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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Summer of Hard Choices by Martha Passel is 'A Heartfelt Mystery about Loss, Truth, Friendship and Forgiveness.' PerryAnn lost her parents when their bus veered off the road. Ten years on, she wants to know what happened. Together with MatiLou, she embarks on a journey of discovery, one that is fraught with danger but eventually leads them to the truth about that fateful day. Along the way, MatiLou and PerryAnn have to deal with their own personal demons, PerryAnn having to come to terms with losing her family, and MatiLou dealing with the traumatic scars left by childhood bullying. They have some tough choices to make but the journey builds a strong bond between the two girls, a bond that will survive anything and last for a lifetime. Join the two girls on their enlightening journey filled with mystery and answers.
Summer of Hard Choices by Martha Passel was a short but good read. It’s more than just a mystery story; it’s a story of coming to terms with the card that life has dealt you, of facing down your demons and learning how to live with the past so you can enjoy the present. As well as a great mystery to solve, we also learn of the bonds of friendship and family in a balanced story that flows well. The characters are lovely people; you really can identify and empathize with them. You learn who they are and what they want to be and you learn that, sometimes, forgiving is the only option, even if it is the hardest one. It is a sequel to another story, one I didn’t read, but the author does a good job of giving enough background information so you know what’s gone on before. Good read, especially if you want to while away a couple of hours in someone else’s world.