Sunday, March 26, 2023

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Sylvia's Mother by Jennifer Lynn Cary


Book: Sylvia’s Mother

Author: Jennifer Lynn Cary

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: February 26, 2023

She’s an overprotective single mother…

…He’s a former protector who can’t give up the role.

But who will guard their hearts from scheming high school matchmakers?

Eileen Avery is determined her daughter Sylvia won’t experience the heartaches she did. Even if it means taking parenting lessons from her mother, the dragon lady. But she is not like her mother. Not even remotely.

If only Sylvia could see that.

But she wants independence. How much is a good thing? And how much is too risky?

Besides, Sylvia is in love and needing a little freedom. It’s not like she’s about to run away to a commune and become a hippy. However, she is willing to try about anything to get her mom to loosen up, even play matchmaker. Maybe if her mother had her own love life, she’d quite trying to put Sylvia’s under a microscope.

But will it all blow up in her face?

Seth Matthews thought he’d said goodbye to Kokomo until an on-the-job injury with the FBI changed his plans. This town holds more than his family, and those memories had better stay buried for all concerned. But how was he to put his honed instincts on the back burner and stop safeguarding the ones closest to him?

He was willing to help his family with almost anything. But pretending interest in some woman to help with his nephew’s romantic endeavors? That was one thing he couldn’t see himself doing.

Until he realizes there was more than coincidence at play.

Forget about Women’s Lib. Return to 1972 Kokomo, Indiana for the second installment of The Weather Girls Wedding Shoppe and Venue series—Sylvia’s Mother—and the fight for personal independence. Join Sylvia, her mother, Eileen, and the kooky mix-ups that all point to romance in this small-town romp. If you enjoyed the Weather Girls and Judy in Disguise, then this book is a must-read.

You will love Sylvia’s Mother, inspired by the pop 1960s song by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show because everyone dreams of a second chance with a first love.


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Slyvia's Mother by Jennifer Lynn Cary is Book 2 in the series, The Weather Girls Wedding Shoppe, and Venue. I had the pleasure of reading Book 1 in this series and I have been excitedly waiting for Book 2.

We are back to 1972 in Kokomo, Indiana and the main characters in this book are Eileen Avery and Sylvia.  Eileen does not want her daughter, Sylvia, to go through heartbreak as Eileen did. Sylvia is young and only getting ready to Graduate High School and she isn't completely focused on her love life. Sylvia wants to be independent and she tries to figure out how to gain independence and have her mom stop worrying about Sylvia. Sylvia and Luke(her boyfriend) decide to play matchmaker and get her Mom hooked up with someone. Seth Matthews, who is Luke's uncle, seems like a good fit for Eileen. Seth was getting ready to move from Kokomo, Indiana, but he is injured at work and his plans have changed. Seth LOVES his family and will do just about anything for them, but he isn't sure about getting set up with a woman he doesn't know isn't something he is too keen on. Will Sylvia and Luke be successful in setting up Eileen and Seth? Will Eileen and Seth have life changes? 

I was captivated by the storyline from the very first page. I started reading this book and could not put it down. Eileen really only wants the best for her daughter Sylvia. Sylvia seems to want independence. Eileen's past and all that she endured in her childhood really explain a lot of why Eileen is so overprotective of Sylvia. Seth and Luke are great characters in the book and I really LOVE the Uncle and Nephew bond they have. The book is one of Forgiveness, Letting Go of the Past, Relationships, and more. I HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone who likes good Clean Christian Romance and a step back in history! GREAT BOOK!

Historical Christian Romance author, Jennifer Lynn Cary, likes to say you can take the girl out of Indiana, but you can’t take the Hoosier out of the girl. Now transplanted to the Arizona desert, this direct descendant of Davy Crockett and her husband of forty plus years enjoy time with family where she shares tales of her small-town heritage and family legacies with their grandchildren. She is the author of The Crockett Chronicles series, The Relentless series, and The Weather Girls trilogy as well as the stand-alone novel, Cheryl’s Going Home, her novella Tales of the Hob Nob Annex Café, and her split-time novels The Traveling Prayer Shawl and The Forgotten Gratitude Journal. Sylvia’s Mother is the second book of her spin-off series The Weather Girls Wedding Shoppe and Venue.


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Do you remember your high school prom? The one in Sylvia’s Mother is based on an actual prom—the Stardust Ball at Kokomo High School. I didn’t attend it—I’d gone to the Autumn Prom, but not the Stardust Ball in 1972, so I had to contact fellow classmates to get the scoop.

The date in the book is actually when it really occurred. And there are a couple other real events and personalities added to this otherwise fictional dance. It was fun to have friends tell me of their memories and to find out what some of the nominees were doing now.

Something else I learned that made me want to write this story. I had been researching and found an old interview by Chuck Buell who used to be a disc jockey for WLS in Chicago. I’d always liked him so when I ran across the interview, I wasn’t too worried about getting anything specific—it was pretty much a stroll down memory lane.

And then he told a story about meeting up with Dr. Hook. They were hanging out in Monterey, California on the good doctor’s houseboat when he offered to introduce Chuck to the guy who wrote the lyrics for “Cover of the Rolling Stone.” Turns out the guy lived a couple boats down the marina, so they walked over and Chuck Buell met Shel Silverstein for the first time.

Yep, the man who wrote The Giving Tree and those childhood collections of poetry—Light in the Attic, Falling Up, and Runny Babbit—got his start writing rock and roll lyrics. Among them are “Cover of the Rolling Stone,” “A Boy Named Sue,” and “Sylvia’s Mother.” And once I learned that, I couldn’t help hearing his style (“voice”) in the songs since I had taught from his books in my elementary classrooms for many years. The thought made me smile and I had to write a story from one of those. “Sylvia’s Mother” fit the plan for my new series, so I borrowed the title.

I hope you will enjoy the story, even if you’ve never heard the song. But if you do know that old pop hit, I think you will enjoy a couple Easter egg surprises I hid along the way.

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 17

Texas Book-aholic, March 18

By The Book, March 19 (Author Interview)

Cover Lover Book Review, March 20

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 21

Sylvan Musings, March 22 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, March 22

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 23

Connie’s History Classroom, March 24

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, March 25 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 26

Blogging With Carol, March 27

Pause for Tales, March 28

For Him and My Family, March 29

Beauty in the Binding, March 30 (Author Interview)

Books I’ve Read, March 30

To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon card and an eBook copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

I anppreciate all the family connections in the story, and I look forward to finding out whose romance ends well.

Rita Wray said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

Jennifer Lynn Cary said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for that amazing review! ❤️

Caryl Kane said... Best Blogger Tips

Kendra, Thank you for sharing your excellent review.

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your review of Sylvia’s Mother, this sounds like a wonderful story and I am looking forward to reading it myself

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