I count myself super lucky to have the absolute best critique group in the world. Not only are these women great writers, but great friends as well. And today I want to shout out how happy I am for my critique buddy, Amanda Callendrier, on the release of her first novel, Camino Beach. Need a fun romp that also touches your heart to start off the summer? Look no further. Grab a copy here, slather on the sunscreen, and enjoy!
Sarah Martin had every intention of skipping her high school reunion. Once a popular girl and valedictorian, she’s now pushing forty, divorced, and running a small bookstore in Nashville—not exactly an impressive life. But Sarah’s best friend, Kristen, won’t take no for an answer, and she won’t let them return to Briley High without Roxanne, the missing third in their senior-high trio.
The beautiful and wild Roxanne—who listened to eighties rocker chicks, let anyone kiss her at parties, and dragged Sarah into plenty of trouble—disappeared just weeks before graduation. But Sarah’s not so sure she wants to track her down. She knows Roxanne’s departure was likely because of a betrayal—hers.
Along with their pal Jack, Sarah and Kristen embark on a quest in a beat-up old El Camino, once the center of their spring-break dreams, in search of Roxanne. But the road ahead is full of surprises that will force the friends to confront their pasts and consider the paths they’ve chosen—and the ones still waiting to be explored.
Amanda Callendrier was born in Nashville and currently lives in the French Alps, near the Geneva border. She attended Tulane University and Case Western Reserve University and holds an MA in English. When she is not writing books about old cars, she is teaching writing at Webster University.