Welcome to those of you stopping by after reading our devotion on Proverbs 31 Ministries. Your timing couldn’t be better. Today we announce our featured book club selection for July: Dandelion Summer by Lisa Wingate. And we’re also giving away a Kindle to one lucky winner!
Over the last few months our selections have covered some weighty topics and it’s time for a breather. We couldn’t have found a better story to land in this month than Lisa’s latest novel – perfect for the warm lazy days of summer.
A little about the book:
All of her life, Epiphany Salerno has been tossed like a dandelion seed on the wind. Now, with the death of Mrs. Lora – the family friend who took Epie into her home – the sixteen-year-old must move to Dallas to live with her indifferent mother and new stepfather. Trapped on the low-rent side of Blue Sky Hill, the half-Italian and half-African-American Epie doesn’t fit in-and soon finds herself on the wrong side of the law. To make restitution, she’s sent to work in another place she’s not wanted: a home on the upscale streets of the The Hill.
When J. Norman Alvord learns that his daughter has hired a teenager to stay with him in the afternoons, he’s determined to nix the arrangement. Widowed and suffering from heart trouble, Norman wants to be left alone. But in Epie’s presence, Norman finds a mystery. Deep in his mind lie memories of another house, another life, and a young black woman, a housekeeper, who saved him…
As summer comes to Blue Sky Hill, two residents from different worlds will journey through a turbulent past and find that with an unexpected road trip through sleepy Southern towns come a life-changing friendship…and clues to a family secret hidden for a lifetime.
You can read the first chapter here.
Lisa is giving away a Kindle to one lucky winner, along with a signed copy of the book and a little extra bling. If you’d like to win this prize pack, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post.
We will be discussing Dandelion Summer on our discussion forum all month long. If you’ve not signed up to become a member (it’s free!) we urge you to do so. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with all of our featured authors. This month all those who participate in the discussion will be entered to win a “Book-n-Bling Gift Pack,” including an autographed copy of Dandelion Summer and a bit of bling to go with it! For every comment you leave in the discussion, your name will be tossed in the hat.
A little about Lisa Wingate:
Lisa Wingate is an award-winning journalist, magazine columnist, popular inspirational speaker and a national bestselling author of 16 books. Her first mainstream novel, Tending Roses, is in its fifteenth printing from Penguin Putnam. Tending Roses is a staple on the shelves of national bookstore chains as well as in many independent bookstores.
Recently, Lisa’s Blue Sky Hill Series, set in Dallas, received national attention with back-to-back nominations for American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award for A Month of Summer (2009) and The Summer Kitchen (2010). Pithy, emotional, and inspirational, her stories bring to life characters so real that readers often write to ask what is happening to them after the book ends.
Lisa is one of a select group of authors to find success in both the Christian and mainstream markets, writing for both Bethany House, a Christian publisher, and NAL Penguin Putnam, in mainstream fiction. Her bestselling books have become a hallmark of inspirational southern fiction. Her works have been featured by the National Reader’s Club of America, AOL Book Picks, Doubleday Book Club, the Literary Guild, American Profiles and have been chosen for numerous awards.
Lisa Wingate will be attending Proverbs 31 Ministries annual She Speaks Conference later this month. If you’ll be there as well, make a note to meet her during the She Reads book signing on Friday afternoon. Or just pull her aside in the hallway and say hello. She’ll be there all weekend.
About Ariel Lawhon
Ariel Lawhon is the co-founder of She Reads, novelist, blogger, storyteller, and life-long reader. She lives in Texas with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). Ariel believes that Story is the shortest distance to the human heart.