What a treat to read an advance copy of Carla Stewart's debut novel, due for release in June 2010! Carla has beautifully captured the heart of a young girl coming of age in a close-knit 1950s Texas Panhandle community. Sammie Tucker's poignant journey begins as she realizes her mother is struggling with depression. Deprived of her mother's love and attention at such a vulnerable age leaves Sammie confused and heartbroken. Her search for answers and her ultimate return to hope and faith give testimony to her courage. Chasing Lilacs will take you back in time to the days of Edsels, penny loafers, hat boxes, and front-porch visits. Filled with evocative description, memorable characters, and depth of emotion, this is a novel not to be missed. I'll be watching for more good things to come from this outstanding author.
Brilliant Coming-of-Age Novel by Debut Writer!Think To Kill a Mockingbird!Summers a time for Sammie Tucker to read, to skip about her small town of Graham Camp, Texas with her best friendto breathe after the school year. But breathing becomes hard when adult words like nerve problems and shock treatments afflict their household. When death and darkness descend on Sammie like the insidious summer heat, lies become truth. Good and evil wear similar faces. As a cyclone of traumatic events hits Sammie, her life spirals out of control. Will a mysterious California boy and compassionate townspeople shelter Sammie from the past, and help her lay a foundation for her future?Oh, readers, you will smile, reminisce, and cry as Carla Stewart lets you chase lilacs on innocent sunny summer days that tragedy transforms into raging storms. Somehow Carla tackles difficult sociocultural issues without tainting the tender soul of Sammie. Carlas words leap off the page to entertain, educate, and inspire! Chasing Lilacs is definitely a five-star-read!