When Abby's cherished best friend, Stella Rose, is dying from cancer, she asks Abby to assume custody of her teenage daughter. Although Abby has no experience with children, she says yes.
Because that's what best friends do. They say yes.
Upon Stella’s death, Abby moves to rural Vermont to take care of Olivia. But Abby struggles to connect with Olivia and she soon finds guardianship of a headstrong teenager daunting beyond her wildest misgivings. Despite her best efforts, and the help of friends old and new, she is unable to keep Olivia from self-destruction. As Abby's journey unfolds, she grapples with raising a grieving teenager, realizes she didn't know Stella as well as she thought, and discovers just how far she will go to save the most precious thing in her life.
Tammy Flanders Hetrick has been telling stories all her life, refining her skills at age ten through marathon tag-team story-telling with her best friend, honing her craft through decades of business writing, and ultimately finding joy in extracurricular creative writing. She has published short stories in Your Teen Magazine, Blue Ocean Institute’s Sea Stories, and Route 7 Literary Journal. It’s no surprise Tammy’s first novel, Stella Rose, features enduring friendships among strong women. She has spent much of her personal life and career helping women see their potential. In 2009 she was recognized with the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition’s Pioneering Woman Award for coaching and mentoring women in the work place. Her passion for strong relationships among women runs through the book and led to the creation of an online community where women can talk about the impact of friendship in their lives – InFriendship.com – launching in February 2015. Tammy is a director at Keurig Green Mountain in Vermont, where she lives with her husband of thirty years, their two cats, and a beagle/pitbull mix. Though Tammy loves her two grown children to distraction, she appreciates the amenities of an empty nest.
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