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Amanda in the Summer by Brenda Whiteside

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  • Three generations of women...and the secret that strengthens their love.

    A line of women, all named Amanda, stretches back for generations. Each with her hopes, her joys, her pain--each pouring out her heart in correspondence with a dear family friend who shares their lives, understands their loves, and joins in their sorrows.

    But within the correspondence lies a secret. And as the youngest of the Amandas retraces the journey through the years--beginning in post-war America and following through to modern day--the letters reveal, layer by layer, the Amandas who came before her. Soon, the truths and lies hidden in the letters lead her down a path of self-discovery that forges a bond between her past and future.

    Rating: Sweet
    Page Count: 53
    Word Count: 10539
    978-1-62830-011-6 Digital

    Excerpt:

    August 24, 1968

     

    Dear Tilly,

    A few days of bliss with no one to talk to but the seagulls. I have you to thank for this. I’m so glad you popped back after Amanda, Robert, and Mother left. The strain I put on all of us while you were here would’ve dragged on for who knows how long if you hadn’t returned. Once again, Tilly, you read the tea leaves and righted things.

    My moods have been so ragged of late. Jealousy of all things. Jealous that you could talk to my daughter, get along so lovely with her, which I’ve had difficulty doing these last few months. Jealous of your longer running friendship with Robert than with me. I’m not sure if I was jealous of him or you. You’re both mine. And angry that the two of you are uncomfortable around each other after so many years and not making sense of that. When Robert left, I tried to give him the blue swimsuit you had left behind and asked him to drop in on you to return it. He said no, I could do it when I got back. This was so unlike him and did more to unsettle me...

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08/18/2017

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“Evocative and thought-provoking. AMANDA IN THE SUMMER exposes love’s inexplicable complexities.”
~TAMARA HOGAN, AUTHOR

I absolutely loved this story. I love the style of telling the story in letters, but also the way it spanned several decades and the wording was different depending on the decade. AMAZON

DIVAS OF DESIRE BLOG: This is a story of mothers and daughters, love and friendship, and the decisions we all have to make. I recommend Amanda in the Summer to readers who enjoy woman's fiction written with a light touch.

Brenda has such an amazing way of creating characters that draw you in while weaving a story line that keeps you engaged and wanting more! AMAZON

I downloaded this at the suggestion of a coworker who's family knows the author. I am glad I did because I loved the way it's written, and I was left wanting more when I got to the end of the book. AMAZON

STILL MOMENTS MAGAZINE
Letters that take a reader through the years. A short story, yet engaging with interesting characters and family connections. Thoroughly entertaining.

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