I have been a bit lax about including new content here because life has been my focus lately. And that’s a good thing but I thought I would share about this story. I found it fun and since I grew up in the mountains, going to camp in the mountains, hiking and all that, this one brought back a lot of fun memories. This is part of a series but it worked just fine as a stand alone.
I did receive the book as part of a JustRead Tours promotion but sharing it here on my blog is my choice and not required for that.
Tess was about to achieve her dream when a freak accident caused a serious injury for the athlete. With the Olympics now a question and healing taking a much slower road than this go-getter would like, Tess ends up stepping in for her brother at a summer camp. With her athletic know-how, she is just what is needed for the activities director at the camp that Austin is trying to get up and running again after inheriting it. Tess jumps right in and finds healing in the process of activity, being unplugged, helping others, and staying involved in a life completely different that when she knew.
Austin finds the help he needs in Tess to grow beyond the hurt that he remembers, the failings he feels deeply, and the weight of feeling responsible. As the summer progresses, so much happens that growth in inevitable.
Add in a couple of other unique characters and the crew is just right. Josh is Austin’s nephew and he’s around for the summer, too, while his mom is working overseas. Josh finds much to get involved in, including the lives of others. This really helps him grow and finds a joy in something that was a complete surprise for him.
Trudy is the camp cook and she keeps everyone fed and in line. She is that character that everyone loves having and wishes were real. Some of us are able to see our grandmothers in her and hear her corrections, admonitions, and pushes come alive in our minds. She really adds depth to the story.
This is a wonderful, clean story about characters that are real and alive, growing and changing through the work of living daily in the life you have. It was an enjoyable read.
It is part of a series but works perfectly well as a stand-alone novel. I have not read anything previous to this and it was an enjoyable story just as it is.
I was thankful to get to read this novel through a book tour from JustRead Tours. All opinions are my own.
Lori, At Home.
feel good stories are sometimes exactly what a person needs to read. I’m guessing i would enjoy this one.
I think you would.