Making Memories: Georgia Evans
Creating a scrapbook of memories that will rekindle a romance that started when they were small children, author Georgia Evans pens a story between two childhood friends that take them from their elementary school years to after graduating from college. Devin Gage and Melanie Bates have been best friends for so long but dreaming about going on a road trip to Myrtle Beach something that Devin mentioned and Melanie thought would never happen. A high school dream or just a make believe dream the author takes readers on a trip along with Devin and Melanie where they each will learn more about themselves, their inner most desires and maybe realize that sometimes what is right in front of you is something you should cherish.
After four years of remaining silent about the journey Devin arrives at her house and states that it is time for them to go. With their parent’s consent and the help of their families that take the trip of a lifetime. But, this trip will spark and create more than just memories along the way for Devin and Melanie. Each will share their career goals, their feelings about the choices they made and past events that cemented their friendship. But, Devin and Melanie’s relationship is tested when he meets Roxie and she wants him all to herself. Knowing that this might be the last time these two friends can ever do something together, Melanie jumps at the chance to spend quality time with him as Roxie when they are married will surely put an end to their lifelong friendship. So, why is it when the trip starts and they are finally off does Devin ignore Roxie’s persistent phone calls and decides to ignore them?
A total gentleman and Melanie an independent soul they decide to split costs share one room and keep the entire vacation platonic. But, can they? Is he protecting her or is there more? Roxie is self-centered and self-absorbed when we do meet her or she is in any scene. She is the albatross that hangs over Melanie’s head yet she keeps her feelings to herself. Melanie tells the story in her own voice at times and we hear her innermost thoughts and feelings about her parents, Devin and her amazing Aunt Bertha. Added in we learn about Devin’s position as a corrections officer and her upcoming teaching job working with third graders. As an educator I loved the fact that she was enthusiastic about student teaching, working with her students and enjoyed planning lessons. The author’s research about the job of a corrections officer will enlighten readers about the job and the importance of having someone that is qualified, trained and respects the prisoners.
Arriving at Myrtle Beach they meet several interesting people where their friendship is really tested and Melanie has to fight her feelings for Devin. Naïve in many respects she does not realize just how she is being manipulated and how some things she believes are true are not. Shari is the first person they meet when they arrive at Myrtle Beach and she lets her intentions be known. She wants Devin. Quick to jump to conclusions Melanie actually thinks she might get him. Meet Sam and Randy their landlords and two hunky identical twins out to just have some fun. Not really wanting any girl for a permanent position and trying to befriend by Melanie and Devin sparks fly in many directions, the vacation takes on many interesting twists and turns a friendship is tested. Like a fragile spider’s web or a fragile piece of blown glass their lives start to break, their friendship might be lost and someone is playing them from two sides of a two-headed coin. Roxie is clever or so she thinks she is and what happens after Melanie and Devin give into their emotions will change everything. With Roxie’s actions and words hanging in the balance will Melanie believe what she tells her? Will she allow Devin to explain or will she take a flight home and lose her best friend forever? Friendships come in the most unlikely way and those you might think are superficial might turn out to be your best allies.
From Barton City to Mount Airy, North Carolina, to Mayberry U.S.A. to Myrtle Beach, take this journey from start to finish along with Devin and Melanie and find out whether Roxie Newcomb wins or Melanie wakes up and opens her eyes to what is right in front of her.
From Wally’s Gas Station, to Barney’s Café, Emmett’s fix it Shop and sitting at Andy’s desk visit some of our favorite places in Mayberry, learn about Ernest T. Bass and meet the amazing people that run these shops as Melanie and Devin take a trip of a lifetime. But, where would they be without Aunt Bert and her wise and astute observations and her unique gift to Melanie. Hip, cool and definitely right on the mark everyone needs an Aunt Bert. So, what is their final fate? Will this trip end in disaster? Making Memories: take some photos along with Melanie and Devin and help them create a scrapbook of memories. Characters that are believable, have flaws and are not always perfect and a story that will make you smile, frustrated and filled with humor and tears, read this uplifting story and wait until you learn what happens when the author finishes book2 of the Extended Family Series Titled: Permanent Position where we just might get to know both Sam and Randy better.
Fran Lewis: reviewer