Everything is going right for Lucy Hansson, until her mom’s cancer reappears. Just like that, Lucy breaks with all the constants in her life: her do-good boyfriend, her steady faith, even her longtime summer church camp job.
Instead, Lucy lands at a camp for kids who have been through tough times. As a counselor, Lucy is in over her head and longs to be with her parents across the lake. But that’s before she gets to know her coworkers, who are as loving and unafraid as she so desperately wants to be.
It’s not just new friends that Lucy discovers at camp—more than one old secret is revealed along the way. In fact, maybe there’s much more to her family and her faith than Lucy ever realized.
What can I say that hasn’t already been said about Emery Lord? That she’s a wizard when it comes to writing authentic and meaningful friendships. She’s mastered the art of developing a swoony romance. Her ability to develop complex and beautiful family bonds is second to none. She knows how to write a story that gets to the emotional core of what it means to be a teenager. But…you guys know all this. If you’ve read even one of her books (I suggest you read ALL of them), then you know what an amazing author Emery is and can understand why I include her on my list of all-time faves. With the release of her fourth novel (in only three years!!), she’s managed to make me love her (and her story-telling) even more than I already did.
Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?
I’m so excited to present another edition of Book Buzzin’ here at What Sarah Read. Every so often, I feature an upcoming release I’ve read recently that I think you may want to know more about. I’ll share some of the positive buzz surrounding it and also link to retailers where you can purchase the book and any pre-order swag you can get your hands on. Today, I’m buzzin’ about Emery Lord‘s upcoming debut, “The Names They Gave Us”!
I just finished Emery’s fourth book the other night and it should come as NO surprise that I absolutely loved it. Emery has quickly become one of my very favorite authors. Her skill, talent and kindness knows no bounds and it’s been so amazing to watch her career skyrocket. Her books always come from the heart and are filled with honesty and emotion. I can’t wait for this book to get into the hands of readers.
Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.Vivi and Jonah couldn't be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi's zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there's something important Vivi hasn't told him.Perfect for fans of E. Lockhart and Jandy Nelson, When We Collided is a powerful story of two teens whose love is put to the test by forces beyond their control.
A new Emery Lord book in Winter 2016! I mean, do I really need to say any more? My excitement has reached peak levels and we still have like eight months to go! Whatever, I don’t care…who else is dying to get their hands on this one? Say it with me now….
Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances. It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?
Every once in a while you get lucky as a reader and come across a book that, from the moment you start reading, you know it’s going to be special. I had one of those moments when I started reading Emery Lord’s second novel The Start of Me and You, which as it turns out, I loved even more than her debut, Open Road Summer. Which is saying a lot because I really loved that book!
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
I was hooked on Open Road Summer from the first page. I immediately loved everything about it, from the dialogue between characters to the little moments that filled the in-betweens. Each chapter is a perfect microcosm that you just want to snuggle up in and live there forever. There were times were I literally felt like I was in the crowd swaying to the music at one of Lilah’s concerts or when I could feel the sun on my face as I looked out the window of the tour bus watching the countryside go by. Emery Lord has this innate ability to place you in her literary moments and the next thing you know your swept away in the story.
What I loved most about Open Road Summer was the unshakeable friendship between Reagan and Lilah (aka Dee). It’s so refreshing to read a story in which the two main female characters have an honest and loving friendship that focuses on building each other up rather than tearing each other down. They both bring their own baggage to the table as each of them has had their fair share of heartbreak and pain. The way in which they are there for each other is so true to the relationship between two best friends and it really made the book for me. Let’s take a moment to give a virtual high five to our BFFs out there…
What else made the book for me? Two words…MATT FINCH! ZOMG you guys…from the moment Matt entered the room I knew he was going to be a top contender on my list of book boyfriends. Everything about him is perfect!
I’m finding it really hard to write specifics about Matt since I don’t want to spoil anything, but I can say that he is exactly what one of these women needs and he came along at the perfect time. Oh, and about halfway through the book there is an amazing scene involving Matt Finch and a certain female main character. There’s a 4th of July fair, fireworks and a moonlit lake involved and I promise you that you’ll swoon harder than you’ve ever swooned before. The entire chapter was just…perfection!
If you’re looking for a fun story that touches every part of your heart be sure to pick this one up. You’ll be an honorary member of the Finchettes in no time!
About Emery Lord
Hi! I'm Emery. I'm the author of four novels about teenage girls: OPEN ROAD SUMMER, THE START OF ME & YOU, WHEN WE COLLIDED, and THE NAMES THEY GAVE US.
I was born near a harbor on the East coast and raised near a beach, an ocean, a great lake, and the Ohio River. I'm a longtime Cincinnatian, where we love good beer, good music, and our public library.
I'm married to a scientist who shuts down every wedding dance floor, and we are owned by two rescue dogs.
I believe in the magic of storytelling, Ferris wheels, and you.