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Summer Promise: Book 1 in the Christy Miller Series

Summer Promise: Book 1 in the Christy Miller Series

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by Robin Jones Gunn
From a Wisconsin farm to a California beach, from a measly allowance to unlimited shopping sprees, from an uncomplicated life to a highly sophisticated one. These are the head-spinning changes that lead to Christy Miller's...

Summer Promise

As 14-year-old Christy leaves her family's Wisconsin farm to spend the summer at her wealthy aunt and


From a Wisconsin farm to a California beach, from a measly allowance to unlimited shopping sprees, from an uncomplicated life to a highly sophisticated one. These are the head-spinning changes that lead to Christy Miller's...

Summer Promise

As 14-year-old Christy leaves her family's Wisconsin farm to spend the summer at her wealthy aunt and uncle's beach home in Newport, she realizes this could be the best season of her life. She's full of hope that surfer Todd will like her; the beach crowd will accept her; and she can become like her gorgeous new friend, Alissa.

But the summer doesn't unfold as Christy hoped; she discovers this season also holds heartache. Todd wavers between Christy and another girl; 16-year-old Shawn dies in a drug-related surfing accident-and the police want to know how Christy was involved; Alissa discloses that her sophistication hides a painful past.

Through it all, will Christy keep her promise to her parents not to do anything she'll regret? Or will she do anything to get Todd, to be accepted, to force her summer to give her everything it promised?

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12 Years

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Chapter One: Off to a Bad Start

