Dandelion Summer

Dandelion Summer

Large Print - 2011
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All her life, Epiphany Salerno has been tossed like a dandelion seed on the wind. Now, at sixteen, she must move to the low-rent side of Blue Sky Hill and work where she's not wanted -- in the high-rent district on The Hill.

J. Norman Alvord's daughter has hired teenaged Epie to stay with him in the afternoons. He's widowed and suffering from heart trouble, but Norman's preference is simply to be left alone.

In Epie's presence, Norman discovers a mystery -- memories of another life and a woman who saved him. And as he and Epie take an unexpected road trip through sleepy Southern towns, they form a life-changing friendship -- and uncover long-held family secrets.



Baker & Taylor
"All of her life, Epiphany Salerno has been tossed like a dandelion seed on the wind. Now, with the death of Mrs. Lora-the family friend who took Epie into her home-the sixteen-year-old must move to Dallas to live with her indifferent mother and new stepfather. Trapped on the low-rent side of Blue Sky Hill, the half-Italian and half-African-American Epie doesn't fit in-and soon finds herself on the wrong side of the law. To make restitution, she's sent to work in another place she's not wanted: a home onthe upscale streets of the The Hill. When J. Norman Alvord learns that his daughter has hired a teenager to stay with him in the afternoons, he's determined to nix the arrangement. Widowed and suffering from heart trouble, Norman wants to be left alone. But in Epie's presence, Norman finds a mystery. Deep in his mind lie memories of another house, another life, and a young black woman, a housekeeper, who saved him. As summer comes to Blue Sky Hill, two residents from different worlds will journey througha turbulent past and find that with an unexpected road trip through sleepy Southern towns come a life-changing friendship...and clues to a family secret hidden for a lifetime"--Cover verso.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2011
ISBN: 9781611731736
Branch Call Number: LP FIC WIN
Characteristics: 525 p. ;,23 cm.

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HRDR May 28, 2012

Delightful. Somehow the author has managed to write an engaging and lighthearted story that deals with issues relating to serious illness, aging, parental regret, adolescence, and dysfunctional families.

A surprisingly enjoyable read.

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