Seventeen year old Vandy Spencer lives like a princess. Sheltered by her wealthy family, she happily makes plans to spend a before-college gap summer with her gorgeous boyfriend.
Then her dad is accused of financial fraud. The victims of her dad’s swindle vow revenge, and her dad flees.
As accusations and innuendos pile up, Vandy retreats to a hermit-like existence in her childhood tree house and struggles to separate reality from lies. Was her perfect life truly so perfect? Did she ever really know her father?
When family secrets come to light, revealing an unimaginable betrayal, Vandy learns to appreciate the simple richness of sincerity and truth.
Mother/daughter author duo HL Carpenter write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they're not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.
The notice in the newspaper told of an ordinary life, yet the details wove a rich history. How could so few have known of the wealth of experiences hidden behind the quiet exterior?
The discovery came too late for those of us who neglected to pause, to acknowledge, to pay attention. For want of the simple act of listening, opportunity slipped away.
Who have you heard today?
I pushed through the bushes and stomped across the grass to Kingsway. I was in the middle of the back lawn when the deafening roar of a helicopter swooping low made me duck. Harsh white light scattered the darkness, drowning out the glow from the solar lamps. I raised my arms to shield my face from the glare. The round red logo of the local television news station on the side of the helicopter glared down at me like an angry eye. I froze.