Summer’s Desire by Olivia Lynde
The story of two wounded people who are brought together by fate and manage to heal each other. Follow their turbulent journey—from childhood and into adulthood, from best friends to lovers.
Summer Moore is five years old when she witnesses her parents’ murder, a lesson in evil that marks her with deep emotional scars. After a string of failed adoptions, Summer finds herself fostered to kind Mrs. Lewis… and in reach of an unexpected chance for salvation.
Mrs. Lewis’ grandson, Seth, is only seven years old at the time, but he too has been left with no illusions about life. His Mom is a crack addict who thinks little of pummeling her son for every perceived mistake, and to survive, Seth has been forced to grow up fast.
When these two damaged souls cross paths, their connection is instant and profound. In each other, they find a safe haven—and the one person they value above anything else in the world. But when circumstances conspire to separate them, will Summer and Seth ever find their way back to each other?
Writing the “happily ever after” by Olivia Lynde
Dani, thank you for inviting me to your blog. I’m very happy to be here.
I’ve always been a passionate reader, and my favorite stories are those that have hope and true love, and difficult challenges faced and overcome by the main characters. Most of all, because there are so few of them in real life, I love stories that end with a “happily ever after”. Which is why I love the romance genre—the one genre that always guarantees the happy ending.
It came as no surprise then, that when I eventually tried my own hand at writing, the mature Young Adult story that evolved had, at its core, a romance. It had a hero and heroine that grow up together as true friends, as best friends, and who love each other long before they fall in love with each other. And when they do, eventually, fall in love—they know that they’re it for each other.
Of course, the odds are stacked against the hero and heroine being able to actually stay together. Because even though we might like “happily ever afters”, we only appreciate those that are hard fought for and even harder won. At least that’s how I feel.
Maybe the greatest joy, for me as a writer, was being able to take two very different, very imperfect people/characters and have them discover that they are a perfect match.
“He’s right, of course. He and I—we are not the same, but we complement each other perfectly.”
They are both very damaged people individually, but together they become stronger than they are by themselves.
“I may have survived, but I am broken,” I remind him sadly.
“No, Sunny, you’re just a bit battered. We both are. Or if we’re broken, that’s only when we’re alone. But now we’re together, baby! And together, we’re both whole.”
Love alone does not, of course, heal all wounds or make everything bright and shiny in the world. I’m not writing pure fantasy, after all. 🙂 But I do think that real, selfless love can give us an invaluable support system that we can use to easier find our own strength, forge our own way toward healing, and fly higher than we would have dared otherwise when reaching for our dreams.
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Genre: Mature Young Adult / New Adult, Romance
Cover image by Megan van der Elst
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