HEARTSAND & SUNWILD
Heartsand and its sequel, Sunwild, are young adult fiction novels that grew from a love of summer nights, moonlit lakes and the excitement of young love.
Tori has spent every summer of her life in Port Drift, the Lake Huron beach town where her parents' tiny cottage sits, inherited from her grandparents a generation before. Every summer there was always Marc, right across the street from her in his grand white house. He was always her biggest competitor, her closest childhood friend. But this summer they are sixteen and Tori sees the differences immediately. There are new attractions now, feelings you aren't allowed to have when you are one friend of four. When there is Aidan and Sophia who have also grown up with Tori and Marc, who represent a childhood of traditions and unspoken rules. Can Tori really cross into the new world of thrilling first loves and still make it back to the safety of her childhood?
Join the four friends in Heartsand, the debut young adult fiction novel by Christy Howitt, as they cross the invisible line between childhood and adolescence, as they come face to face with exciting new love, family secrets, heartbreak and betrayal, things that will make them question how strong their friendships really are and what exactly is worth protecting.
Tori isn't coming back. Not to Port Drift, not to the beach, not ever.
But for a girl as free as the water and as stubborn as the land, can she really stay away? She may be strong-willed, but the forces of the lake and her summer life, the pull of the two boys she loves, could just be stronger than even she can resist.
The sun has barely set on last summer and Port Drift beach when Tori, Marc, Sophia and Aidan are forced to consider the uncertainty of the next one. Though seasons have changed, the experiences from last July and August could not be packed away like old beach towels or closed up for the season like windy cottage doors, like all the summers before. Last summer was the following kind, trailing into their regular winter lives in loud unraveling ways.
Summer is back, bringing with it the same old desires. But the question still lingers. What will Port Drift possibly be like without Tori?
Marc isn't eager to find out, shaking everything up with a decision no one saw coming. Aidan finds himself chasing a past that is becoming harder and harder to hold. Sophia stumbles into family truths that question that very core of who she is. And Tori, no matter where she chooses to spend the summer, must finally ask herself the large looming question - what exactly does she want? More so, who does she really want? Some things aren't worth giving up after all.
Join the four friends in, Sunwild, the second instalment of the Heartsand series, as they pick up the pieces from last summer, as they uncover the people they're becoming amidst an idyllic summertime world, governed by childhood rules and changed forever by love and lust and hearts run wild.
If last year was a fiery ride, there's no way back after this one