This is a very well written debut novel by Carla Stewart, I would describe as woman's fiction for YA except that the subject matter is very heavy. I won't be letting my daughter read it yet, I pass most of the YA I review on to her, but not this one. Parental suicide, depression and much more... a little too heavy for her. She is on the young end of YA so for older YA this might be perfect. I loved the character of Sammie, she was easy to identify with and to really connect with. I felt her pain and her desire to hope for something better and then after tragedy strikes she is thrown into turmoil even more when her aunt comes to "help" and school isn't all its cracked up to be. This book was excellent, but very heavy for a YA. Good first book by Carla Stewart.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I grew up in the Texas Panhandle with two younger sisters and loving parents. Small town school. Great neighbors. Today, those small-town, fundamental things resonate within me -- the twang in people's voices, the art of being neighborly and just being a decent human being.
Growing up, I preferred the company of books over TV and playing outdoors. I imagined myself in many different careers, but given my down-to-earth raising, I settled on nursing. I didn't faint at the sight of blood and did well in science, so it seemed a natural choice.
I worked as a registered nurse off and on through the years, but primarily I stayed home with my four rambunctious boys and dreamed of the day when I could write the novels I loved to read. When our youngest son was in high school, I quit my job as a nursing instructor and settled in to pen my first novel. It's been quite a journey. One I wouldn't trade for anything.
I'm committed to writing the stories of my heart and am truly thankful to Jesus, my Savior, for allowing me this freedom. May all the glory be His.
Chasing Lilacs is her first book!
ABOUT THE BOOK
When her mother commits suicide and a not-so-favorite aunt arrives, Sammie has to choose who to trust with her deepest fears: Her best friend who has an opinion about everything, the mysterious kid from California whose own troubles plague him, or her round-faced neighbor with gentle advice and strong shoulders to cry on. Then there's the elderly widower who seems nice but has his own dark past.
Trusting is one thing, but accepting the truth may be the hardest thing Sammie has ever done.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Chasing Lilacs, go HERE.