What lines would you cross to save someone you love? Filled with the kinds of impossible choices that made the TV show Weeds such a hit, this compelling drama asks to what lengths an avid rule-follower will go in order to save her family--and the answer involves "growing" in surprising directions.
Sixteen-year-old Honor Augustine never set out to become a felon. As an academic all-star, avid recycler, and dedicated daughter to her PTSD-afflicted father, she's always been the literal embodiment of her name. Coloring inside the lines is what keeps Honor's chaotic existence orderly.
But when she discovers her father's VA benefits drying up, coupled with a terrifying bank letter threatening the family's greenhouse business--Honor vows to find a solution. She just doesn't expect to spot it on the dry erase board of English lit--"Nature's first green is gold."
The quote by Frost becomes the seed of an idea. An idea that--with patience and care--could germinate into a means of survival. Maybe marijuana could be more than the medicinal plant that helps quiet her father's demons. Maybe, it could save them all.
About the Author
Darcy Woods has held an eclectic mix of professions--from refueling helicopters for the US Army to recharging bodies and spirits at a spa--but her most beloved career is being an author. She is a happily-ever-after addict and finds all things metaphysical endlessly fascinating. She lives in Michigan with her husband and cat. Her first novel Summer of Supernovas won the Golden Heart® award. You can follow Darcy on Twitter at @woodswrite.
“A complicated and artfully nuanced look at the lengths we’ll go to for the people we love, Smoke is a page-turner full of heart and hope, not to be missed."—Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces
“A poignant story that explores the dilemma of doing the wrong thing for the right reasons. . . . Will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.” —Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be
“A compelling chronicle of a small-town American family navigating an economic hurricane in a rowboat filled with holes. You’ll cheer for them.” —Jeff Zentner, award-winning author of The Serpent King
“Bold, propulsive, and utterly incandescent, Smoke will burn in your heart and mind.” —Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of All Eyes on Her
“A beautiful reminder of what it takes to cultivate our most precious relationships.” —Marisa Reichardt, author of Underwater
“Exquisite prose and luminous characters. Prepare to be dazzled!” —Pintip Dunn, New York Times bestselling author of Dating Makes Perfect
"A character-driven, first-person narrative that is at turns anguished and funny. " —Kirkus Reviews
Tracy Holczer’s Brave in the Woods is written for a young reader who enjoys fairy tales, discoveries and strong family ties. This well- crafted, intergenerational story is heartfelt and carries the reader’s heart thoughtfully along with Juni’s quest. A gift of storytelling filled with curses –both good and bad - this emotional tale will leave you with the truths of joy, grief and grace. Don’t miss Holczer’s breakout novel. For readers ages 9+ - Reviewed by Maureen