Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Review - Flavors by Emily Sue Harvey

About Emily Sue Harvey

Emily Sue author photo
Emily Sue Harvey, author and speaker, writes to make a difference. Dozens of her upbeat stories and articles appear in Chocolate for Women, Chicken Soup for the Soul, women’s magazines, websites, and other anthologies.

Her first hardback novel, Song of Renewal, was released by The Story Plant in July, 2009.

An expanded paperback version of Song of Renewal, plus three novellas and two more full-length novels (Homefires and Unto These Hills) will come from The Story Plant in 2011.

About Flavors

Emily Sue Harvey’s first novel, Song of Renewal, was praised by New York Times bestselling author Jill Marie Landis as “an uplifting, heartwarming story,” by bestselling author Kay Allenbaugh as a work that will “linger in the memory long after readers put it aside,” and by Coffee Time Romance as “a must-read book for anyone doing a little soul searching.” New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry said, “It captures your attention, and whets your appetite for more,” while Peeking between the Pages called it “quite simply a beautiful book.”

Now, in Flavors, this master storyteller of the human heart sweeps us along with twelve-year-old Sadie Ann Melton as she enters a life-altering season. The summer of 1950 will change everything for her. For in that summer, she will embark on an odyssey at once heartbreakingly tender and crushingly brutal. At times, she will experience more darkness than she has ever witnessed before. At others, she will thrill to lightness and joy she never imagined. By summer’s end, the Melton women in Sadie’s journey – loving her, coaxing her, and commanding her – will help shape her into the woman she becomes. And they will expose Sadie to all of the flavors of life as she savors the world that she brings into being.

Filled with charm, wisdom, and the smorgasbord of emotions that comes with the first steps into adulthood, Flavors once again proves Emily Sue Harvey’s unique ability to touch our souls with her unforgettable stories.
Visit Pump Up Your Book! to read an Excerpt from the book.

  Three Reasons Review

1) Reasons I Chose This Book:
  • Of course, the first reason I chose this book is because I got an e-mail from the Pump Up Your Book Tour looking for people to review it!
  • Before I even read anything about this book, the cover really caught my eye.  Who can resist a book with beautiful flowers on the front?
 2) Reasons You Liked or Disliked This Book:
  •  Reading this book was like taking a trip down memory lane.  I know it takes place in the 50's, but there were so may memories that came flooding back to me along the way in this book.
  • Sadie Ann Melton was spending the summer at her grandparents and was looking at a hay baler and the sights and sounds reminded me of the barn that used to be behind my parent's home that is no longer there because it was so old and had to be torn down..
  • They went to the Saturday night drive-in and got Pepsis and popcorn.  I could just remember times from my childhood when we used to go to the drive-in!  I can just taste the ice cold Pepsi and the crunchy popcorn!
  • I loved this quote from the book: p.19 "To me, life is a huge pie, each slice a different flavor.  Childhood is definitely lemon."
  • Sadie found out a lot about herself this summer.  She had some hard truths revealed to her, and she really grew up this summer.
  • Sadie camped out with her grandparents and it reminded me of camping at my grandparent's cabin.  I could just smell the campfire and the love of my family all sitting around and having a good time.  At the cabin there was no phone or TV just the good old cabin and the wildlife.  The river ran behind the cabin and we could hear the people floating by on their canoes.
  • Everything that happened in Sadie's life had a flavor and I just loved how she put the flavors with the moment.
  • There is nothing in this book that I disliked-I loved everything about this book!
3) Reasons You Are Recommending This Book:
  •  This is just an all around excellent book that is sure to bring memories back from times when life was a lot more simple.
  • I want to thank Emily Sue Harvey for bringing back so many wonderful memories from my own life. There was a lot of flavor packed in this short book!

5/5 Diamonds


Book Details:
Title: Flavors
Author: Emily Sue Harvey
Publisher: The Story Plant
Pages: Paperback; 120 pages
Source: Pump Up Your Book Virtual Tour

Disclaimer: I received this book from the Pump Up Your Book Virtual Tour. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.


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  1. Oh man popcorn and drive in movies...what a flashback. Great review, Cheryl, and thank you for hosting her today!

  2. This sounds like a good read, i will place it on my BTP list (books to purchase)

  3. This one sounds fantastic!! I loved everything you talked about...sad that those things aren't what our kids will remember huh?

  4. Thanks Admin, Sidne and Staci for visiting me!