Golden by Jessi Kirby


Book Description

Publication Date:May 14, 2013
Love, tragedy, and mystery converge in this compelling novel from “an author to watch” (Booklist).Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.

Review –

This is a wonderful story about self-discovery, romance,friendship, and the road not taken.  It was offered free on Pulseit and I knew right away that it was  going to be one that I would long remember.  The characters are as true as today and the attention to details made it shine.  If you cry easily better have a Kleenex handy near the end.

Even if you are not a fan of YA(young adult literature) or have never read any-please give this story a chance.  You won’t be sorry.


1930 (Book Two-Aryl’s Divide) by M.L. Gardner


Book Description

Publication Date:April 18, 2013
The long awaited second book in the 1929 Jonathan’s Cross trilogy. It’s June, 1930 and life is harder than ever. The residents of Rockport, Massachusetts have just held a memorial service for Aryl Sullivan. Everyone searches for ways to cope and continue on with life, except his pregnant widow, Claire, who is devastated. Caleb drowns his sorrow in a bottle of whiskey and Jonathan anxiously awaits the birth of his child. Once again, Maura is put to work to see them past the worst of it, facing setbacks of her own. As the gears of life slowly start to move again, new friends are made and old enemies return to finish what they started. At Maura’s inarguable insistence, Claire meets Gordon, a widower, and they begin to forge a bond through a common sorrow. As Claire begins to move on and accept her new life, Aryl returns. While a happy reunion at first, all is not as it seems with Aryl. As his self destruction becomes obvious to everyone, Jonathan and Caleb must do what they can to save their friend.
Review –
Fantastic follow-up to the first book and I found it very hard to put down.  I love the description of the sea and the lives of the fishermen who rely om its bounty.  Really looking forward to the next installment.