Allie Everly’s mom is sick. Brain tumor. And Allie takes care of her. Some days are good. Some aren’t. Allie’s only friend is the annoying neighbor boy, Sam Carroll. And if Sam hadn’t shown up and distracted Allie, she might have been able to get to her mom in time. Instead she has to attend her mom’s funeral, then moves to Maine, the new foster daughter to Miss Beatrice Lovell.
Time flies, but Allie doesn’t grow any closer to Miss Beatrice, despite how hard the poor woman tries. As World War II looms on the horizon, a new boy moves to town. His name is Sam. The same Sam that Allie knew years ago. She might have forgiven him for what happened when her mother died, and he might not be so annoying anymore, but that doesn’t mean that Allie is ready to deal with the confusing emotions that stir up inside her whenever he’s around. But Allie needs to make some decisions about life or it just might pass her by.
What a touching, lovely story! I was enthralled by this tale written by a sixteen-year-old author. I read it in one day, actually, because I couldn’t stand not knowing what would happen in the end. Rachel Coker is indeed one to watch. Her characters were complex and endearing, and the layers of her story just kept getting deeper and deeper. To write about a sick parent, the loss of a loved one, and the loss of war all in one book is quite a challenge, but Rachel Coker succeeded. I hope she doesn’t wait too long before writing another book. Highly recommended!