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:
3rd 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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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.