“What an enchanting read! Harvey's ability to evoke not only emotion, but sensory delight is astounding! This is certainly a must read and would make a great book group endeavor as well. I absolutely loved this book, easily give it a FIVE, and can't wait to read more from this truly talented author and storyteller!”– Sugar Creek Cottage
“I loved everything about this book! This is just an all around excellent book that is sure to bring memories back from times when life was a lot more simple.”
– Black Diamond’s Book Reviews
“Flavors is a book which, I believe, can be read and loved by anyone. No matter how ‘grown-up’ we become, childhood memories still remain with us.”
– My Love Affair with Books
“Flavors is small in size, but the story within is a powerful coming of age tale.”
– Luxury Reading
“Delivers a powerful punch. I really enjoyed the quirky story and all the great characters. Emily Sue Harvey has done a splendid job of transporting you back to the 1950s in this novella.”
– Wakela Runen’s World
“A great, easy and relaxing read.”
– A Cozy Reader’s Corner
“While small in size, this coming-of-age story was big in it's characters and messages.”
– Reviews by Molly
“I loved this book. It's a short book, only 120 pages, but it's packed full of emotions.”
– Books, Fitness & Other Stuff
“ I really enjoyed this book and I like that I have found another author whose work I will look forward to reading again.”
– Carlybird’s Home
“Flavors is a great coming of age story that takes you back into time when not everyone had running water and many people still raised their own food…. A quick and incredibly entertaining story.”
– Brookside Reviews
“This coming-of-age novella is just long enough to get its message across and leave you with a satisfied feeling.”
– Eleven Pages
“A quick enjoyable read.”
– Books and Needlepoint
“Flavors was a spectacular novella. Everyone should take a chance to indulge themselves in its 115 pages. Through thick and thin, good and bad, Sadie Ann Melton's free-roaming spirit and mind are a great wonder to the reader's brain.”
– For the Love of Reading
In 1950, twelve-year-old Sadie Ann Melton is gregarious, candid, curious, and yet innocent and trusting. She basks in the sheer excitement of exploring her grandparents’ farm and gallivanting with all the aunts and uncles peers. Next to her baby brother, Little Joe, Nellie Jane is her favorite kin there. Clarence Henry and Cousin Doodle Bug are her worst nightmares. But she wouldn’t trade it all for anything — except home with Mama and Daddy. With goulash emotions seasoned with innocence, Sadie Ann embarks on a life-altering odyssey at once heartbreakingly tender and crushingly brutal, one that changes everything for her. She admires the Melton women, who, by summer’s end, love, coax, and command her — all helping shape her into the woman she becomes.
Emily Sue Harvey’s first novel, Song of Renewal, was praised by New York Times bestselling author Jill Marie Landis as “an uplifting, heartwarming story,” by bestselling author Kay Allenbaugh as a work that will “linger in the memory long after readers put it aside,” and by Coffee Time Romance as “a must-read book for anyone doing a little soul searching.” New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry said, “It captures your attention, and whets your appetite for more,” while Peeking between the Pages called it “quite simply a beautiful book.”
Now, in Flavors, this master storyteller of the human heart sweeps us along with twelve-year-old Sadie Ann Melton as she enters a life-altering season. The summer of 1950 will change everything for her. For in that summer, she will embark on an odyssey at once heartbreakingly tender and crushingly brutal. At times, she will experience more darkness than she has ever witnessed before. At others, she will thrill to lightness and joy she never imagined. By summer’s end, the Melton women in Sadie’s journey – loving her, coaxing her, and commanding her – will help shape her into the woman she becomes. And they will expose Sadie to all of the flavors of life as she savors the world that she brings into being.
Filled with charm, wisdom, and the smorgasbord of emotions that comes with the first steps into adulthood, Flavors once again proves Emily Sue Harvey’s unique ability to touch our souls with her unforgettable stories.
“Emily Sue Harvey has a beautiful way with words.... Flavors will transport you to another time and place and you'll lose yourself in the beauty of it. Flavors will make you laugh at times and cry at others but if you do read it, I don't think you'll ever forget it.”– Peeking Between the Pages
New York Times bestselling author Jill Marie Landis called Song of Renewal “An uplifting, heartwarming story of forgiveness, commitment, and love, and Kay Allenbaugh, bestselling author of Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul says “Emily Sue Harvey’s work will linger in the memory long after readers put it aside.” National bestselling author Harvey, who has written numerous inspiring works of nonfiction, writes intensely romantic novels that thrill the heart as they inspire the soul. Her stories have something to say to every family.
“I highly recommend this book. It’s a charming, sweet story and you’re sure to love Sadie! It’s a short, quick read that is a real delight. You’ll live through this pivotal summer along with Sadie and perhaps remember some of your own as well. Ms Harvey’s writing is beautiful and paints a wonderful visual image that makes you feel as if you’re there.”– Life in Review