New Smyrna Beach, no. 3
Ann Lee Miller
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Stuck in sleepy New Smyrna Beach one last summer, Raine socks away her camp pay checks, worries about her druggy brother, and ignores trouble: Cal Koomer. She’s a plane ticket away from teaching orphans in Africa, and not even Cal’s surfer six-pack and the chinks she spies in his rebel armor will derail her.
The artist in Cal begs to paint Raine’s ivory skin, high cheek bones, and internal sparklers behind her eyes, but falling for her would caterwaul him into his parents’ life. No thanks. The girl was self-righteous waiting to happen. Mom served sanctimony like vegetables, three servings a day, and he had a gut full.
Rec Director Drew taunts her with “Rainey” and calls her an enabler. He is so infernally there like a horsefly—till he buzzes back to his ex.
Raine’s brother tweaks. Her dream of Africa dies small deaths. Will she figure out what to fight for and what to free before it’s too late?
For anyone who’s ever wrestled with her dreams.
Great mother/daughter read
Ann's books are wonderful! If you have a late teen/college aged daughter, I would highly recommend these for both of you. Dealing with real life issues that our younger generations deal with every day, Ann' books provide a springboard for real conversations with your daughter. Enough romance and sexual tension to keep your daughter interested (but believe me, far less than their getting in the other books they're reading), and interesting characters that come alive -- keep you reading so you know what happens to them in the end! I would also recommend these for younger folks struggling with their faith, especially those who have fallen away and are dealing with real life issues like addiction or promiscuity.