Friday, July 1, 2011

Giveaway for "Fresh Start Summer" by Beverly Nault


Back Cover: Friendships, old and new, find fresh beginnings when Cherryvale's extreme makeover transforms the peaceful town to an exciting movie location.

Grace Harkins, a muffin-making, bike-riding, retired teacher can't wait to be an extra for the movie filming in Cherryvale. But when outspoken Maggie protests the "biz" invading, suspicious fires break out, strangers lurk and threatening phone calls force Grace to choose between her carefree retirement and saving a friendship in real danger.

About Beverly: Beverly writes from Southern California where she lives with her husband, Gary. They have two grown children. Beverly also writes nonfiction. She co-authored "Lessons from the Mountain, What I Learned from Erin Walton." The book describes Mary McDonough's memories playing Erin on the award winning television drama, "The Waltons."

My Take: This is a sweet, low-keyed pleasant read. The setting is Small Town, America aka Cherryvale. Reading "Fresh Start Summer" took me back to my youth when times were simpler and neighbors knew and cared about each other. But Beverly has entwined her story with a touch of realism. Everything in Cherryvale isn't a bowl full of cherries. The characters are real with real problems that need to be solved.

When a movie crew comes to town to film a movie there are conflicting feelings about the onslaught of those "Hollywood" people invading Cherryvale. The very outspoken Maggie finds herself in a heap of trouble. She is building a refuge for unwanted animals and everything begins to go wrong. Her buildings are being set on fire and she blames it on those movie people getting revenge because she spoke against them. There is more to this mystery though than meets the eye. You will need to read it to find out what happens!

Just as I finished reading "Fresh Start Summer" it was announced in a small town bordering where I live a film crew would be arriving to film a move. The small town of Cedartown welcomed Billy Bob Thornton and Robert Duvall who would be playing in the movie "Jane Mansfield's Car." There was a big to do for a couple of weeks while they were filming. So let me tell you right now the story of Cherryvale in "Fresh Start Summer" can really happen - and it did.

To enter to win a copy of "Fresh Start Summer"
1. You must be a follower or sign up as a new follower
2. Leave an email address so I can contact the winner
3. Visit Beverly's website and look around
4. Did you grow up in a small town? Do you remember the feeling of community?
5. Contest ends July 20th.

Thank you to Lamp Post Publishing for a copy of "Fresh Start Summer" to review.



  1. Yes, I did grow up in a small town. It didn't have the feeling of community like you read about in small town books though!

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    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  2. I did grow up in a small town and there was a great sense of community there. I am a follower.

    Thank you so much for the chance to win this.


  3. Meredith, perhaps we're all looking for close relationships, no matter wherever we live?

    Rebecca, I'd be interested in hearing about your memories of "small town" living, and whether you think we can generate that same sense of community in larger cities.

  4. No, I didn't grow up in a small town. I grew up in a big city .... New York City. I now live in a small town and absolutely love it. I am a follower and would love to read this book. The cover is just beautiful!


  5. i did grow up in a small town...loved it. i'm a follower...thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  6. I am a follower. I visited the author's website and learned that she would like to travel to Italy. I grew up in a small town and still live there and have a sense of community and love it!