Heartsand is my debut young adult fiction novel. It's a story that grew from all my childhood summers at my cottage and all of the coming-of-age experiences I had with my own best friends. Everything just seems brighter and more possible under a warm July night sky.
Tori, Marc, Sophia, and Aidan have gone through quite a lot throughout Heartsand but how exactly will they put it all back together the next summer?! Stay-tuned for the much-anticipated Heartsand sequel, Sunwild, coming soon!
"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."