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- Print Length: 400 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1549907875
- Publication Date: October 12, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B075TVG3KL
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Here's to Campfires and S'mores (The Summers at Camp Chimalis Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The couple met at camp when they were 15 years old. They have been married for over 15 years until one day the H walks out. He walks out after he authorizes a hysterectomy for the h. He authorized the hysterectomy to save her. She had been slowly killing herself with over 6 miscarriages in order to give him a child and was in danger of dying. They get divorced.
Eighteen months later, they see each other over a memorial service for a close friend at the same camp site. She is still very much in love with the H and did not move on. He has a girlfriend.
Dislikes: The story alternates between the time they met to the present. I am not a fan of that format. The story is told in the first person..the h. The H has the epilogue. I am not a fan of one person's viewpoint especially in a second chance story. You hear the h go through a lot of pain in the backdrop with flashbacks of the miscarriages and her losing the H, but you do not get the same from the H. The H was dating a very, very young OW. She shows up at the campsite for the memorial service the day after the H/h has sex. The H does not pull her aside to tell her that he is back with the h. Instead, the OW has him feeding her bread in front of the h. The h breaks down and tells the OW that she slept with the H and will always love him and then she apologizes to the H for not seeing the pain he was also undergoing. The h makes all the efforts in getting back together and the H did nada. After the h's outburst, the H drives off with the OW. This was also the second time the H walked away. He walked away from the h when they were still teens because he wanted to see other women since the h was the only woman he ever went out with. The h took him back the first time with no questions asked because she was so in love with him. The second time he walked away, he never reached out to reconcile. They only meet again because of the memorial service. I really did not like the H's character much. He did so little on his part in the reconciliation process and I had to question what his feelings were for the h.
I did not like the h much either. I felt like she was too much of a doormat and made no effort to move on when she knew that her ex was dating again. Why did it take a memorial service to reunite the two if they were still in love with each other? If not for the service, would the H still be dating the OW while the h wallowed in self pity?
Likes: the H did not sleep with the OW. He told the h that he felt pressure to move on and start dating but could not sleep with the OW because he was still thinking of her.
There is a HEA, but not an uplifting story.
I appreciated the ‘teenage first love that spans into forever’ premise, because there is something beautiful and special about it. It’s rare, but it can happen. (Ask my best friend, who’s been married to her childhood sweetheart for twenty years.) Yet we learn that it really is a rarity, because people change so much over the course of their lives, and the person you were when you were fifteen is never the person you become in your late thirties, as Molly and Jamie can attest to. And particularly when something painful and devastating happens, it can often break even the strongest of relationships.
I could feel the bond between everyone in this story, how close they are. It felt genuine when a death brought them together again, because I feel like years can go by, yet a death reminds us all of what we had and what’s really important in life. Brooke Moss did such an incredible job of showcasing that. She also showed us how many layers there are to people, how there’s so much more going on beneath the surface that is often not portrayed to the outside world.
I couldn’t help but imagine what my life would be like if something happened to my best friend, or if something happened to her marriage. How she would handle it, how I could be there to support her. While reading about the lives of each special character in Here's to Campfires and S’mores, I was reminded of how important my own relationships and friendships are, and how important it is to cherish that forever.
Meeting and making new friends. Bree, Rachel, April and Molly become fast forever friends. Helping each other through the trials of life. Marriages, births and serious illnesses. Losing their way and finding their way back to happiness. One warning, make sure you have your tissues near by. I laughed with the funny stories and cried with the more solemn occasions. Over all I loved it.