Emily Sue Harvey’s first novel, Song of Renewal, was praised by New York Times bestselling author Jill Marie Landis as “an uplifting, heartwarming story,” by bestselling author Kay Allenbaugh as a work that will “linger in the memory long after readers put it aside,” and by Coffee Time Romance as “a must-read book for anyone doing a little soul searching.” New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry said, “It captures your attention, and whets your appetite for more,” while Peeking between the Pages called it “quite simply a beautiful book.”
Now, in Flavors, this master storyteller of the human heart sweeps us along with twelve-year-old Sadie Ann Melton as she enters a life-altering season. The summer of 1950 will change everything for her. For in that summer, she will embark on an odyssey at once heartbreakingly tender and crushingly brutal. At times, she will experience more darkness than she has ever witnessed before. At others, she will thrill to lightness and joy she never imagined. By summer’s end, the Melton women in Sadie’s journey – loving her, coaxing her, and commanding her – will help shape her into the woman she becomes. And they will expose Sadie to all of the flavors of life as she savors the world that she brings into being.
Filled with charm, wisdom, and the smorgasbord of emotions that comes with the first steps into adulthood, Flavors once again proves Emily Sue Harvey’s unique ability to touch our souls with her unforgettable stories.
The book starts out with Sadie as an elderly woman looking back over her younger years with nostalgia.
During one summer, her parents had to work quite a bit and had no one to watch Sadie and her brother, Little Joe. So the kids ended up staying on their grandparents’ farm during the week and only going home on the weekends.
Life at the farm is rough. She is used to being home with her parents and only brother where she is shown great love and affection. At the farm, things are different, much different. There she is one of many that stay and she is often teased and is made to feel like an outcast.
However, you can’t learn to appreciate the good unless you get a taste of the bad.
The title of the book comes from one of the elderly Sadie’s reflections.
"To me, life is a huge pie, each slice a different flavor. Childhood is definitely lemon. Yet youth cannot completely contain it because a bit of its tanginess pops up still, a half century later. Not as often, and maybe not as strong, but during an exceptionally joyful time of love or discovery, a triumph, I whiff it."
This is a very quick read, but it delivers a powerful punch. I really enjoyed the quirky story and all the great characters. Emily Sue Harvey has done a splendid job of transporting you back to the 1950s in this novella.
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