Love on a Half Shell

Love on a Half Shell

by Elvy Howard

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Overview

A shell is a hard object – tough. It can withstand the ocean's pounding for long stretches of time.

A shell is also cupped; it can hold tender things, protect them and allow them to grow.

Meet Rae Greene, a thirty-something woman who has made a few mistakes and doesn't flinch from acknowledging them. She's a tough cookie with a good heart, and she's just been handed her sister's kids.

Fast forward nine months and Rae is questioning her sanity. She's lost her job with the Virginia state juvenile justice system and is forced to pack up the girls – 5-year-old Melissa and 12-year-old Torey – and move them from the comfort of her Richmond condo to her parents' summertime cottage near the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in southern Virginia. The girls are miserable, Rae is miserable, and the fledgling family's battle lines are drawn.

Enter Rae's childhood friend Chip who brings some much-needed relief to the burnt-out Rae. Chip is a mom. She knows how to do mom things, like hire babysitters, and search out day-care solutions. She can lend a shoulder to cry on when nothing about this parenting business seems easy. Even better, she knows a mom can't live by kids alone.

When fisherman John Clements appears like a guardian angel when the girls go missing on the water one evening, Rae senses the start of something new – a friendship that turns to more, and the realization of dreams come true.

In her debut novel, Elvy Howard skillfully steers the family through troubling channels of pre-school tantrums and teenage traumas. Parents everywhere will applaud Howard's brutally honest look at parenting and love.

Love on a Half Shell
Three parts love, two parts grit ...
The perfect recipe to save a family.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016269771
Publisher: Edward Allen Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 03/13/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

When Elvy Howard was twelve or thirteen she was so flattered to be asked, she agreed to go fishing with her father so early one morning it was still dark. Hours later, after being warned more than once to keep her trap shut or she’d scare away the fish, sleepy, hungry and bored to death, she made a solemn vow to never marry a salesman, like her dad, who was never at home. She’d also vowed to avoid fisherman who weren’t much fun even if he was there.

Of course she ended up marrying a guy that was both and having two children along the way. Now, still married after forty years and with grown kids, she is a devoted to her family and her writing.

Over the course of her working life she was the first female hired as a service representative by Pitney Bowes, an adult student with a variety of jobs in catering and group homes for kids while studying for a social work degree. She ended up with a Master’s degree in Social Work and was employed in juvenile justice, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and hospice. She and her salesman/fisherman husband currently own their own business and she privately counsels a few clients on bereavement, adult ADHD issues and life coaching those facing unwelcome transitions.

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