This stand alone follow-up to The Lemonade Year finds all your favorite characters discovering that life can be as sticky as it is sweet.
Nina is a photographer who really likes control. She likes to set up just the right shot with the perfect composition, but life is not always as pretty as her pictures. The lighting is off, the timing is wrong, and the subjects just won’t do what she wants them to.
She’s engaged to her ex-husband, her teenage daughter is testing all the boundaries, and her childhood memories have a for sale sign on them. She’s also keeping a secret about the chance of a lifetime, but what she’ll have to give up to get it, might not be worth it. Just when she thinks she’s got it all figured out, a blast from her past resurfaces and forces her to take a hard look at what she really wants and why.
Will Nina be able to let go of the perfect picture she had in her head and let her heart find the sweetness that life has to offer?
In The Year of Thorns and Honey, Amy Willoughby-Burle has crafted a warm heartfelt story of second chances, exploring how we move forward in grace. With stunning emotional and psychological depth, the novel’s engaging characters wrestle with decisions large and small—and discover that starting over can be the most meaningful gift of all. You’ll be drawn in by Nina’s charming voice and end up falling in love with her honest vulnerability and her earnest desire to choose the best path. /Heather Bell Adams author of The Good Luck Stone
What a pleasure it was to read the Advanced Readers Copy of The Year of Thorns and Honey, Amy Willoughby Burle’s anticipated sequel to the Lemonade Year. I was quickly drawn back into the lives of loving yet flawed characters who mirror the conflicts of everyday life: how to do the right thing and find happiness. And like all good writers should, Burle portrays these human issues with skill and empathy. Her characters ask the internal doubting questions we all ask, for we are universally insecure creatures. Burle is especially adept at capturing the attitude and angst of the teenage mindset for her verbal and body language are masterful. Above all, this novel is easy storytelling that undulates the highs and lows of life and the steady quest for the one, right answer—when more than one might do just fine. / Leah Weiss, Bestselling author of If The Creek Don’t Rise
The Year of Thorns and Honey is an intriguing and insightful exploration of the intricacies of family and forgiveness. With vivid prose, lively dialogue, and a memorable cast of characters, Amy Willoughby-Burle’s delightful sequel to The Lemonade Year sheds new light on the complexities of love, the nuances of parenting, and the challenge of discerning one’s true path. / Erica C. Witsell author of Give
A charming romance. / Jessica Handler, author, The Magnetic Girl