Can love really heal all things? If Sam Carroll hadn't shown up, she might have been able to get to her mother in time. Instead, Allie Everly finds herself at a funeral, mourning the loss of her beloved mother. She is dealt another blow when, a few hours later, she is sent from Tennessee to Maine to become the daughter of Miss Beatrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith Allie cannot accept. Poetry and letters written to her mother become the only things keeping Allie's heart from hardening completely. But then Sam arrives for the summer, and with him comes many confusing emotions, both toward him and the people around her. As World War II looms, Allie will be forced to decide whether hanging on to the past is worth losing her chance to be loved.
This is a good book for early teens who feel lost & hopeless. The storyline is full of life lessons. The main character has a lot to try and understand about loss & love. With help from people who care about her, she can come to terms with the things she has been taught. More importantly, she can accept the things that she was never taught. As she grows from a child to a young lady, she also grows in attitude & spirituality. It's nice to read a story where the main character learns & grows from the mistakes of the past. A good ʺcoming of ageʺ story. I would recommend this book to all young people. A wonderful way to learn.
Reviewer Rating: 4 StarsReviewed by~Mechele
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