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Give My Love To The Chestnut Trees
     

Give My Love To The Chestnut Trees

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by Beverly Varnado
 

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When an accident causes the loss of a treasured vintage pen, Mary Helen Reynolds relives the summer of 1988 ...

Fourteen-year-old Mary Helen wants life to stay the same-small, safe, and protected-but her world starts to unravel when cancer strikes her mother. Mary Helen is sent from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, to St. Simons Island, Georgia, to live

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When an accident causes the loss of a treasured vintage pen, Mary Helen Reynolds relives the summer of 1988 ...

Fourteen-year-old Mary Helen wants life to stay the same-small, safe, and protected-but her world starts to unravel when cancer strikes her mother. Mary Helen is sent from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, to St. Simons Island, Georgia, to live with her eccentric artist aunt. The island, Mary Helen soon discovers, is surrounded by the marshes made famous by poet Sidney Lanier.

Surprised by her aunt's ways and island culture, all Mary Helen wants to do is return home, but then she meets Ben, whose passion for the island opens her mind to new possibilities. What happens next sends her on a challenging journey of self-discovery. Will Mary Helen embrace the changes in her life, which may lead to something greater than she's ever dreamed, or will she continue to cling to all that's familiar?

Whichever she chooses, one thing's for sure-she'll never forget the summer she first saw the Marshes of Glynn.

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ISBN-13:
9781449723613
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
09/15/2011
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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Give My Love to the Chestnut Trees 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Bobbie6 More than 1 year ago
This story was not what I expected. It starts out with a bicyclist running into a woman. A beautiful story develops as the victim of the accident remembers her first summer on St Simon Island as a fourteen year old girl. I believe that age group would enjoy the story as well as adults. The relationships between the older aunt, residents of the island and our heroine are endearing and humorous. I especially liked one line in the story about not having “ever seen a fight with Scrabble tiles” and the story has many more little blessings throughout.
Adam412 More than 1 year ago
Give my Love to the Chestnut Trees By Beverly Varnado Give my love to the chestnut trees? An unusual title for an unusual and inspiring book that certainly is about more than Georgia marshes and a tree variety. It¿s a story about a selfish young girl whose character grows from a fragile seedling to a sturdy tree with strong values and a loving personality that will stand strong through the winds of adversity. Transplanted while her mother is taking chemotherapy for breast cancer, Mary Helen¿s tender roots search for familiar nourishment, but everything is different now. Mother is at home in mountainous Asheville, North Carolina, and Mary Helen spends her time on an island with a somewhat weird aunt, who is an artist and follower of the poet Sidney Lanier. Mary Helen doesn¿t want to face Aunt Laney¿s crab cakes and tomato sandwiches as well as other problems in her life, such as the death of her father which Mary Helen hid away so far she doesn¿t even remember him. Then she meets Ben, another teen, who works in his dad¿s bait shop. May Helen finally has someone with which to air her complaints and have fun with. Yet, she can¿t wait until her mother is better and she can go home and resume life as she knows it. But she¿s stuck in the marsh as one complication after another keeps here there, and the off-beat aunt and other residents in the area begin to look more lovable. After I read it, it was easy to understand why this book was one of ten semifinalists in Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel. The book is different¿but that¿s one reason why I like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Life is about relationships. We all deal with family, neighbors, workmates. And learning to understand and grow in our relationships is what makes life worth living. So I picked up Bev¿s book and begin to read. And I met Mary Helen who is sent away from home at a very vulnerable time in her life. She¿s a fish out of water and can¿t help but resent it. But then things happen that take her out of herself and she responds and learns and grows.
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EddieSnipes More than 1 year ago
It's not often I'm surprised by a book, but this book captured me from the beginning. I knew early on I would like this story. In fact, out of the hundreds of novels I've read, I'd rank this book in my top 10 fiction books. Give My Love to the Chestnut Trees is a rich, character based novel. Each of the characters came alive and seemed real enough to know and care about. The setting is in small-town St Simons. It's easy to believe this town's setting as a young teen experiences the flavor of the past and carries it with her into the future. Each person came alive on the page with so many different personalities, quirks, and qualities. It was nice to watch a self-centered girl transform through the difficulties of life and through the influence of an eccentric aunt who cares for her during a summer when her mother was ill. One thing I appreciate about this novel is that it has a strong Christian message, yet without being preachy. It's real people with real struggles. People I believe you will also enjoy getting to know and care about as the story moves along. I can't say enough good things about this book. The writing is exceptional, as is the storytelling and the development of the characters. There wasn't any point in the novel when the story lost momentum. It's a clean read and kept my interest from beginning until the end. I suspect we'll be seeing great things from this author in the future. It's an excellent debut novel and hopefully the first of many. Highly recommended!
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whitehorsebeach More than 1 year ago
I hope this becomes a series as I grew to love the characters and want to read more about how their lives unfold at St. Simons Island. Now I have to go to St. Simons.I love the ocean and haven't been there-want to see the chestnut trees! Thank you Beverly!