For years, Jane’s mom told her horror stories about her time spent in foster care. Now she’s determined to keep her little sister from suffering the same fate.
Seventeen-year-old Jane Sanders has had to take care of her alcoholic mother and little sister, Abby, since her dad died seven years ago. And now Mom had to go and die too. Authorities determine it was a homeless transient who died in the fire of the old manufacturing plant, but Jane knows the truth.
There is no way she’s going to let Abby go into foster care which leaves her with one option—fake her mom’s life. As far as Abby knows, their mom is in rehab. And Jane wants to keep it that way. She’d be eighteen in a few months then she could become legal guardian to her sister. With the help of her best friend, Clark, it should be easy, right?
Juggling nosy neighbors, a concerned school counselor, and an oblivious new boyfriend turns out to be harder than Jane thought. But the real problem begins when Abby starts writing letters to Mom. Through Abby’s letters, Jane sees a different side to their mom—a side she could have loved. And loving Mom is something she didn’t plan on. Because loving somebody makes it harder to ignore their death.
Praise for Abby’s Letters:
2nd Place Childrens/YA Maxwell Medal
2016 Semi-Finalist ACFW Genesis Contest
“Heart-wrenching, beautiful, and complex, Abby’s Letters is an exquisitely written treatise on mother-daughter relationships, forgiveness, and love. Romanin skillfully tells this fragile family’s story with tenderness and grace, highlighting the interplay of a young woman’s painful past, uncertain future, and unflinching sisterly devotion. Each moment in this novel is a treasure shaped by masterful prose and lyrical storytelling. Do not miss this book. This is a story that should be read by anyone who is a mother or who loves one.”
–Megan Whitson Lee, author of Suburban Dangers and the award-winning novel, Captives
“Dana Romanin debuts on the YA scene with a heartfelt story of holding on, letting go, and growing up. I was immediately invested in the characters and was hooked from the beginning until the very end. Romanin has a fresh, authentic voice that delivers for YA readers of any age.”
–Nicole Quigley, award-winning author of Like Moonlight at Low Tide
“Dana Romanin’s debut novel is a poignant tale of love and lives lost, and one girl’s attempt to keep what’s left of her family together, despite all the odds. A wonderful and thought-provoking read.”
–Diana Sharples, author of Running Lean
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Bee’s Gift: A Contemporary Romance (Abby’s Letters Series Book 2)
Eighteen-year-old Lindsey Bartley made a mistake at a party with the most popular guy in school, Richard Hendrick. Neither of them remembers much about the party, but two lines on a pregnancy test confirm Lindsey’s worst fear.
Richard has no interest in Lindsey outside of friendship. He has fallen for Jane Sanders, Clayton High School’s “good girl.” But Lindsey is okay with that because she has recently discovered that God’s love is all she needs. She decides to keep her pregnancy a secret and let Richard remain blissfully unaware. However, when Jane Sanders takes a brave step in revealing a secret of her own, Lindsey decides it is time for Richard to know the truth.
Richard Hendrick cannot be a father at eighteen. He had planned to go to UVA, graduate with honors, then join his father’s law firm. A baby does not figure into his plan for at least another twelve years. Lindsey claims she doesn’t need his help, but can Richard ignore his own child?
Elizabeth’s Playground: A Contemporary Romance (Abby’s Letters Series Book 3)
Sixteen-year-old Abby Sanders firmly believes love is something to avoid. At best it hurts—when a supposed loved one inevitably disappoints you. And at worst it kills—literally. She’d know. Her mom loved her dad so much that she drank herself to death. And don’t even get her started on her sister, Jane. She kept a secret from Abby and destroyed their relationship. But Abby has a secret of her own.
Ian Vaughn is new in town and falls immediately for the somewhat rude, yet inexplicably captivating Abby. When he discovers that she has a nasty habit, he tries to help her, falling deeper and deeper for the wheat-haired vixen. But when Abby’s harmful behavior escalates, Ian questions whether he has what it takes to heal Abby’s heart.
Shelby & Vito: A Manhattan Love Novella
Shelby walks around barefoot. Vito alphabetizes his spice rack. They’re a match made in Manhattan.
Shelby Cooper loves Manhattan. Leaving Virginia was the best decision she’s made in her eighteen years of life. Only one problem—she’s jobless. Repurposing old clothes into beautiful new fashion is her dream. But it doesn’t pay the bills. And she can’t mooch off her Aunt Claire anymore. If she doesn’t find something soon she may have to leave the city she loves, and worse, leave her annoyingly overprotective but cute neighbor.
Vito Savelli has lived in lower Manhattan all his life. Life is good. Well, it’s predictable. Until the barefoot vixen moves in across the hall. Who in their right mind gives shoes away while they’re still wearing them? Now the store he and his dad own is tanking, and his new barefoot neighbor, Shelby, is driving him crazy. But maybe being crazy with Shelby is better than sane without her.