Monday, April 2, 2012
Today's Special - - Susan Mallery
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the relationships that move them. Publisher’s Weekly calls Susan’s prose “luscious and provocative,” and Booklist says, “Novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.” Visit Susan online at www.susanmallery.com.
The Precious Sense of Wonder
When my dog Nikki was little – er, littler… full-grown, she tops out at six pounds – she loved to pounce on door stops in our house. She’d leap onto them in full attack mode, then bound backward when they bobbled around on their little springs.
A mad fit of barking, then she’d pounce again.
Although I don’t have children of my own, I know for parents, that poignancy must be even stronger, as they watch with a mixture of pride and sadness as their children grow up. You want them to learn about the world – they must – but each time they learn something, in a way, they lose something, too. They can’t ever go back to the time of unknowing.
In my latest book, BAREFOOT SEASON, Carly’s daughter Gabby is nine years old, and Carly is doing everything she can to nurture and protect her daughter’s sense of wonder and her sense of security in the world. She wants her daughter to be a kid for as long as possible. Gabby knows nothing about her mother’s falling out with Michelle Sanderson, once her best friend. For ten years, Michelle was the absentee daughter of Carly’s boss and, as the book starts, she becomes Carly’s boss, herself. Carly doesn’t want Gabby to worry about what will happen to them now that Michelle has come home. She has only told Gabby that Michelle is a hero in the Army. She hasn’t told the girl about the way Michelle betrayed her just before she fled Blackberry Island and joined the service.
When Michelle first meets Gabby, she, too, is struck by the girl’s innocence. In fact, Gabby’s innocence is a painful reminder to Michelle of all that she has lost. But, although Michelle doesn’t realize it right away, the girl’s childlike sense of wonder will inspire her to reclaim a piece of herself she had thought was lost forever.
BAREFOOT SEASON is the story of Michelle and Carly’s reconciliation over one long, lovely summer on Blackberry Island. (The book is the first of my new Blackberry Island series.) Along the way, they’ll each find love with a terrific man, and they’ll discover that life is sweeter with friends at your side. Read a free excerpt and learn more about Blackberry Island at www.blackberryisland.com.
What did you believe as a child that makes you smile with nostalgia today? What do the children in your life believe that makes you smile?