ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Courtney Walsh is a published author, scrapbooking expert, theatre director and playwright. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, was released in February, 2012 by Guideposts Books, and will be followed by two additional novels in the series. She has also written two papercrafting books, Scrapbooking Your Faith and The Busy Scrapper and is currently working on her third, The Scrapcrafter’s Idea Book (F&W Publications, February, 2013.)
Courtney has been a contributing editor for Memory Makers Magazine and Children’s Ministry Magazine and is a frequent contributor to Group Publishing curriculum, newsletters and other publications. She has also written several full-length musicals, including her most recent, The Great American Tall Tales and Hercules for Christian Youth Theatre, Chicago. Courtney is a member of ACFW and is the current PR Manager for Webster’s Pages, a scrapbooking manufacturer. She lives in Colorado with her ultra creative husband and three children.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Suzanne's daughter, Campbell, journeys there in search of answers to her questions about her mother's history.
Suzanne's three friends-Lila, Jane, and Meghan-were torn apart by long-buried secrets and heartbreak. Though they haven't spoken in years, each has pieces of a scrapbook they made together in Sweethaven.Suzanne's letters have lured them all back to the idyllic lakeside town, where they meet Campbell and begin to remember what was so special about their long Sweethaven summers.
As the scrapbook reveals secrets one by one, old wounds are mended, lives are changed, and friendships are restored-just as Suzanne intended.
If you would like to read the first chapter of A Sweethaven Homecoming, go HERE.
Courtney is a keeper! Her writing is some of the best in today's Christian market...oh, forget that...in today's fiction marketplace! I fell in love with her characters in "A Sweethaven Summer" and was so hoping she would write a sequel...and she did!
The description you read is actually the intro to the first novel, which is good, because it doesn't give much away about this one. In "A Sweethaven Homecoming" the one remaining member of the scrapbooking group returns...but it's a not so sweet homecoming.
She's in the fight of her life with little hope of winning. And she has relationships to repair, but doesn't know if she has the tools required to fix what was broken years ago. Can a new friend--Campbell--help old friends find the way to healing?
I think I enjoyed this book more than the first simply because I knew the characters and how they each thought and operated. And finally getting to meet the missing cast member was a treat...and she's easy to connect with, just like the others in the first novel.
I'm a huge fan of stories about groups of women, and "A Sweethaven Homecoming" ranks in my top ten. I'm hoping Courtney keeps writing more about these amazing women, and that she has even more stories in her creative mind's eye. I received "A Sweethaven Homecoming" from Guideposts in exchange for my honest review.
"A Sweethaven Homecoming" is highly recommended, as is "A Sweethaven Summer"...in fact, Courtney's novel made the New York Times Bestsellers List I do believe!
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