Avery is a seventeen-year-old girl whose reality has just been shattered by the death of her mother. Feeling a desperate need to flee from what has become her life, she follows a travel plan meant for her mom and her that leads her to the little beach town where her mom grew up. It’s there that she meets a group of three adventurous friends who adopt her into their circle, allowing her to experience a summer she never thought would be possible after suffering such a great loss. Unfortunately, her summer full of experiences threatens to end abruptly when she realizes that one of the three has a secret that causes her to question everything about the new life she has been building.
Avery must learn to balance her grief and her desire for a future in order to achieve her mother’s final wish for her: That she would be happy to be alive.
Chelsea grew up with an immense love for words--both reading them and writing them. She obtained her degree in English and has spent the time since then getting married to her high school sweetheart and chasing adventure so she'll have something to write about. When she's not drinking copious amounts of coffee while writing, she spends her time reading, playing with her puppy named Gatsby, and dreaming, always dreaming."
This book is excellent! I give this book high praises, especially since Chelesa is a first time author. I can't even begin to describe the feelings and emotions I had as I read the emotional journey of Avery, a 17 year old girl who has just lost her mother to cancer. Avery finds that her mom planned a vacation for the two them in a drawer. She finds plane tickets, an itinerary, lots of details and Avery can either decide to live with her aunt or hop on a plane and see where this journey her mother wanted them to take together. Along the way, Avery meets wonderful people and deals with her grief, but also has to battle with her future. Chelsea did a fantastic job at pulling all the characters together in this book. I could not put this novel down. I was highly impressed. This is the perfect vacation book or beach read. You will be hooked from page 1 till the end. I want to start my own journal about the reasons why I am happy to be alive because....
Thank you Nytree Press for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes. I look forward to seeing more books from Chelsea Jacobs in the future!