Books I Love! The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan is Women’s Fiction on the Road

It took me all summer and then some to get into this book but am I glad I did! I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Georgina Sutton, and it completely captivated me on so many levels. It’s great women’s fiction, an enlightening “coming of age” novel for a woman in mid-life and her octogenarian mother, and a woman in transition, with many truths laid bare. Even the teenage daughters grow a bit. A wonderful read!

About the Book

Get swept into a summer of sunshine, soul-searching and shameless matchmaking with this delightfully big-hearted road trip adventure!

Kathleen is eighty years old. After she has a run-in with an intruder, her daughter wants her to move in to a residential home. But she’s not having any of it. What she craves—what she needs—is adventure.

Liza is drowning under the daily stress of family life. The last thing she needs is her mother jetting off on a wild holiday, making Liza long for a solo summer of her own.

Martha is having a quarter-life crisis. Unemployed, unloved and uninspired, she just can’t get her life together. But she knows something has to change.

When Martha sees Kathleen’s advertisement for a driver and companion to share an epic road trip across America, she decides this job might be the answer to her prayers. She’s not the world’s best driver, but anything has to be better than living with her parents. And traveling with a stranger? No problem. Anyway, how much trouble can one eighty-year-old woman be?

As these women embark on the journey of a lifetime, they all discover it’s never too late to start over.

My Take

From the moment they take off you know the cross-country adventure of Kathleen and Martha will be transformative and fun. Each has something to prove, both have something to come to terms with: For Kathleen, it’s old heartbreak and abandoned relationships, for Martha it’s poor choices and a divorce. Liza, too, has to come to grips with her marriage (is it failing?) and finding herself after devoting years to raising her spoiled, unappreciative twin daughters.

As a lover of anything British I checked out this audiobook and found myself on an American journey across Old Route 66, a road much traveled for those seeking answers, change, growth, opportunity and adventure. Our unlikely duo find all. Back in England, Liza takes her own adventure full of temptations and a rebirth of her previous self, whom, she finds, she’s been missing for quite a long time.

The narration is superb, the clipped British tones of Georgina Sutton carrying the story well.

Recommended for lovers of strong women’s fiction, heroines of an unexpected age, romance on the road, and renewal stories.

About the Author

Sarah Morgan is a USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of romance and women’s fiction. She has sold over 21 million copies of her books and her trademark humour and warmth have gained her fans across the globe.

Sarah lives near London, England and when she isn’t writing or reading, she likes to spend time outdoors hiking or riding her mountain bike. 

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Books I Love! 5-Stars for Sarah Moon’s Middletown, Terrific #YA

Description

Thirteen-year-old Eli likes baggy clothes, baseball caps, and one girl in particular. Her seventeen-year-old sister Anna is more traditionally feminine; she loves boys and staying out late. They are sisters, and they are also the only family each can count on. Their dad has long been out of the picture, and their mom lives at the mercy of her next drink. When their mom lands herself in enforced rehab, Anna and Eli are left to fend for themselves. With no legal guardian to keep them out of foster care, they take matters into their own hands: Anna masquerades as Aunt Lisa, and together she and Eli hoard whatever money they can find. But their plans begin to unravel as quickly as they were made, and they are always way too close to getting caught.

Eli and Anna have each gotten used to telling lies as a means of survival, but as they navigate a world without their mother, they must learn how to accept help, and let other people in.

My Take

This audiobook had me from the start with its story of two teenage sisters coming to grips with their mother’s alcoholism. Eli (13) and Anna (17), aka Peanut Butter and Banana, are determined to stay together when their mom ends up in a 90-day rehab and will go to several extremes to make this happen. At the same time they’re dealing with a few other angsty issues such as Eli’s crush on her best girlfriend and the bully at school who makes each morning miserable, and Anna’s chasing after a boy known as “The Jacket,” while conflicted about taking on the mom role for her sister. This story has a full slate of social issues in addition to alcoholism and coming out: sexual abuse, abandonment, poverty, and more, but the story doesn’t get bogged down with it. Instead, the author uses tight dialogue, snappy little comebacks, relatable characters and a fast pace to keep it all moving. The narrator did a terrific job keeping all of the characters straight and bringing the appropriate emotion to each role. Recommended for YA readers of all ages.

About the Author

Sarah Moon is a teacher and writer. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, with her wife, Jasmine, and their daughter, Zora. She is the coeditor of THE LETTER Q, a young adult anthology. Her first YA novel was the critically acclaimed SPARROW; the second is MIDDLETOWN, publishing in 2021 with Levine Querido.

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Audiobook Giveaway! Win a 3-Month Subscription to Audible or Free A-books

This week I’m partnering with Authors XP to bring you a selection of audiobooks to get through your summer schedule with a chance to win a 3-month Audible subscription and free a-books. My YA novel Swim Season is included. For a chance to win a copy of it please respond to this email and tell me: How do you do audiobooks?

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Kick Start Your Summer Reading With 10 Popular YA Audiobooks Plus a Giveaway!

I Love Audiobooks

Summer will soon be upon us and that means more time to read!

But if you’re active you may not want to sit around with a book.

No problem!

Audiobooks are perfect for people on the go. You can listen to a great story while on the road – they’re terrific for long drives – or while lounging in the pool or on a hammock, taking long walks, even mowing the lawn.

Here is a collection of great Young Adult titles from Clean Indie Reads authors for your listening pleasure. We offer a variety of genres: sports, paranormal, fantasy, historical fiction, thriller, romance, and more. Peruse the selections, purchase from Amazon or Audible, then enter our raffle to win a free book.

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