When Ella’s dad announces they are moving to Seattle, of all places, seventeen-year-old Ella is far from happy, and even before she gets there, she already hates the worst summer of her life. In the rain! It only gets worse when the family finally arrives—with the wrong U-Haul truck. All of... show more
When Ella’s dad announces they are moving to Seattle, of all places, seventeen-year-old Ella is far from happy, and even before she gets there, she already hates the worst summer of her life. In the rain! It only gets worse when the family finally arrives—with the wrong U-Haul truck. All of Ella’s precious belongings—gone! No Post-it Notes. No photos. No shoes. No clothes!
Now Ella really hates the worst summer of her life… but then she finds a box of thirty-year-old love letters between Martha and Frederick; she becomes best friends with her new tiny neighbor, Miss T, who loves old movie quotes; she falls in love with Hans, a very symmetric German exchange student; and the sun actually shines!
But summer ends abruptly when Ella is forced to make a decision that will change her life. Forever.
Miss Apple Pants—set in 2012 and the eighties in the sweet Seattle rain—is a celebration of life, love, friendship, motherhood, and that special bond of girls, daughters, women, and mothers across generations.
"Charlotte Roth caught my attention with the snappy chapter titles. She kept it with snappy dialogue, which I adore, unique characters, which I fell in love with, and a story filled with heartbreaking, humorous, and heartwarming moments.
It hasn't been easy for Eleanor, living with her tree hugging, 'hippie-like' parents. She's not happy when they move her from the east coast all the way to Washington state. After an exhausting cross-country drive with her parents in a U-Haul truck, they finally reach their destination, only to find the truck is filled with another family's belongings. After five days of being stranded with nothing of their own and limited funds, they finally decide to get some use out of the unclaimed contents of the truck. When they find an iron mailbox full of letters from 30 years ago, the two women in the family decide to read them. The tales of a young couple's struggles three decades earlier weave a complex and interesting pattern into this already interesting web of entertaining story line.
This first story of Ms. Roth reads like it's her tenth, with crisp, clean writing. I'm looking forward to reading more from her.
I give it 5 stars and high recommendations!"
Lori Leger, Author of Fictional Romance with a Cajun flair. Owner/Editor at Cajunflair Publishing