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Fresh Start Summer Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Congratulations to Bev on a job well-done.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a cute book. I say cute because there is not much meat to it. I felt it a little rushed and predictable. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bean06
Slow beginning and prolonged ending. (In fairness, I had just finished a murder mystery before beginning Fresh Start Summer. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joymo
I really enjoyed this story. Even though you can have deep-seeded problems, if you have a good friend you can get through them. Read morePublished 16 months ago by elaine m. suda
After reading Fresh Start Summer, I can't wait to see what Grace and Maggie are up to next. The characters are engaging, the setting--Cherryvale--a place anyone would love to... Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by Candace Rice
I enjoyed "Fresh Start Summer" and this feel good story based in Cherryvale. There was some inspiration, romance and even suspense woven throughout. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Shelley Hitz