Release Date: April 12, 2022
About The Book:
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes
Dear God. and Jesus and Mary…. Even though eleven-year old Olivia is raised in a
southern Baptist church she likes to cover all her bases when asking for a favor.
Unlike her brother Oliver, she struggles with keeping her temper and staying out of trouble. But Oliver is special in more ways than one, and in the summer of ’72 heshows Olivia that there’s magic all around us.
About The Author:
Mandy Haynes spent hours listening to outrageous tales from some of the best songwriters and storytellers in Nashville, Tennessee. She traded a stressful career as a pediatric cardiac sonographer for a happy one, and now lives in Fernandina Beach, Florida with her three dogs, and one turtle. She is a contributing writer for Amelia Islander Magazine, Amelia Island Weddings, editor of Reading Nation Magazine, author of two short story collections, Walking the Wrong Way Home, and Sharp as a Serpent’s Tooth Eva and Other Stories which was the 2021 Bonus Book of the Year for the International Pulpwood Queen and Timber Guy Book Club.
“Mandy Haynes takes me on a memory journey to the last great childhood of the South, a time when bicycles were a magic carpet that could take a child wherever she wanted to go. The joy of this novella is how easily I slip between the pages and live the adventures with Oliver and Olivia. Sibling love. Kindness. Good intentions gone awry and good deeds fraught with danger. This story echos with my past, and the past of many now homeless Southerners. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to put it down.” Carolyn Haines, USA Today bestseller, is the author of over 80 books in multiple genres
“Mandy Haynes effortlessly and brilliantly writes children, a feat at which many writers struggle and fail. In Oliver, her uniquely, lyrical voice sings the reader smack dab into this heartwarming story inhabited by Oliver and Olivia, a brother and sister whose special bond is symbiotically balanced upon the other’s abilities and perspectives. I dare you to not fall immediately in love with these characters, and fret over them as I did as they make their journey through this poignant summer from long ago.” Robert Gwaltney, author of The Cicada Tree
“A small-town story of childhood innocence, sibling admiration, blind optimism, and plenty of shenanigans, author Mandy Haynes has penned an incomparable narrator in Sissy, who tells a multifaceted story highlighting the altruistic plans of her remarkable brother, Oliver. The Southern jargon in this charming novella is character defining, the precocious mood insightful. Oliver is about bringing out the goodness in people, even if it takes a bit of magic.” Claire Fullerton, author of Little Tea
“Reading the fast paced, witty, heartwarming story of siblings Oliver and Olivia places author Mandy Haynes in the company of great Southern writers. Heck, great writers. To Kill a Mockingbird worthy, really. Scout and Boo Radley together. This novella is a joy and a lesson. Haynes perfectly captures the voices of her characters.”Grace Sammon, author of The Eves
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