Volume 1 (Books 1-5) (Holly's Heart Series)
Holly Meredith loves her family, her friends, and her cuddly cat, Goofey. She has a fabulous birthday - Valentine's Day - and her mum affectionately calls her "Holly Heart." But Holly has a lot to learn about dealing with life...
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Holly Meredith loves her family, her friends, and her cuddly cat, Goofey. She has a fabulous birthday - Valentine's Day - and her mum affectionately calls her "Holly Heart." But Holly has a lot to learn about dealing with life - her crazy family, school pressures, and unpredictable relationships. Thankfully, with the help of her closest friends and her strong faith in God, Holly can survive anything!
Best Friend, Worst Enemy
Holly and her best friend, Andie, face the biggest challenge yet to their longtime loyalty. Who'd think first crushes could be so complicated?
Secret Summer Dreams
A few weeks of California sun sound dreamy, but Holly's hopes of becoming reacquainted with her dad are deflated when a family emergency threatens to keep her in Dressel Hills.
Sealed With a Kiss
Holly thinks her motives are innocent when she allows her latest pen pal to believe she's an older, published writer. After all, it's not like she's really telling a lie...or is she?
The Trouble With Weddings
Holly wants to help her mom plan the perfect wedding, but she doesn't like her mom's "boring" ideas, so Holly finds her own ways to make the day unforgettable.
A California Christmas makes an ideal escape when Holly suspects her guy friend is hiding something. Then the tables are turned, and Holly realizes she needs to give others the benefit of the doubt.
Thirteen-year-old Holly is dealing with the major concerns of every preteen and teenage girl: boys, family, and school. But with the help of her friends and her faith in God, Holly is able to survive her first boyfriend and her first breakup, a crush on her student teacher, and a new baby sister "invading" her house. Volume One includes Best Friend, Worst Enemy; Secret Summer Dreams; Sealed With a Kiss; The Trouble With Weddings; and California Crazy.
Beverly Lewis was born Beverly Marie Jones in 1949, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and grew up in the heart of 'Pennsylvania Dutch' country. She played and composed on the piano and wrote avidly from a very young age. Beverly's father was an Assemblies of God pastor, and she was raised in that denomination. However, she became fascinated with her ancestral links to the Old Order Mennonite community into which her maternal grandmother, Ada Buchwalter, had been born. Beverly's deep affinity for her Amish heritage has inspired much of her prodigious literary output - over eighty books for both children and adults.
Beverly graduated from Evangel University with a degree in Music Education, and became a schoolteacher. When her own three children were middle school age, Beverly began submitting stories to children's magazines. Her first book Mountain Bikes and Garbanzo Beans was published in 1993.
Beverly's first adult fiction, published in 1997, was the Heritage of Lancaster County trilogy, about the experiences of a young Amish woman Katie Lapp as she moves from the plain traditions of her upbringing into the modern world. Beverly has followed this award-winning bestseller with a stream of popular titles that have established her as one of our time's most beloved storytellers. Her titles include the Cul-De-Sac Kids, the Girls Only (GO!), and the Holly's Heart series for children, and the Amish based Rose, Seasons of Grace, Abram's Daughter, The Courtship of Nellie Fisher, and Annie's People series. She has received numerous awards including two Silver Angel Awards for her novels The Postcard and Annika's Secret Wish, and a Golden Book Award for The Shunning, the first volume of her Heritage of Lancaster County series.
Beverly is a member of the National League of American Pen Women as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University. She says of her leisure:
"When I'm between writing deadlines, I enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains with my husband. Cooking from scratch, playing Mozart at the piano, and making family memory albums, as well as traveling to meet my devoted readers during book tours, are some of my very favorite things. I also adore reading biographies and memoirs, as well as classic literature."
She makes her home with her husband David in Colorado. In addition to their three adult children, they have three grandchildren.