For years, Jane's mom told her horror stories about her time spent in foster care. Now she's determined to keep her little sister from suffering the same fate.
Seventeen-year-old Jane Sanders has had to take care of her alcoholic mother and little sister, Abby, since her dad died seven years ago. And now Mom had to go and die too. Authorities determine it was a homeless transient who died in the fire of the old manufacturing plant, but Jane knows the truth.
There is no way she's going to let Abby go into foster care which leaves her with one option--fake her mom's life. As far as Abby knows, their mom is in rehab. And Jane wants to keep it that way. She'd be eighteen in a few months then she could become legal guardian to her sister. With the help of her best friend, Clark, it should be easy, right?
Juggling nosy neighbors, a concerned school counselor, and an oblivious new boyfriend turns out to be harder than Jane thought. But the real problem begins when Abby starts writing letters to Mom. Through Abby's letters, Jane sees a different side to their mom--a side she could have loved. And loving Mom is something she didn't plan on. Because loving somebody makes it harder to ignore their death.
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About the Author
Anne Shirley (from Anne of Green Gables). She used to write under a forsythia bush, but now she writes in a messy office that she shares with her sewing obsessed daughter.
Dana’s short story, The Silence of Sand, was chosen for adaptation into a short film performed by the Blue Man Group. Dana has also published short fiction for teens in Encounter—The Magazine and had a short story published in a Family Fiction anthology, The Story 2014.
She lives in a small town near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia with her wonderful husband, three beautiful kids, and a lot of persnickety pets.
You can find her blog and awkward videos on her website www.DanaRomanin.com. She can also be found on Twitter (@DanaRomanin) and her Facebook fan page (DanaRomaninAuthor).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book! Abby's Letters made me laugh out loud. At another point I got a lump in my throat. Not many books do that for me! The classic love triangle keeps you glued to the pages and the letters by Abby are very thought provoking. There are so many wonderful layers to this book: humor, romance, spirituality, deception, loss.... I didn't want the book to end and I can't wait for the sequel!!! I was given an advance review copy of this novel by the author. My opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.
This book is fabulous. The author does a wonderful job at making you feel like you are right there with the characters. Whether they are dealing with the in's and outs of high school, sorting out their own life purpose, or dealing with loss in their own way, you will feel like you are there. I think this book is a must read, especially for teenagers and young adults. It shows you how God is there watching out for you even when you don't see it or might not understand what is happening around you. I feel this book will resonate with people of all ages, not just teens and young adults. It speaks to what we are all looking for...Love from each other and ultimately love from God. **Disclaimer: I voluntarily read this book after the author gave me a complimentary copy of the book.
Abby’s Letters drops you right into the world of Jane and Abby, two sisters who deal with life and loss in very different ways. Even if it’s been decades since you walked the halls of your high school, it won’t take long for you to recognize certain things we have all experienced from one side or the other—the cliques, the emotions of friendships and boy/girl relationships, the daydreaming in class and missing instructions. The author does a masterful job of creating a world that is both modern and a bit timeless, reminding me of the teen fiction I read in the 90s, while dealing with much deeper issues like losing a parent and alcohol abuse. Abby’s Letters is a must read for teens, as well as for any parent who is trying to connect with emotionally and spiritually struggling teenagers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.