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Porch Swing Girl

By Taylor Bennett


What if friendship cost you everything?

Stranded in Hawaii after the death of her mother, sixteen-year-old Olive Galloway is desperate to escape. She has to get back to Boston before her dad loses all common sense and sells the family house. But plane tickets cost money—something Olive gravely lacks.

With the help of Brander, the fussy youth group worship leader, and Jazz, a mysterious girl with a passion for all things Hawaiian, Olive lands a summer job at the Shave Ice Shack and launches a scheme to buy a plane ticket home before the end of the summer.

But when Jazz reveals a painful secret, Olive’s plans are challenged. Jazz needs money. A lot of it. Olive and Brander are determined to help their friend but, when their fundraising efforts are thwarted, Olive is caught in the middle. To help Jazz means giving up her ticket home. And time is running out.

Book Takeaway:

No matter what you've been through, God has great things in store. Let go of yourself and trust in Him.

Why the author wrote this book:

I wrote this book to discover the story that was weighing on my heart, the story that began with those three small words: "Porch Swing Girl." When the title popped into my head one day, I knew that there was a novel waiting between those words. And I was prepared to write it.


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