About the Book
Book: Sylvia’s Mother
Author: Jennifer Lynn Cary
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release date: February 26, 2023
She’s an overprotective single mother…
…He’s a former protector who can’t give up the role.
But who will guard their hearts from scheming high school matchmakers?
Eileen Avery is determined her daughter Sylvia won’t experience the heartaches she did. Even if it means taking parenting lessons from her mother, the dragon lady. But she is not like her mother. Not even remotely.
If only Sylvia could see that.
But she wants independence. How much is a good thing? And how much is too risky?
Besides, Sylvia is in love and needing a little freedom. It’s not like she’s about to run away to a commune and become a hippy. However, she is willing to try about anything to get her mom to loosen up, even play matchmaker. Maybe if her mother had her own love life, she’d quite trying to put Sylvia’s under a microscope.
But will it all blow up in her face?
Seth Matthews thought he’d said goodbye to Kokomo until an on-the-job injury with the FBI changed his plans. This town holds more than his family, and those memories had better stay buried for all concerned. But how was he to put his honed instincts on the back burner and stop safeguarding the ones closest to him?
He was willing to help his family with almost anything. But pretending interest in some woman to help with his nephew’s romantic endeavors? That was one thing he couldn’t see himself doing.
Until he realizes there was more than coincidence at play.
Forget about Women’s Lib. Return to 1972 Kokomo, Indiana for the second installment of The Weather Girls Wedding Shoppe and Venue series—Sylvia’s Mother—and the fight for personal independence. Join Sylvia, her mother, Eileen, and the kooky mix ups that all point to romance in this small town romp. If you enjoyed the Weather Girls and Judy in Disguise, then this book is a must read.
You will love Sylvia’s Mother, inspired by the pop 1960s song by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, because everyone dreams of a second chance with a first love.
Click here to get your copy!
About the Author
Historical Christian Romance author, Jennifer Lynn Cary, likes to say you can take the girl out of Indiana, but you can’t take the Hoosier out of the girl. Now transplanted to the Arizona desert, this direct descendant of Davy Crockett and her husband of forty plus years enjoy time with family where she shares tales of her small-town heritage and family legacies with their grandchildren. She is the author of The Crockett Chronicles series, The Relentless series, and The Weather Girls trilogy as well as the stand-alone novel, Cheryl’s Going Home, her novella Tales of the Hob Nob Annex Café, and her split-time novels The Traveling Prayer Shawland The Forgotten Gratitude Journal. Sylvia’s Mother is the second book of her spin-off series The Weather Girls Wedding Shoppe and Venue.
More from Jennifer
Do you remember your high school prom? The one in Sylvia’s Mother is based on an actual prom—the Stardust Ball at Kokomo High School. I didn’t attend it—I’d gone to the Autumn Prom, but not the Stardust Ball in 1972, so I had to contact fellow classmates to get the scoop.
The date in the book is actually when it really occurred. And there are a couple other real events and personalities added to this otherwise fictional dance. It was fun to have friends tell me of their memories and to find out what some of the nominees were doing now.
Something else I learned that made me want to write this story. I had been researching and found an old interview by Chuck Buell who used to be a disc jockey for WLS in Chicago. I’d always liked him so when I ran across the interview, I wasn’t too worried about getting anything specific—it was pretty much a stroll down memory lane.
And then he told a story about meeting up with Dr. Hook. They were hanging out in Monterey, California on the good doctor’s houseboat when he offered to introduce Chuck to the guy who wrote the lyrics for “Cover of the Rolling Stone.” Turns out the guy lived a couple boats down the marina, so they walked over and Chuck Buell met Shel Silverstein for the first time.
Yep, the man who wrote The Giving Tree and those childhood collections of poetry—Light in the Attic, Falling Up, and Runny Babbit—got his start writing rock and roll lyrics. Among them are “Cover of the Rolling Stone,” “A Boy Named Sue,” and “Sylvia’s Mother.” And once I learned that, I couldn’t help hearing his style (“voice”) in the songs since I had taught from his books in my elementary classrooms for many years. The thought made me smile and I had to write a story from one of those. “Sylvia’s Mother” fit the plan for my new series, so I borrowed the title.
I hope you will enjoy the story, even if you’ve never heard the song. But if you do know that old pop hit, I think you will enjoy a couple Easter egg surprises I hid along the way.
I enjoyed the time period of the 1970s and loved the songs the author referenced. I grew up in the seventies and it was nice to remember some of the fun things from high school. I do remember my prom not being very fun because my boyfriend decided he didn’t want to go. I went with sone friends but it was awkward. Sylvia is a young teenager about to graduate and wants so bad to be independent. She has endured her mother’s overbearing all her life, but now she needs to break free of her control. I’m sure some of us can relate to Sylvia and her battles with her mother. She does have a decent relationship with her yet she doesn’t know how to make her mother understand that she is ready to be on her own.
Eileen is a great character and I know she wanted the best for her daughter. Lately they seem to be getting into more fights with each other and Eileen is so desperate to keep her safe that she is causing Sylvia to distance herself. As we dig deeper into the story we find out why Eileen is so strict. I was so upset learning all the lies her own mother had told and the deceptions she did that caused so much emotional trauma to Eileen.
The story deals with divorce, deceit, secrets and learning to trust God. It is not easy to forgive someone but in this story we see how letting go of our anger will help you forgive easier. I liked how the author explored the dynamics of mothers and daughters and emphasizing how important it is to honor our mother and father. There will be times that Sylvia and Eileen will both face having to decide if they can let go of their pride and allow God to help them as try to repair relationships. Great story with a bit of romance mixed with rebuilding relationships and second chances.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 17
Texas Book-aholic, March 18
By The Book, March 19 (Author Interview)
Cover Lover Book Review, March 20
Locks, Hooks and Books, March 21
Sylvan Musings, March 22 (Author Interview)
deb’s Book Review, March 22
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 23
Connie’s History Classroom, March 24
Adventures of a Travelers Wife, March 25 (Author Interview)
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 26
Blogging With Carol, March 27
Pause for Tales, March 28
For Him and My Family, March 29
Beauty in the Binding, March 30 (Author Interview)
Books I’ve Read, March 30
To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon card and an eBook copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
Thanks so much, Deana. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. ❤️ReplyDelete
I liked the review.ReplyDelete
Thank You for the review.ReplyDelete
This comment has been removed by the author.ReplyDelete
I've been through Kokomo, Indiana. Interesting to see a story set about the time I was born in a place somewhat familiar!ReplyDelete
I like the book's emphasis on the relationship between mother and daughter.ReplyDelete
I'm interested in finding out if the referenced songs sound familiar to me.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your excellent review of Sylvia’s Mother, this sounds like a story that I will truly enjoy reading and I am looking forward to doing soReplyDelete