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3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  31 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 118 pages
Published (first published January 26th 2011)
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Inspired Kathy
Apr 23, 2011 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
This one started off really slow for me. It took me several attempts to get through the first 20 pages. I found myself skimming and just not caring about it, wondering why I had agreed to review it. However once I was 20 pages in I stopped skimming and started enjoying the story.

This had a memoir - remembering the past feel to it. The book takes place over the course of a summer and is the recollections of twelve year old Sadie. I saw this categorized as young adult on someones goodread shelf bu
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Apr 03, 2011 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: puyb
While small in size, this coming-of-age story was big in it's characters and messages. I will admit that the first several pages took some trying to get through, but nothing overly drastic. Once I was through those pages, I was so caught up with Sadie Ann's story, and Emily Sue Harvey's talented work, that I had this book finished in an hour. I did not have the privilege of reading Song of Renewal, Harvey's first book, but will be going back to read it,especially if it's as enjoyable a read as t ...more
Feb 28, 2011 Misha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
*Rated 4.5*

After twelve-year old, Sadie Ann Melton's babysitter, runs off and gets married, chaos prevails as both her parents are too busy with their work. It's decided that Sadie and her little brother would be taken care by their grandparents on their farm. Sadie is excited at the prospect of spending an entire summer with her aunt, Nellie, who is just one year older to her.

"The summer at Grandma and Grandpa Melton's South Carolina farm would ne a season from which I would therafter mark tim
May 27, 2012 Annette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any age adult, and also 13 and up
The summer of 1950 has arrived, and Sadie's parents are in need of a babysitter for her and younger brother Joe for the summer while they work. Sadie's parents work the second shift at a mill. Sadie and her brother are sent to stay for the summer at their paternal grandparents farm in South Carolina. On weekends their parents would visit the farm, often picking up the kids and taking them to the drive-in movie theater. They were a close family, laughter and affection was prominent. On the other ...more
Three Reasons Review
1) Reasons I Chose This Book:
* Of course, the first reason I chose this book is because I got an e-mail from the Pump Up Your Book Tour looking for people to review it!
* Before I even read anything about this book, the cover really caught my eye. Who can resist a book with beautiful flowers on the front?

2) Reasons You Liked or Disliked This Book:
* Reading this book was like taking a trip down memory lane. I know it takes place in the 50's, but there were so may memories
Apr 06, 2011 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tour-reads
"Flavors" by Emily Sue Harvey was a real treat to read, and such a diversion and a different mix of "flavors" than my usual reads. Ms. Harvey gathers her readers up, and travels them on a trip back to 1950 where television and radio were not so commonplace, and simple walks with your friends were all the enjoyment that you needed. It was a simpler life then, less complicated, more black and white and, if you ask Sadie Ann Melton, just plain fun.
However, as the years go by for Sadie, she soon fi
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review first appeared on my blog:

In "Flavors", the narrator, Sadie Ann Melton, looks back from middle age to a particular period in her life when her summer was spent mostly at her grandparents' farm in South Carolina, with weekends with her parents after their live-in babysitter eloped. The author was 12 years old and her little brother was 4, and the extra income for her grandmother allowed her to buy a washing machine to help her with the huge amo
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
This short book highlights the summer of Sadie's life that she turns the corner into adulthood. It is a quick enjoyable read and brought back memories of my own teenage years in which I spent a lot of time at my best friend's farm.

She highlights the title, Flavors, by associating flavors with different seasons of life. Such as: "To me, life is a huge pie, each slice a different flavor. Childhood is definitely lemon. Yet youth cannot completely contain it because a bit of its tanginess pops up s
This book reminds me a lot of childhood memories.The story of Flavors is like reading my diary, I could relate to some of the things mentioned in this book. I remember those summers spent at my grandparents house. Wow, reading this definitely made me stop and think of those people I met during those summer vacations and my crushes! And look at the book cover, loved that book cover! I'm really fascinated with flowers and the color is perfect for the theme of the book.

Though I have to mention that
Mar 04, 2011 Tonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily Sue Harvey is like a fine wine, getting better and better with each book. The first one was ok. This second book, Flavors is defintely a good book. A novella, set in the South, a coming-of-age story. Very cute, Sadie Ann Melton describes things in Flavors as she has to stay at her grandparents during the week for the summers since her parents are both working during the 1950's. She is a very young spirted girl. I enjoyed her immensely, as I am sure you will too! She will have you laughing ...more
Sadie looks back at her adolescence during the 50's when she spends the summer at her Grandparents house. She only spends the weekends with her parents. During this time she develops relationships with her aunts and uncles which helps shape the woman she will eventually become. The book was short and sweet but I think the characters could have been better developed.
Freda Labianca
A solid novella, that had a great message in it. Love. Unconditional love.
At least that it was I took from it.
This was a beautifully written story, that has moments that will touch on your emotions.
Well-rounded and fun characters too, with unique personalities.
May 23, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
It was okay...the story line was great, but the verbiage just felt a little forced, and despite being in the head of a twelve-year-old, I definitely felt like there were big words thrown in for the sake of being big words...
Mar 12, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, first-reads
Emily Sue Harvey has a way with words. Sadie grew dear to my heart with every page I read. Flavors is a beautiful story of a summer that forever shaped the woman Sadie became.
Mar 20, 2011 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would highly recommend anyone reading this one! This book transports you to 1950. Great writing. I will be reading more of Ms. Harvey's works!!!
Stocksnbonds 3peat's front man
its alright get a copy of Scent of the Black Bouquet by Anthony Jackson at a know you will love this one
Jul 12, 2012 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
It's such a shame when a good plot is ruined by bad writing.
May 16, 2011 Irisbloodroot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sad but a good read!
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Emily Sue Harvey’s writing to make a difference. Her upbeat stories have appeared in dozens of anthologies including “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” “Chocolate for Women,” “From Eulogy to Joy,” “A Father’s Embrace,” “True Story,” “Compassionate Friends Magazine,” and “Woman’s World.” Emily Sue served as president of Southeastern Writers Association in 2008-2009. Her first novel, Song of Renewal, publ ...more
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