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Sutherland Kindle Edition
Acting out with local boys and refusing to play the piano she loves, Jennalee finds the Sutherland hordes a welcome diversion. Amid the countless well-off families come the Laidlaws -- on motorcycles. This black sheep branch of the family seems as rebellious as Jennalee does, and she’s drawn to their punk violinist son, Harley.
Over the four-day Fourth of July weekend, the Sutherlands drink, party, squabble, and even manage to burn down part of the inn. Can Harley pull Jennalee from her rebellion and help her find emotional stability with the music they share?
- ASIN : B078Q4T1ZW
- Publisher : JMS Books LLC (January 13, 2018)
- Publication date : January 13, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1395 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 276 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1983681954
- Lending : Enabled
- Customer Reviews:
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Jennalee and Harley’s interplay throughout the novel is priceless. No matter where the reader comes from, no matter their background, they will recognize and remember what it was like growing up. They will feel the angst, fear, excitement, and anticipation right along with these characters.
No one else I’ve read has come close to putting together a coming-of-age novel of this quality and caliber. Jennalee and Harley touched numerous cords from my childhood nearly 35 years ago. Highly recommended.
To call this novel a coming of age story doesn't reflect its many layers and for me, is a wry written account of the many mistakes I've made in my youth. "Would have, should have, could have" lines up right next to "If I put out maybe he'll love me/call me/ respect me." To change or not to change is deftly explored by the author, especially in terms of sexual preference with Jennalee and Harley. There is a bittersweet ending that nonetheless promises hope and love, just not the kind the characters want.
California's Gold Rush country is deftly introduced but in such a way the reader could easily substitute Downieville for Sutter Creek. Sutters' Fort for Volcano, etc. As a professional musician I am delighted by the wealth of information Ms. Thomas wove into her story.
I heartily recommend this read!