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Summer's Glory: Seasons of Faith Book One (Arcadia Valley Romance 2) by [Hathaway, Mary Jane, Valley, Arcadia]
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Violet Tam thinks she's escaped the boy who made her teen years a perfect misery, but when Silas Black comes back to town, she finds herself falling for the one guy she’s always hated.

Introducing Summer's Glory, the first full length novel in the new Arcadia Valley Romance shared world series!

After his mother passes away, master carpenter Silas Black returned to Arcadia Valley to help his sister run their small farm. He was the town’s bad boy as a teen and it wasn’t just an image. But although the rest of Arcadia Valley has accepted that his juvenile delinquent years are behind him, there’s one woman who can’t accept that he’s really changed.
When Violet Tam reluctantly asks him to join forces to help out a friend in need, they discover there is more to each other than meets the eye, and certainly more than who they were in high school. Silas soon realizes he’s in danger of losing his heart to the strong, intelligent middle school teacher. Add in a shocking robbery, an emergency surgery, and a surprise litter of puppies, and the two former enemies must face the possibility that true love was waiting to bloom for them all along.

Summer's Glory is a story of humor, grace, and forgiveness set in the fictional farming town of Arcadia Valley, Idaho. Mary Jane Hathaway's newest installment is sure to delight fans of inspirational novels who enjoy thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud romances that expose the beauty of everyday life and the folly of the human heart. Full of quirky characters, friendship, recipes, and faith, Summer’s Glory is an irresistible beginning to a brand new series.

Be sure to check out Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley, the boxed set of SIX brand new novellas by best selling authors.
Join us in the fictional town of Arcadia Valley, Idaho, where a foodie culture and romance grow hand-in-hand.

Six popular and bestselling authors of contemporary Christian romance have teamed up to create an entire world exploring food, friends, and family. Each novella kicks off a three-book series, intertwined with the works of the other authors. A full length book will be released every month by one author in the series. This permanent collection is only the beginning of your adventure with us.

Other books by Mary Jane Hathaway
The Austen Takes the South Series
Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits, Book One
Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-Slaw Dogs, Book Two
Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin’ Cornbread, Book Three

The Cane River Romance Series
The Pepper in the Gumbo, Book One
These Sheltering Walls, Book Two
Only Through Love, Book Three
A Star to Steer By, Book Four
The Boundless Deep, Book Five
Until Winter Comes Again, Book Six

OTHER TITLES by Virginia Carmichael
All The Blue of Heaven
Purple Like the West
Leaving Liberty
Season of Joy
Season of Hope
A Home for her Family

Mary Jane Hathaway is the pen name of an award-nominated writer who spends the majority of her literary energy on subjects un-related to Jane Austen. A homeschooling mother of six young children who rarely wear shoes, she's madly in love with a man who has never read Pride and Prejudice. She holds degrees in Religious Studies and Theoretical Linguistics, and has a Jane Austen quote on the back of her van. She can be reached on facebook at Mary Jane Hathaway or her regular author page of Virginia Carmichael.

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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 February 2017
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I really like how these books are entertaining, yet informative. Great stories and interactions. Good community spirit. Enjoyed how the hymn helped Violet change. It could have used better editing. All in all a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.2 stars: Summer's Glory by Mary Jane Hathaway 5 March 2017
By R. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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Silas, her childhood tormentor, is the very last person Violet wants to see back in town, let alone doing carpentry for her mom's restaurant, but he suddenly seems to be everywhere; their common interests and mutual attraction surprise them both, even as he works through his guilt and she struggles to fully trust.

(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)

Plot and Setting: 4.25 -- Plot is engaging from start to finish. Has many unique elements, no major holes, and a sense of focus. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline is inconsistent and confusing. I enjoyed the unusual idea of a romance between a former bully and his victim. It was done well, with the consequences of the past neither vanishing at once, nor lingering too long. The various catalysts for change along the way were varied, interesting, and reasonable. The confusing timeline distracted and annoyed me, however. I would say it starts in mid-June (the official beginning of summer is still a week away, according to an early bit of dialogue) and is mainly confined to the single week that Violet is filling in at her mom's restaurant. But there are several confounding references to multiple weeks passing, and besides, June seems early for harvesting gardens. Argh.

