Title: SUMMER OF HOPE
Word Count: 52,000
After witnessing the death of her twin brother Jamie, sixteen year old Callie swears to never allow herself to get close to anyone again, because it hurts too much to lose them. She begins to question her faith and rebel against her family. Against her wishes, she is made to go to her family's summer vacation home. While there, she meets the "Perfects". They're the kind of girls who Callie always wanted to be like and wasn't...perfect hair, perfect clothes, perfect boyfriends. And suddenly, they invite her into their perfect little group. She also meets the new neighbor, Ethan; and even though she thinks there is something weird about him, she's drawn to him. Unfortunately, she also finds out that he's hiding a secret. And when she finally discovers what's going on, her world is changed in ways she couldn't have ever imagined, along with everyone else around her.
Callie is forced to face her worst fears, and challenge her beliefs in love, faith, and herself all in one summer.
Summer of Hope would appeal to readers that enjoy reading Lurlene McDaniel or Sarah Dessen. I have my B.S. in English Education from Penn State University and have written for almost ten years for various on and offline publications as both a freelancer and contracted writer.
Callie sat up in her bed with a start, dripping with sweat, causing her thin summer nightgown to cling to her shaking body. Tears were streaming down her face as she kept repeating to herself, "It was a dream, it was just a dream."
Slowly, she swung her legs off of the side of the bed until her feet touched the cool hardwood floor. She stood up and walked to the window, while attempting to gulp back the sobs. As she brushed the sheer cotton curtain back from the window, her mind didn't even register the moonlit setting in front of her. Instead, all she could see was a repeat of the scene that had awakened her, playing over and over again in her mind's eye.
She could see Jamie laughing with his friends, reaching over to good naturedly jostle his buddy over something he said that Callie couldn't hear from where she was standing in their yard. It was a gorgeous spring day, the classic kind that makes everyone want to just forget about any responsibilities they might have indoors, and go outside and enjoy the sunshine and breeze and just being alive. It was also the kind of day that makes sixteen year old kids try to be impressive and drive like they're in the Indy 500.
They said Jamie never even knew what hit him. He had barely stepped down from the curb, when a convertible full of teenagers roared around the turn, ignoring the stop sign, and ran directly into him.