Island Girl by Sandra Byrd is a sweet story about a girls search for herself. Meg spends every summer on her grandparents berry farm. This year many things have changed. Her mother is remarried with a new baby on the way and a new family lives on the farm. Tias father has been hired to run the farm since Grandpa is getting too old and Megs dad isnt around to help. Meg worried that Tia has replaced her.Meg finds a plaque that belonged to her father as a boy and memorizes the verse inscribed on it: Galatians 5: 22-23a. For the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Meg vows to make choices in her life that bears good fruit. She befriends Tia and the two start a summer business together selling berries and smoothies. Many problems come their way, but Meg continually reminds herself of the fruit of the spirit, determined to make choices that bear sweet, plentiful fruit.I enjoyed this story of a girl trying to enjoy her summer vacation, working hard at a summer job, but fearing the future. A big choice lay ahead as to where Meg will live? Will she go back to her mom and the new baby? Or will she stay with her dad and help on the berry farm? Besides this tough decision, Meg faces everyday decisions about whether or not to take a comment too hard, whether or not to be jealous of Tia, whether or not to work with Tia or run on the cross country team with cute Charlie Richards. Meg faces each dilemma in a believable manner and doesnt always do the right thing. I loved her for it. Her honesty was a delight to read. I highly recommend this book to girls looking for a fun, sweet story.
I really liked this book. Like all of Sandra's books, it makes everyday life interesting, and stesses the importance of growing good fruit. I liked Tia, and Pablo was so cute, always asking for licorice every time he saw Meg. The Quince sounded amazing, it would be so cool to have one. I really liked the smoothie ideas; cold berries in yogurt with chocolate; Yum! Just reading it got me drooling!
I loved this book! I couldn't put it down and can't wait to get my hands(or in this case my eyes) on the next one in the series. I appreciated Meg's efforts to bear fruit because I am also focusing on bearing fruit and continuing to grow in my spiritual walk with the Lord. I found this book to be a big encouragement. Thank you so much, Sandra!