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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,482,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Maggie and Grace are the best of friends, or at least it looks that way to everyone on the outside. Deep secrets from their youth keep them at odds with each other and the stress of a movie crew taking over the small town of Cherryvale is just what the doctor ordered to bring all the bitterness from the past to the forefront.
Grace must choose between a summer of marking things off her list or making time for a friend who desperately needs her. When fire destroys parts of Maggie’s farm three times in as many days, Grace finally has to admit that maybe her friend isn’t just being a pessimist, perhaps someone really is out to get Maggie.
Grace has to find it in her heart to forgive Maggie before the arsonist hits home.
I loved this book. The characters (and there are quite a few) have little quirks that you get to know as the book goes on. It is so very small-town that I am sure that the author must have lived in a rural, small town herself at some point. The gossips, the busy-bodies, those that step in and help when it’s needed, and the close-knit feeling that only comes from that type of community.
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