Good Morning! Here's the Monday Morning Blog!
Did you get a chance to touch base with that teen or young adult in your life last week? Have you been able to spend some time together this summer? Take some time to do so this month before it is time to go back to school and into that routine.
We are lucky that we get to spend time with our young adults at our family cabin. It gives us a great opportunity to be together away from the daily grind we find at home.
August's Theme - Summertime Fun
How has your summer been going? With the talk of young adults going back to college and parents getting their children and teens back to school. I know when August comes around, I feel things are winding down from one season and starting to wind back up for going back to school.
I hope to hang on to summer a little while longer by talking about what we can do before it is over. Through this month's posts, I want to find out why summertime is such a special time for us and our teens and young adults.
So come along with me and let's take it easy and enjoy the last month of summer. Check out my mentor page and see how I am doing it Selma P. Verde - Mentor Page
Book of the Month
When I chose this month's Book of the Month, I was looking for that light beach read, you know the kind that you can sit down and read in one sitting if you wanted? The title even worked well into my monthly theme!
Selma’s Book Review
Summer at Firefly Beach
Type of Book
Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Jenny Hale, like me, started writing later in life. She writes contemporary romance novels, many of which have been made into movies on Lifetime. When she isn't writing, she is busy with her husband and two kids.
Summary of the book
Hallie Flynn has many fond memories of spending time at her aunt and uncle's home on Firefly Beach. After her aunt's death, she is called to spend the summer at Firefly Beach with her family and her best friend Ben Murray. As she works through grief, her uncle has a list that aunt wanted her to complete before he will give her the inheritance. It is a list Hallie wrote down when she was 12 of things she wanted to do in her life. Hallie wonders why she needs to complete these tasks now, but as she does them, she learns more about who she really is.
Reaction to the book
I really enjoyed this book. It is a light summer read that was very engaging. I don't typically read many romance novels; however, this one had a storyline that kept me going. I was drawn into to the journey that Hallie goes through as she completes her list and learns more about a passion she hadn't really pursued, until now. Even though it is considered a contemporary romance, I felt that this book was more about Hallie's journey than being so focused on the romance. So, it was a good mix for me.
If you are looking for that light summertime read, I recommend this book for young adults and adults alike.
Link to the author
If you want to learn more about the author, here is a link to her website Jenny Hale
Link to the book
If you want to purchase a copy of The Firekeeper's Daughter. Here is a link to Amazon - Summer at Firefly Beach. Or you can pick it up from one of your local bookstores or shop Bookshop.org and have the purchase credited to them.
Need a summertime read for your teens?
Both of the books in The Way Series focus on high school and the challenges teens can face. The Hard Way focuses on peer pressure and Shawn's Way focuses on bullying. Looking for a couple of reads for your teens before they head back to school? Check these two options out on the books tab of my website, Selma's Books