Bookin' It

So Many Books. So Little Time. Let's Review!

Watermelon Summer by Anna Hess

watermelonsummerMy Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

I have been a big fan of Anna Hess and her almost “off the grid” lifestyle for a long time. I’ve followed her blog and chatted with her via email for at least a year or more, and I bought (and reviewed) her non-fiction book, The Weekend Homesteader. When I found out she was writing a Young Adult novel, her first venture into fiction, I believe, I was really excited for her, and I’m happy to say, her book, Watermelon Summer, lived up to my expectations. It is a charming coming-of-age sort of tale, involving the eighteen-year-old daughter of a woman who once lived in an “intentional community.” (Now there’s a phrase I had never heard. Turns out, an intentional community is what many of us would call a “hippie commune.”) 

Forsythia is a lovely character, determined to find out more about the lifestyle–and hopefully, the bio-father–her mother had left behind all those years ago. She gives up a summer trip to Europe and heads to the Appalachian mountains instead, planning to spend the summer at Greensun, the intentional community she had heard so many stories about. Along the way, she meets the intriguing and very sweet Jacob, whose beautiful blue eyes distract Forsythia at times, but who turns out to be a staunch ally and great working partner. And she discovers that not everyone is who they first appear to be, as evidenced by an enormous betrayal.

The book taught me a lot of things about a lifestyle I was entirely unfamiliar with, and I thoroughly enjoyed the adventures and characters Forsythia met along her journey to find her own true path. Anna’s straightforward writing style was perfect for this tale, and I’m going to be looking for more such books from her in the future. A sequel to Anna and Jacob’s story would be nice, too.

On a fun note, there are some drawings and excerpts from Forsythia’s journal included in the back of the book, and they added a very nice touch, indeed. Well done!

If you are looking for a book a bit different from the usual, Watermelon Summer might be just the ticket. And look at that fabulous cover! What could say love and summer better? 

Watermelon Summer

If you decide to place an order with amazon, clicking through from my links will give me credit.  If you are enjoying  my reviews on Bookin’ It, it’s a great way to let me know!  Thanks!

Single Post Navigation

4 thoughts on “Watermelon Summer by Anna Hess

  1. Thank you so much for the on-blog review! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂


    • You are very welcome, Anna. I really did like it! And I’m happy to point other readers toward it. I think it’s a book that might surprise folks, both with the adventure Forsythia is going through, and with new insights about this lifestyle, past and present. You did it! And I’m very proud of you. NOT that I ever want you to abandon your wonderful non-fiction works, either. BTW, I gave The Weekend Homesteader to my best friend and gardening pal. There are loads of fun things in there for her to think about. (For one thing, she’s hoping to keep a few chickens one day.) When she saw my copy, she was very impressed, so I made sure she had her own.

      Hope there will be a sequel for Forsythia and Jacob. Yes???


Let Us Hear From You!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Tara Sparling writes

Book Humour. A Sideways Perspective on the Bonkers Business of Books

The Daily Tales of Gregg Savage

Every day for a year, I will write a free children's story for you to share and enjoy.

Welcome to Tofino Photography

Professional Wildlife, Landscape and Seascape Photography

The Immortal Jukebox

A Blog about Music and Popular Culture

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Blog magazine for lovers of health, food, books, music, humour and life in general

Staci Troilo

Suspense, Passion...Fiction That Flutters The Heart

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


Books! Where are the great books?


at home and abroad, new bloggers, writers, photographers experiment with me - enthusiastic - persistent - encouraging

Mostly Blogging

Practical solutions and established strategies to improve your blog. Suggestions that will make a difference.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Dream-protecting author

Story Empire

Exploring the World of Fiction

D.G. Kaye Writer

Thoughts on writing, life, writing tips, live laugh love

Lemon Shark

Navigating the Uncharted Waters of Life


Hollywood Ghostwriter

Nicholas C. Rossis

Award-winning, dream-protecting author

Judith Barrow

Writer & Author

Barb Taub

Writing & Coffee. Especially coffee.


A lovers review of everything books. Come for the reviews, stay for the pictures!

Archer's Aim

The speculative fiction of P. H. Solomon

Rosie Amber

Book Reviewer, Avid Reader and Bookworm. Campaigning to link more readers to writers. People do not forget books that touch them or excite them—they recommend them.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Echoes of Life, Love and Laughter

Skye Hegyes

Mother, Author, Blogger, Creative Enthusiast

Bookin' It

So Many Books. So Little Time. Let's Review!

Callum McLaughlin

"The stories we love best do live in us forever."

The Write Stuff

"Writers Helping Writers" with Marcia Meara & Friends

Joanne Clancy

Writer of Killer Thrillers

Crime Writer Sue Coletta

Inside the mind of a crime writer

%d bloggers like this: