Wednesday, October 19, 2016

(Review) Come Next Spring by Alana White



Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Republished for 25th anniversary edition
Copyright 1990, 2002
Publisher: Open Road Media
Genre: Young adult fiction, coming of age story
Pages: 178
Source: I received this book free of charge from the author or publisher
Rating: 4 stars for very good

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Link for the book tour: Come Next Spring


Author:
Alana White is the author of fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers. Her most recent publications are the adult historical mystery novel, The Sign of the Weeping Virgin, set at the height of the Italian Renaissance in Florence, Italy, and Come Next Spring, a coming of age novel set in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee in the 1940s. She is also the author of a biography of Sacagawea, Sacagawea: Westward With Lewis and Clark. She is a longtime member of the Historical Novel Society and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Nashville, TN.
Alana welcomes readers and is always available for reader group chats. Please visit her at www.AlanaWhite.com for more information. As well as HNS and SCBWI, she is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, the Author’s Guild, and the Women’s National Book Association.
For more information, please visit Alana White’s website. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule: 
Monday, October 10
Kick Off at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, October 11
Spotlight at Let Them Read Books
Wednesday, October 12
Review at Back Porchervations
Interview at Nothing But Books
Thursday, October 13
Spotlight at A Bookaholic Swede
Friday, October 14
Review at Reading Is My SuperPower
Saturday, October 15
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Sunday, October 16
Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Tuesday, October 18
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter
Thursday, October 20
Review at Impressions In Ink
Review at Books, Dreams, Life
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Friday, October 21
Spotlight at The Book Tree
Saturday, October 22
Review at Queen of All She Reads
Sunday, October 23
Review at Quirky Lady Reviews
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story
Spotlight at Kinx’s Book Nook
Monday, October 24
Review at Book Nerd
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Review at The Book Junkie Reads

Giveaway: 
To win a paperback copy of Come Next Spring by Alana White, please enter via the Gleam form below. 2 copies are up for grabs! Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on October 24th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open to US residents only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. Embed Code: Come Next Spring Embed Code: Come Next Spring


Summary: 
It’s 1949 in Tennessee Smoky Mountain country, and everything in pre-teen Salina’s life seems suddenly different. Her sister is engaged, her brother is absorbed in caring for his sickly foal, and Salina feels she has nothing in common anymore with her best friend. This novel for young people captures the insular spirit of the mountain people, the breathtaking country itself, and a girl’s struggle to accept the inevitability of change.

My Thoughts:
Salina Harris is at an age when life is rapidly changing. Her body is changing from a little girl into a youth. Her emotions are immature and at times impulsive. Her intellectual mind is growing and yet wisdom for life's situations have not developed. She is at a pivotal age, no longer a young child, and yet not a grown adult. 
I felt Alana White gave me an excellent picture image of the character Salina.  

The story is heavy on dialogue between the characters. The primary character is Salina. The story is from her thoughts and lens. She has siblings that are going through their own life changes. For example: Mary is age 19. Mary is in love with Hank. She is out of school and spends a great deal of time writing letters to Hank, and swooning with love and loneliness for him. Eldest brother Paul, is a senior in high school. His primary interest is caring for a horse named Sugar-Boy. 
Salina's family each have their own stories. Salina is the primary character, but the other siblings were each given a spotlight. Their family represents farm families living in the Smoky Mountain area in the late 1940s. Their family also represents families who are living together as one unit; however, they have their own difficulties of pain, hardships, and life changes. 

The Smoky Mountain area of Pine Valley is about to transition to mid century modern. 
As with any change, people are fearful and against change. It takes a calm and peaceful negotiator to handle adversity, and the Harris family is at the forefront of this. 



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