A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh

By Courtney Walsh

A pale scrapbook finds secrets and techniques that reconnect previous buddies in a spot referred to as Sweethaven.
Campbell Carter has come to Sweethaven looking for solutions approximately her mother's heritage. earlier than wasting a conflict with melanoma, Suzanne Carter despatched letters to adolescence acquaintances from her fatherland of Sweethaven, Michigan. Suzanne's 3 associates -- Lila, Jane, and Meghan -- haven't spoken in years, but every one has items of a scrapbook they made jointly as ladies. Suzanne's letters have lured all of them again to the idyllic lakeside city, the place they meet Campbell and start to recollect what was once so exact approximately their lengthy Sweethaven summers. because the scrapbook unearths secrets and techniques from the previous, previous wounds are mended, lives are replaced, and friendships are restored -- simply as Suzanne meant.

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Still, the incident had provided Begbie Wi the spurious moral ammunition he needed tae justify one ay his periodic drink and angst fuelled wars against the local populace. He'd git his one day. Nothing wis surer. Ah jist didnae want tae be aroond whin he did. Hazel and ah fell behind Franco n June. Haze wanted tae go. – Thirs something wrong wi him. Did ye see that guy's heid? Let's git ootay here. Ah found masel lyin tae her, tae justify Begbie's behaviour. Fuckin horrible. Ah jist couldnae handle her outrage, n the hassle thit went Wi it.

It's done fuck–all good. Tommy's persistent though. – Tell us Mark. Ah want tae ken. But then, when ye think aboot it, mibbe mates, whae've stuck by ye through thick n thin, usually fuckin thin, deserve at least an attempt at an explanation, if the counsellors/thought poliS get one. Ah launch intae a spiel. Ah feel surprisingly good, calm and clear, talkin aboot it. – Ah don't really know, Tam, ah jist dinnae. It kinday makes things seem mair real tae us. Life's boring and futile. We start oaf wi high hopes, then we bottle it.

Aw is it no? Ah kept ma fuckin gob shut, but this smart cunt's pushed us far enough. He pointed at the still prostrate figure of Jackie, whose rapidly swelling face had gained a new furtiveness. – Whit's the fuckin score here? Naz asked. 44 Billy ignored him, and looked straight at Jackie. – How long's it been gaun oan Jackie? – Whit's the cunt oan aboot? Jackie said, but his watery voice lacked assurance. – Canary Islands ma fuckin hole. Whair ur ye meetin Fiona? – You're fuckin tapped Billy.

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