Book Review: Flavors by Emily Sue Harvey

Flavors by Emily Sue Harvey:

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.

This one started off really slow for me.  It took me several attempts to get through the first 20 pages.  I found myself skimming and just not caring about it, wondering why I had agreed to review it.  However once I was 20 pages in I stopped skimming and started enjoying the story.

This had a memoir – remembering the past feel to it.  The book takes place over the course of a summer and is the recollections of twelve year old Sadie.  I saw this categorized as young adult on someones goodread shelf but think that is inaccurate.  The way it is written seems to be a book aimed at adults looking back at the good old days with a sense of nostalgia.

A heartfelt touching story of love and loss.

Content: Clean

Rating: 4 Stars

Source: From Author for Review