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Saturdays at Sweeney’s

Never Stop Chasing Your Dreams
Ashley Farley writes books about women for women.
Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues.
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Saturdays at Sweeney’s

 

When the seafood business Lovie Sweeney established sixty years ago is destroyed by fire, she finds herself at the center of an arson investigation. What really happened that night? Is Lovie responsible for starting the fire or is her family under attack from a sworn enemy?

The loss of their family business leaves the Sweeney clan in flux. Samantha faces the challenges of rebuilding the market while her son, Jamie, on track to graduate from college in six months, must decide whether to make his permanent home in Prospect or move to Charleston where a new special someone resides. At age forty-five, Faith, who has never fully recovered from an abusive marriage, is on a quest to find her true passion? Jackie is distraught when her son, Sean, flunks out of college and struggles to find direction in his life without his twin brother to guide him. A medical diagnosis brings the sisters closer together and threatens to change family dynamics forever.

The Sweeney women remind us that it’s never too late to begin a new endeavor and to never stop chasing your dreams until you draw your last breath.

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I have enjoyed this relevant and engaging series featuring three divergently different Lowcountry sisters and their addled yet feisty mother. Ms. Farley’s insightful narrative captured their inner conflict and turmoil with sensitivity and occasional hits of amusing levity which I fully appreciated as I’ve always found it preferable to laugh than to cry. I will miss the Sweeney sisters but was more than satisfied with their swan song.

DJ

What a heartwarming book. If you have not read any of the other books in this series, the author brings you up-to-date. Truthfully I have never read a book that touched on so many issues that have, or are affecting my life. The tenderness, tough love, questioning, insecurities and support are brought up in such a way that one cannot help but place themselves right in the midst of each situation. I am sure you will also find a little of yourself in the pages of this book. Oh and by the way, keep the tissues handy! This is real life, set in a fictional story, that will open your eyes and hearts to the importance of love, understanding and support of those who surround you! Ashley is an exceptional author who draws you in from the first page! I can’t recommend this book enough!

Amazon Reviewer

Once you’ve read the first page and entered the world of the Sweeney Sisters, their families and their treasured mother, Lovie, you won’t want to stop until you’ve read the final word . . . A family that is full of complications, struggles, hurts, deeply buried secrets, addictions, bitterness and jealousy. This same family is also filled with laughter, joy, pride, fun, survival, hard work, encouragement and understanding.

Lisa

It brings the family full circle and some of the issues are what we might experience ourselves. Great life lessons! If you haven’t read this series you need to run to the store and pick it up. So good!

Leslie

Reading about the Sweeney family again was so much fun – it was like having coffee with longtime friends and catching up on old times.

Melissa

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If you enjoyed the Sweeney Sisters series, you're gonna love Palmetto Island!

Birdie Fuller’s new year is off to a bad start. Her husband has mysteriously disappeared, leaving Birdie to cope with their unmarried daughter’s unplanned pregnancy. Birdie and Hannah disagree about the baby. Birdie urges her daughter to consider abortion, but Hannah is determined to see the pregnancy to term. When Hannah returns for her last semester in college, Birdie must face her demons, the problems in her marriage that drove her husband to clean out their bank accounts and run off with another woman.

While struggling to hide her pregnancy from her roommates and ex-boyfriend, Hannah interviews for jobs that will take her and her baby far away from her mother. After graduation, with months to kill before the start of her new job, she returns to Palmetto Island for the summer to await the birth of her baby. Tension mounts between Hannah and Birdie when they move from their waterfront home to a two-bedroom apartment above a bakery. Can mother and daughter mend their relationship? Or will they be lost to each other forever?

 

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While this one may have been shorter than a traditional novel, it packed a lot of punch and set the stage in so many ways for the rest of the series.⁣
I love that her books are filled with so many realistic characters and situations. It makes the reader feel even closer to everything that unfolds. Also, she doesn't shy away from taboo topics like alcoholism, unplanned / single parent pregnancy, abortion, bullying, infidelity, etc. The best part is that she writes characters that you cannot help but fight for and these topics are discussed with tact and heart which can be difficult to pull off.
Kayleigh

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