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Labor of Love
     

Labor of Love

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by Rachel Hawthorne
 

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To Do:

Investigate the French QuarterBuy new hammerStop worrying that hard hat is going to ruin my hairStop thinking about ex-boyfriend. No guys this summer!Find some cool jazz clubs to visit laterGet psychic readings with Jenna and AmberGet Jenna and Amber to stop talking about psychic readings, the cute guy the psychic said I would meet, and the cute guy I

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To Do:

Investigate the French QuarterBuy new hammerStop worrying that hard hat is going to ruin my hairStop thinking about ex-boyfriend. No guys this summer!Find some cool jazz clubs to visit laterGet psychic readings with Jenna and AmberGet Jenna and Amber to stop talking about psychic readings, the cute guy the psychic said I would meet, and the cute guy I just met. No guys this summer!!!Throw self into work. Stop thinking about the cute guy!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Sulock
Fans of Meg Cabot's YA novels will enjoy this narrative novel about rebuilding and learning to trust. Dawn, a broken-hearted teenager, spends her summer volunteering with friends to rebuild homes destroyed after a hurricane in New Orleans. There she meets Brady, a college student and fellow volunteer, but is torn by her feelings of betrayal from her recent breakup. She struggles to trust her heart to overcome the past. Hawthorne's writing is full of strong dialogue and true-to-life themes that teen readers will identify with, which push the plot forward. Some pop culture/technology references make this current work feel dated (such as Myspace instead of Facebook), but the narrator's strong voice is funny, down to earth, and real, and overcomes this minor detail. Hawthorne also accurately paints the Big Easy complete with beignets, a vampire tour and Bourbon Street beads. A fun, light read for both reluctant and voracious readers. Reviewer: Elizabeth Sulock

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061973604
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/17/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
554 KB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Labor of Love

Chapter One

"I see a spectacular sunrise."

An icy shiver skittered up my spine, and the fine hairs on the nape of my neck prickled. I know my reaction seemed a little extreme, but . . .

When Jenna, Amber, and I walked into the psychic's shop, we didn't tell her our names. So Saraphina had no way of knowing my name is Dawn Delaney.

Sunrise . . . dawn? See what I mean? It was just a little too spooky. It didn't help that I thought I saw ghostly apparitions in the smoky spirals coming from the sharply scented incense that was smoldering around us.

Although I certainly didn't mind that the psychic considered me spectacular. If the sunrise she mentioned was really referring to me—and not the sun coming up over the Mississippi River. Her words were vague enough that they could apply to anything or nothing.

I'd never had a psychic reading before, so I wasn't quite sure how it all worked. I was excited about discovering what was going to happen, but also a little nervous. Did I really want to know what was in my future?

My hands rested on top of hers, our palms touching. Her eyes were closed. I figured that she was trying to channel whatever it was that psychics channeled. I'd expected the psychic to be hunched over and old—wrinkled, gray, maybe with warts. But Saraphina didn't look much older than we were. Her bright red hair was barely visible at the edges of her green turban. She wore a flowing green caftan and an assortment of bright, beaded necklaces. Her colorful bracelets jangled as she took a firmer grip on my hands and squeezed gently, almost massaging my fingers.

"I see a very messy place. Broken. Boards and shingles and . . . things hidden," Saraphina said in a soft, dreamy voice that seemed to float around us.

Okay, her words calmed my racing heart a little. We were in New Orleans, after all. I didn't need a psychic to tell me that areas of it were still messy, even a few years after some major hurricanes had left their marks.

"I hear hammering," she continued. "You're trying to rebuild something. But be careful with the tools. You might get distracted and hurt yourself—more than hitting your thumb with a hammer. You could get very badly hurt. And worse, you could hurt others."

Not exactly what I wanted to hear. I wasn't even sure if I truly believed in the ability to see into the future, but I was intrigued by the possibility.

If you knew the future, should you accept it or try to change it?

"Lots of people are around," she said. "It's hot and dirty. There's a guy . . . a red and white baseball cap. The cap has a logo on it. Chiefs. Kansas City Chiefs. I don't get a name, but he has a nice smile."

I released a breath I hadn't realized I was holding.