     “I hate you! I hate you!” Christy Miller shouted at her reflection in the closet-door mirror. With a wild grrrr
she wadded up her beach towel and heaved it at the mirror, watching it wobble and distort her lanky proportions.
     “Christy darling?” came a shrill voice from the hallway.
     “Are you back from the beach so soon?”
     “Yes, Aunt Marti.” Christy grabbed a brush and pretended to be untangling her long, nutmeg-brown hair.
      Her aunt, a slim, stylish woman in her forties, opened the guest room door and looked around. “What was all the commotion? Who were you talking to?”
     “Nobody. Just myself,” Christy answered calmly, trying to suppress the volcano of fiery emotions boiling within her.
     “Why aren’t you out on the beach, dear? It’s a gorgeous day, and here you sit in your room, talking to yourself.”
Aunt Marti dramatically pointed her acrylic fingernail toward the door. “You should be out there enjoying yourself!”
     Christy bit her quivering lip and didn’t answer.
     “This is California. Live a little! We didn’t fly you all the way from Wisconsin so you could spend the summer hiding in your room. Get out there and make some friends.”
     Suddenly the internal volcano erupted with great force, spewing words with the hot tears. “I tried, all right?” Christy choked. “I tried to get in with some of the beach kids, but they’re all a bunch of snobs! I can’t stand them! They’re rude and mean, and they laughed at me.” Christy covered her face with her hands; the tears oozed through her fingers.
     “I had no idea!” Her aunt switched tones and ushered Christy to the edge of the bed. “There, there. Tell me what’s bothering you, dear.”
     It took Christy a few minutes to compose herself before she said calmly, “I don’t fit in with the people here. They think I’m a nerd.”
     “Well, are you?” her aunt challenged.
     “Am I what?”
     “A nerd.”
     Christy didn’t answer. She stared across the room at her reflection in the mirror.
     “Well?” her aunt prodded.
     “Look at me, Aunt Martha!” Christy jumped up from the bed and stood in front of her. “I’m as white as a frosty cone—sort of shaped like one too! If that doesn’t make me a nerd in Newport Beach, I don’t know what does!”
     “Really, Christy. A frosty cone?”
     “Well, look at me.” Christy stretched out her arms to provide a full view of her 5-foot-5-inch, 110-pound frame.
Her one-piece bathing suit covered her Olive Oyl torso like a bright green Ace bandage.
     “Tell me I don’t look like a frosty cone.”
     “You don’t look like a frosty cone.”
     “You’re just saying that.” Christy plopped on the floor and folded her arms across her stomach.
     “Oh, come now, Christy. You might be a bit of a late bloomer, but really, you’re a very sweet girl, and you’ve got a lot of potential.”
     “Yeah, right. Tell that to the surfers out there. The one who said, ‘Hey! It’s a walking green bean.’”
     Her aunt looked confused. “What’s that supposed to mean?”
     Christy let the tears drip and sniffed loudly. “Don’t you see?”
     “I see that you got upset over a little remark about a green bean. That doesn’t make sense at all.”
     “They meant me, Aunt Marti! No other girl on the beach had on a bathing suit like this ugly one! I’m the walking green bean!”
     Christy covered her face with her hands and cried until the tears ran down her arms. It was the kind of crying that comes from the pit of the stomach and brings a headache with it. The kind that makes a person snort and gasp, and no matter how idiotic you feel or how hard you try, you can’t stop.
     “Do calm yourself, will you, dear? It’s not as bad as all that. We can certainly buy you a new bathing suit easily enough. And just think. They called you a bean, not a frosty cone. See? They’re saying you’re thin. That’s almost a compliment.”
     Christy gasped in short spasms, trying to relax.
     Her aunt took the opportunity to make her point. “This is exactly the reason I told your mother I wanted you to spend the summer with us. You deserve more than your parents can give you right now, and goodness knows your mother and I didn’t have much when we were growing up.”
     Christy wiped her nose with the back of her hand.
     “Here. Use this, will you please?” Marti handed her a tissue. “As I was saying, my goal this summer is to treat you to some of the finer things in life and to teach you, Christina Juliet Miller, how to become your own person.”
      Christy blinked and tried to suppress a wild belch that bubbled up as a result of so much sobbing. Too late. The muffled urp leaked out.
     “You’re certainly not going to make this easy for me, are you, dear?”
     “I’m sorry.” Christy felt an uncontrollable urge to laugh. “Are you sure you’re ready to transform a belching green bean frosty cone into ‘her own person’? Could be kind of dangerous!” Christy broke into laughter.
     Aunt Marti shook her head and didn’t join in. “We’ll start tomorrow, Christina. I’ll call and make an appointment for you to have your colors done at nine, and then we’ll start shopping for your new wardrobe.”
     Christy instantly sobered. “I didn’t bring much money with me.”
     “Don’t be silly! This is my treat. A few outfits are certainly not going to break me. And one other thing: We really should have your hair cut. Something short and stylish. My hairdresser, Maurice, does marvelous work. By the time we’re done with you you’ll look and feel like a new person.”
     She said it with such finesse, Christy almost believed her. A new wardrobe? A new hairstyle? And what did her aunt mean by “having her colors done”?
     “Why don’t you shower and dress, dear? Your uncle doesn’t know it yet, but he’s going to take you to an early dinner and a movie tonight.” Aunt Marti swished out the door.
     Christy approached the mirror with a new perspective. Twisting her long, nutmeg-brown hair on top of her head,
she posed this way and that way, trying to imagine how she would look with short hair. She couldn’t quite picture the change.
     She wished Paula were there. Paula, her best friend back home, always gave her advice when it came to major decisions like this. But then, what did Paula know? She was the one who helped her pick out the dumb green bean bathing suit!
     Christy scrunched up her nose and stuck her face close to the mirror, examining her skin for new blemishes. No new and ugly bumps today. But her cheeks were flushed, and her nose was bright red from crying. Even her eyes showed the effects of her crying spree; they were puffy and bloodshot.
     “I have such stupid eyes,” she muttered. “They’re not blue, and they’re not green. They’re just sort of nothing—
like the rest of me.”
     “Knock, knock,” Uncle Bob called out from Christy’s open door.
     She immediately released her hair and turned away from the mirror, embarrassed that he had caught her in the midst of such scrutiny.
     “Looks like we’ve got a date tonight for the movies.” His merry eyes looked at her from beneath his baseball cap. He must have just come back from golfing, judging by the perspiration stains on his polo shirt. “Anything special you want to see?”
     “Okay. I’ll take a look in the paper to see what’s playing. Your aunt’s not much of a movie fan, so I hope you don’t mind that it’s just you and me.”
     “No. That’s fine.”
     “We’ll leave in about an hour, okay?”
      “By the way,” he lifted his baseball cap and wiped his forehead, “I haven’t told you yet, but I’m glad you came to stay with us this summer.” Then he added, “You are my favorite niece, you know.”
     “I also happen to be your only niece!”
     “Minor detail, my child, minor detail,” he quipped, politely closing the door.
     With a sigh, Christy flopped onto the bed. She didn’t feel like showering, and it wouldn’t take her that long to change. With an hour to kill, she decided to write to Paula. Christy liked to write—especially when she had a lot on her mind. She would get everything out on paper, and then when she reread it, it would be like looking at her own thoughts in a mirror. Usually things came out clearer on paper than when she tried to say them.
     Finding the pad of stationery Paula had given her when she left Wisconsin, Christy set to work. Paula insisted that she write the first letter to her on this stationery.