Characters: 4.7 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. Some minor characters have depth, while others may be slightly stereotyped or simplified. Definite strong points in the relationships between characters. Violet and Silas both have a lot of depth even before they start interacting with each other again, but dealing with the echoes of their painful past brings out plenty of additional depth for them both. Some of my favorite elements are how they are both sort of initially horrified at the thought that they might actually like each other -- and that they might have liked each other even in high school. Using a snotty former classmate to bring this realization to Violet was especially great. Family and friends come into the story to varying degrees, and are developed as characters to varying extents, as well. Some good wisdom from Luke, Elise, and Ron to help Silas and Violet along the way.

Mechanics and Writing: 3 -- Frequent typos, punctuation issues, and word errors. (>30/100 pgs) Some of the errors are mildly confusing. Generally solid use of POV, with a few errors or oddities. Generally skillful writing. Errors include: compound word and/or homophone confusion, mild punctuation or formatting issues (a comma before 'but' is almost always needed; also inconsistent indents throughout -- most, but not all, paragraphs seem to have a double indent), mild typos (including errors in proper names, like calling Arcadia Valley 'Arcadia Falls' once, and referring to Delis Sausages as 'Deli's Sausages'). Then there are some inconsistencies that are mildly confusing, such as failing to mention Romy at all until long after several cryptic statements hint at Silas having one, mysterious, remaining family member, or statements that put Charlotte in 2 places at once (she's helping Romy with canning, but also needs a babysitter because it's date night?). POV is Violet and Silas, and one section seems to shift between them oddly.

Redeeming Value: 5 -- Well-developed, central, uplifting themes. Drugs, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified at all. No explicit sex scenes. Clear moral guidelines for behavior. A very clean story, with plenty of emotional and spiritual depth. Silas is grappling with his guilt over his past actions, and needs to learn to stop living in the past and move forward once the people he hurt have forgiven him. Violet learns that genuinely forgiving means acknowledging how much Silas has changed, and choosing to stop looking for ways he might fail. Humility and grace are big themes.

Personal Enjoyment: 4 -- I liked it a lot. Highly enjoyable and very entertaining, with perhaps an issue or two that tempered my pleasure. I’d enjoy reading it again.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 15 February 2017
By Linda Rainey - Published on Amazon.com
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I am so happy to read the next installment in the Arcadia Valley Romance Series.
This novel can be read as a standalone but reading Book 1 introduces you to Arcadia Valley as a whole and the farm fresh concept.
I love the sense of community, how people share and work together.
Violet struggles with her attitude towards Silas and her growing attraction and finally surrenders to God's will.
God's love and mercy is highlighted throughout the book.
Thanks for an inspiring read and a very nice romance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Redemption 10 June 2017
By lrbg64 - Published on Amazon.com
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Great story about a girl falling in love with the bad boy who bullied her in school. Except......he's all grown up now. He has become a Christian and is a man of integrity. Loved this story of redemption. I have enjoyed every book I have read by Mary Jane Hathaway, and this is no exception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 18 April 2017
By Wilani Wahl - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful! I fell in love with Violet and Silas! I could feel like I was in their shoes. It is well written. I love the inspirational theme of forgiveness and second chances. I am enjoying this whole series set in Arcadia Valley. I look forward to reading more in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A happy ending for Violet and Silas 20 March 2017
By lcsigns4u - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm loving this series of Acadia Valley books. This is the first after the novellas and I am hooked (in a good way). I love that the guy that made Violet's life a misery in high school knows what he did and he feels really bad about it. He looks for a way to ask forgivness.