For Jenna, Saraphina had seen "fire that doesn't burn." The fire part sounded scary, but the not burning was just confusing. And that she saw her at a fair, or something equally mystifying. Jenna's brow was still furrowed, and I knew she was trying to figure it out. She didn't like unsolved mysteries. She couldn't pass a sudoku puzzle without stopping to fill in the empty boxes.

But a nice smile I could live with, as long as that was all he offered, because I was taking a summer sabbatical from guys.

Amber, skeptic that she is about all things supernatural, had tried to mess with Saraphina. She'd been the first one daring enough to ask for a reading. When Saraphina had touched Amber's palm, she'd said she saw color. We'd all been weirded out, amber being a color and all.

Then Amber had asked if she'd find love this summer. Since Saraphina's eyes were closed, Amber had winked at Jenna and me, because she has a boyfriend back home. She's been crazy in love with Chad ever since winter break when they first started going out. He's the first boyfriend she's ever had, and she's been a little obsessive about being with him as much as possible. Quite honestly, I was surprised that she'd come to New Orleans with us, leaving Chad back home in Texas. Glad, but surprised.

Saraphina had said, "Not this summer."

Amber had rolled her eyes and mouthed, "See, I told you. Bullsh—"

"But college . . . one better than you already have," Saraphina finished.

That had been just a little too woooo-woooo and had pretty much shut Amber up. Once Saraphina released her hands, Amber started gnawing on her thumbnail. And she was still at it. She had a habit of worrying about things and expecting the worst.

Now, it got really quiet, and Saraphina was so still that it was eerie. How could a person be that still? Was she in a trance?

Sitting on either side of me, Amber and Jenna didn't seem to be breathing. Neither was I. Was Saraphina seeing something horrible? Was she debating whether or not to tell me?

With a huge sigh, as though she'd just finished pushing a heavy boulder up a huge hill, Saraphina released my hands and opened her eyes. They'd creeped me out at first, because one was blue and one was brown. But once I got used to them, I realized they somehow belonged together—with her face. With her. It just seemed like a psychic kind of thing.

"I see nothing else," she said.

Although she didn't look old, she seemed ancient. I think she had what my grandmother refers to as "old soul eyes."

"Oh, okay," I said, wiping my damp palms on my shorts. "Thanks."

"My pleasure."

Maybe she was older than I thought, because she also sort of sounded like my grandmother.

"If you know something really awful is going to happen, you'd tell us, right?" Jenna asked.

Labor of Love. Copyright © by Rachel Hawthorne. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Rachel Hawthorne believes in happy endings and adopting older rescue dogs. She also writes as New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath and as J. A. London with her son, Alex. She lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and is presently spoiling a pooch named Jake.

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Labor of Love 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i read this book in a few days, it was so good! the characters are relatable, funny and the story is full of suprises! i would recommend this to anyone looking for a funny romantic comedy! it was really good! the ending won't disappoint you, i promise! :]
Guest More than 1 year ago
well this is a great book about love and friendship . three cute soon to be high school senior girls and three hot soon to be college sophomore guys. psychic readings, clubs and partying, beads, great food, but most importantly helping to rebuild homes at new orleans after katrina. you're just going to love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Recommended to anyone who loves to have summer fun. Very clever and fun! :)
BeachReaderMom23 More than 1 year ago
Great series, great author. They are meaningful books in a light way. Make you feel good reading books with important messages!! I recommend them all!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
How do you get over your first boyfriend - especially when he cheated on you?

A summer away rebuilding houses in New Orleans is Dawn's plan. But that was before she, Jenna, and Amber went to a psychic.

Now, there's a stranger with a red baseball hat in Dawn's future.

Later that day, she and her friends are in a bakery when an attractive boy with a great smile catches her eye. He also happens to be wearing a red baseball cap. The girls talk briefly with him and his friends and exit the bakery to explore the city more, but end up running into them again in a restaurant.

Could it be fate?

Rachel Hawthorne pens another delightful novel about interpreting life's signs and romance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Labor of Love was one of Rachel Hawthorne's best books. It is probably my second favorite of hers. Brady and Dawn are such a cute couple, but both have broken hearts and need to figure out their problems. This is a definate buy. I liked it so much that I read it in one day.
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This is the best book ive ever read. Its such a good love story. a MUST read
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