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Summer of Hard Choices: A Heartfelt Mystery about Loss, Truth, Friendship, Forgiveness by Martha Passel is a story about two friends, Perry Ann and Matilou, as they embark on an emotional journey to find the truth about an accident that took the lives of Perry Ann's family, ten years after it occurred. Bullied in her childhood, Matilou is emotionally scarred too. And as they investigate and unravel evidence of a cover-up in the summer of 1983, the painful trauma of the past ten years comes back to them. Will resolving the mystery heal their emotional wounds or reopen the scars they have been carrying for a long time?
Martha Passel's Summer of Hard Choices is an engaging story between two friends and their journey back to a troubled past. The plot is quite original and, as the story develops, the reader will find out that the emotions involved here are not that simple after all. Martha Passel's descriptive style is vivid and involves the simplest of details. As such, it is easy to empathize with the main protagonists of the story. Driven to find out the mystery of her loss, Perry Ann is as relentless as any veteran investigator. Matilou, on the other hand, finds herself on the threshold of so many decision-making moments that it has become for her a summer of hard choices. And these choices will have tremendous effects on the young women's lives. This Christian thriller novel is a perfect fit for its target readers.