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Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Sweethaven Summer - Giveaway and Review

I love it when you get the opportunity to review a debut novel because it's either going to introduce you to an great new author or will leave you disappointed. This novel, A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh is the introduction to a fabulous new author I can't wait for you to meet.

In this novel you are introduced immediately to Suzanne who is in the process of sharing a bombshell secret that she has been compiling for the last five years in a scrapbook/journal she created along with her three friends, Jane, Lila and Meghan. In it, each of them added photos, ticket stubs or notes scribbled on scratch paper that they had gathered every summer since the eighth grade. Would her secret taint those memories? Even though she called the three girls their best friends they didn't even know the secret she'd carried with her on the road out of town. The pages in front of her begged her to come clean, to tell the truth, after all this time.

In the pages of this scrapbook we learn that Jane hated her body, Lila painfully recounted her relationship with an indifferent mother and that Meg confided about being the only nondrinker at a high school party last summer. Confessions. They were all nice girls. All except Suzanne. But they weren't kids anymore - and even their darkest secrets didn't compare to the bombshell she was about to drop. - August 1987.

Now we find Campbell Carter who is Suzanne's daughter and is dealing with her mother's funeral. Little over a week ago, her mother called and asked her to come over to talk about somethings she needed to discuss. She could tell by her mother's tone that she was nearing the end of her struggle with cancer and was squaring things away. Only she would never get to know what she wanted to discuss because when she arrived home, she found her mother lying on the floor. She would never wake up and thus Campbell would be orphaned at 24. If only she could know what her mother wanted to tell her before she died. She wouldn't until she came across the scrapbook her mother and her friends made and that is where the story begins.

I received this heartwarming and charming novel compliments of Courtney Walsh for my honest review and have discovered a new treasure in Courtney's writing. You can't help but be swept away into the story and thus the reason for giving this debut novel a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. I can't wait for the next novel by this amazing and talent author. Now here's the most amazing part!

Courtney has agreed to provide a personalized copy of A Sweethaven Summer for one lucky follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart and here's all you need to do to enter:

1. Be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. Be a resident of the US or have a US shipping address. Please No P.O. Boxes.

3. Leave a comment below telling me why you'd love to win a copy of A Sweethaven Summer along with your email address. You can use the words (at) or (dot) instead of the symbols.

The winner will be notified by email when the giveaway ends on May 14th. I can't think of a better book to read this summer than Courtney's A Sweethaven Summer! For more information on this amazing author, the novel or where you can purchase a copy today, please click on the link below:


  1. Sounds like a good book, I like finding new authors.

  2. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book because it sounds very good.

  3. We all have things in our pasts but I doubt we have them recorded. I just spent the weekend looking through my mom's lifetime in pictures. That was fun. I'd love to read this book.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  4. Congrats of your new debut release. The book sounds great and love the cover. I love finding new authors to check out. I love to read and always looking for new books and authors. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Secrets among bff's sound quite interesting! Hooray for debut authors. jenniferlanebooks at gmail dot com

  6. This book sounds so good! Like the perfect summer escape story :)

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

  7. To find clues to the past and meaning in the present through a scrapbook sounds intriguing. I'd love to be entered for A Sweethaven Summer.
    I'm a follower.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  8. I would like to win this book because I can't wait to find out what Suzanne's secret is. Sounds like a great book. Please enter me. Thanks!

  9. Follow on GFC as Anita Yancey.


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