light but meaningful romances that forego the technical driven line of communication that plagues our youth today and instead focusing on one on one communication and relationship development in the world some may label as ‘yesteryear’ – a time when life was gentler and sweet romance could develop without the need of cellphones, texting, selfies, dating apps, etc.
Her synopsis offers the outline of the story in this rather brief but luminous little book – ‘Latina Harmen knew she was going to hate Missouri. “There’s nothing in Missouri!” she had told her father when he announced they were to spend the summer there. And now she knew she had been one hundred and ten percent right. Latina had taken for granted that she would be spending another happy summer vacation with her friends at Periwinkle Cove on the East Coast. After all, her family had spent summers there as long as she could remember. Now, in the summer before her senior year, fate said she would be stuck in a hick town with no one around but her boring parents and bratty younger brother. How could she have guessed the beauty that lay waiting for her in those brooding hills? How was she to know she would meet fascinating people, and that she would learn more about herself than she’d ever known? How was she to know she would meet a special someone whose friendship and support would change her life forever?’
The answers to the questions posed are woven in the prose that flows through this book. Book such as this may seem ‘old-fashioned’ to today’s teens, but they are beautifully molded stories of how people need people can find something beautiful in simply living. Grady Harp, February 17
Tully has given up on his dreams because he has to take care of his mother and sister. That is until he meets Latina and her family. Could this be a good change for him?
You will not be disappointed with this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.