Gotta get a job,
help with the bills…
what a 13th birthday surprise!
Rachel and best friend Micah want to have a summer filled with lazy days at the lake, ice cream, and her little sister tagging along.
But money troubles are piling up for Mom and Dad, so she gets a job caring for their new neighbors’ hobby farm animals. Are they really raising that mean ol’ pig for bacon?
Too many things are changing – next year is eighth grade, the Townsends built their big new house on the best winter sledding hill, Micah wants to be her boyfriend… no crushes on boys for her.
Does Cybil want to be more than a casual friend?
Will Mom and Dad ever stop fighting about money?
Will Rachel’s pay as a farm helper be enough?
Rachel’s summer seems more like a raging river of worries than their favorite calm lakeshore beach as she tries to navigate around so many new obstacles.
Read the first chapters here free, courtesy of the publisher, to meet Rachel and family on her big birthday.
Is home really “where the heart is”?