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Friday, August 28, 2009

Sunflower Serenade: A Fun summer Read

It’s county fair season all across the land. In fact, we just entered Mom’s artwork in her county fair while I was there last week. Brought back fond memories.

I grew up in a town of about 2,000 in Wyoming. The county fair was one of the highlights of the year, especially for us 4-H’ers. I remember summers filled with cooking and sewing in preparation for the fair. I can still remember the anticipation of entering my exhibits and hoping for blue ribbons and the “best of” 4-H prizes (which I won four years in a row). It was also great fun to explore both the animal and homemaking exhibits, ride the carnival rides, watch the parade, and of course, eat snow-cones and cotton candy. Unfortunately, since we’ve moved to California we’ve only attended a county fair a couple of time. Big city fairs just don’t have the same feel as those in small town.

Tricia Goyer’s Sunflower Serenade rekindled my small town memories. It’s a fun summer read with a GenSandwich link. You can read more about the book below and on the blog tour.

About Sunflower Serenade: A small-town summer...
The days are long and lazy, the corn is high, the sunflowers are in bloom, and everyone in Bedford, Nebraska, is gearing up for the biggest event of the summer: the annual county fair. But when a Nashville music producer approaches Bob about using Heather Creek Farm to film a country star's new music video, he and Charlotte are faced with a dilemma. Will they allow the glamour and enticements of big-city life to encroach upon their peaceful home? Will the excitement of celebrity drown out the simple joys of summer?

The Home to Heather Creek series features grandparents raising their grandkids. Charlotte Stevenson's world is turned upside down when her daughter, Denise, dies in a tragic car accident. She ran away at eighteen and Charlotte has never forgiven herself. Now, Denise's children, abandoned by their father, are coming from California to live on Heather Creek Farm in Bedford, Nebraska.

Charlotte is uncertain about her ability to care for three grandchildren who are not thrilled to give up the beach and sunshine for snow and farm chores! But she sees a chance to make amends and will do whatever it takes to keep her fragile family together. Feel the courage, strength and commitment of this family as their lives unfold in the Home to Heather Creek series.

Want to win an entire set of the Home to Heather Creek series? Playing on one element of the book - big city entertainers vs. old county fair – the contest for this blog tour is City Girl Goes Country! Share your funniest story (about you or someone you know) about a time when you as the “city girl” goes to the country or “country girl” goes to the city. Enter the contest here.

To buy book:  These books are not available on Amazon, but must be ordered from Guidepost. The books come in a series and you can order those at the link. However, if you just want to order Every Sunrise you must call the customer service number (1-800-431-2344).

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