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Wednesday, April 19, 2023

A Country of Their Own ~ Hope Bolinger

This is a young readers book, but can be read by anyone to enjoy this wonderful story.  Priscilla and Carter are doing community service at a Florida retirement home and not happy about it.  They find that the residence are not what they expected.  When they try to put two residents at that home together, little did they plan what the outcome would be.  Will they be able to handle the emotions of what they learn?  Are they doing the right thing?

I would recommend this book to anyone that wants a heartfelt story.  It is a book that will touch your emotions as you turn the pages.  I was so intrigued by this group of teenagers and elders that I didn't want it to end.  The story could be a true story of teens in todays world.  I really enjoyed this book it says for young adult, but pick this book up and read it, you will be amazed and touched by it. 

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About the Book

Book: A Country of Their Own

Author: Hope Bolinger

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Release date: April 4, 2023


Priscilla is an old soul. Carter can’t wait to leave Florida, a haven for the elderly.

Together they’re forced to do community service at a retirement home. But all the residents look like teenagers. Are they meant to bring together the lovable residents Scarlett and Paul—who are actually 80 years old? Or is it too late for them to find love?

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 About the Author

Hope Bolinger is a Managing & Acquisitions Editor at End Game Press and the Founder of Generation Hope Books.

More than 1400 of her works have been featured in various publications ranging from Writer’s Digest to Keys for Kids to HOOKED to Crosswalk.com.

She has worked for various publishing companies, magazines, newspapers, and literary agencies and has edited the work of authors such as Jerry B. Jenkins and Michelle Medlock Adams.

Twenty-one of her books are under contract or out now with traditional publishers, and she hopes more of her stories will find a home soon. She has also contributed to twelve other books.

 More from Hope

Can you write a book based on a photo series.

 I did. I stumbled across this photo series in my college days and it never let me go: https://digitalsynopsis.com/design/reflections-of-the-past-tom-hussey/

 It made me think about how all people, young and old, are young at heart and wise beyond their years. In the publishing industry, I have experienced a great deal of ageism. You can seldom go to a conference without someone telling you something along the lines of, “Wow. I had no idea that you were so wise. I assumed because you are young that you know nothing.”

 And I know that many of my fellow writers who are older have experienced ageism to the same degrees.

 So I wanted to write a book that would level the playing field.

 I wanted to have two teen main characters who end up good friends with two characters who are well into their 80s—who simply look like teens thanks to the funhouse mirror effects of Country Acres (a retirement home in which the 80-year-old characters are residents).

 What made the book hit even closer to home was that I wrote it right after my grandma passed away—and right as the COVID shutdown took effect in 2020.

 Grandma had played a huge role in my writing. She and I read my first book together. She owned a bookstore in which, when I was eight, I helped her to run the cash register. And she always supported me in my publishing dreams.

 I am sad that she and Grandpa passed long before they could read this. But this book also encapsulates them. That my grandma tap danced well into her eighties, and that my grandpa would ride the waves on a boogie board.

 We’re all young, we’re all wise … let’s listen to one another.


To celebrate her tour, Hope is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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