Meet the Author

Robin Jones Gunn is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than seventy books, with more than four million copies of her titles sold worldwide. Best known among them are the Christy Miller, Sierra Jensen, and Christy and Todd: College Years teen series. A Christy Aware winner and a two-time finalist for excellence in fiction, Robin has also been a Gold Medallion finalist. She and her husband have a grown son and daughter and live in Hawaii.

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Summer Promise: Book 1 in the Christy Miller Series 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and i loved it in one day. Its really short and a easy read but it has a good plot and message. I recommnd this book to girls ten and older its really good
SofiaMarieR More than 1 year ago
Christy, a farm girl from Wisconsin, is spending the summer with her rich uncle and aunt in California. The first big change comes with her new makeover, haircut, and stylish clothes. Then she falls in love with a surfer on the beach. But does he like her back? Soon things are way out of control and Christy constantly feels depressed. Her friends tell her she should ask Jesus into her heart, but is she ready for that? And besides, she has gone to church all her life anyway… Genres: realistic, romance This is the first in the Christy Miller series. Christy accepts Christ only at the end of the book. Before that the book throws in ideas about Christ only from time to time. However, after she asks Him into her heart, it talks more about God. Probably, the next books will be more on track spiritually than this one. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 Disclaimer: I got this book for my honest review at Blogging For Books. ~Review written by Sofia Marie of the Teens Life for Jesus blog~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Christy miller us awsome robin i love your writing do your children write like you?GOD BLESS YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hav read and reread it sooooo many times its one of the most amazing books ever and its always on my list for books totake on trips!but its not for people under 10/11
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book when I was in 7th grade and read them them but only to volume 4. Now I am a senior in high school and when I felt like I need guidance in my life I turned to these books. I am struggling with accept get Christmas into my life, not not that not that I don't want to I just forget to pray or do any daily devotons. These books puts everything into a way in which I can relate to and understand much easier. These books have changed my life and I would recommend them to anyone who needs an uplifting read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this biok down stairs one summer and i pick it up. At first i was like well this seems okay. Thwn i started readingit and i was think this is not okay its amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best christan books i know
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good story line butit was a BOORRRIINNGGG!!!!!!!!!!!! BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone needs to read this christian or not it truly was amazing and brought me close to God in a great way. It chged my life. I just broke my foot and started these books the day it happened and this break has been ba a will change things for me, im an athlete and now itll b harder to get back to playing, but its really hown me that itll be ok and God has a plan for me my future huband my family all of it. This is a must read! Youll never want to put this book down and youll read it again and again and again!!! Phillipians 4:13 i can do all things thru Christ who gives me strength
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when i was 15 and i can honestly say that getting to know christy and her friends changed my life. I have read all of the forever friends books and would reccomend any robin jones gunn book to everyone
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Shannon Smith More than 1 year ago
these books are soooooo good the first one isnt the best but dont stop read alll of them!!i have read them all and sierra jenson,the college years& katie weldon there really gooda
Greisn1 More than 1 year ago
Summer Promise is the story of Christy Miller, a 14-year-old girl from Wisconsin that is spending her summer with her aunt and uncle in California. She has trouble making friends in the beginning, but after her aunts gives her a complete makeover she gains the confidence to finally go out and socialize. Her new friends seem wonderful, but looks can be deceiving. Christy has a wild and eventful summer, during which she learns all about herself.  This is another book that, as a mom, I would encourage my daughter to read in her teens. Though Christy has to deal with some tough issues, including death and finding herself, she shows younger girls that it is okay to be upset. The main message I took from this book was that when you put your life in God's hands, he will help you deal with your problems. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. It is a wonderfully wholesome and entertaining story. This book was hard to put down. Though the religious aspect was a bit overpowering at some parts, I couldn't help but wonder what was going to happen next. I'm still left wondering what is going to happen next, and encourage you to read the story and find out why.
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