Growing Up Neighbors
Published: November 2014
Genre: Genre Fiction/Coming of Age/Young Adult/Clean Romance
Blurb: Little Deborah Harrington stared across the street the day the Michaels family moved in. Who was this family? Would she even like them? Nicholas Michaels hated the fact he had to move away from everything and everyone in his life, but his feelings change when he meets the Harringtons. Deborah and Nicholas become the best of friends, and as the children grow up, their friendship deepens. But when tragedy strikes, will this cause them to part ways? Or will it perhaps make them realize they may have stronger feelings for one another before it’s too late?
Praise for Growing Up Neighbors
∗∗∗∗∗”What a sweet little book! It’s sort of Pride and Prejudice meets Henry and Beezus. And I understand from the author that it’s semibiographical (I hope I didn’t give anything away there) so it’s even more fascinating knowing you’re getting the inside scoop. A promising first effort from a brand-new author!” – CDesign
∗∗∗”Nicolas and Deborah become neighbors at the age of ten and eight, respectively. As they grow up through middle school, high school, and after graduation, they begin to realize their feelings for each other don’t cover the “He/She is just my friend” category. With a lot of sweet moments and confused misunderstandings that happen during the teen years, the two finally manage to reveal their feelings to each other. This book is a good, sweet, innocent romance that younger teens will sigh over and older teens will nod their heads at.” – CJ
∗∗∗∗∗”Brilliant story about the misunderstandings and the triumphs of growing up, friendship and love!!!” – Marcene
Since Frances was a young girl, she had the desire to write, but didn’t think she could write a story long enough to make a novel. Therefore, she kept putting her writing off. After she got a Kindle for Christmas one year, she started reading more than usual, and again, the urge to write her own book grew. Instead of coming up with a complete piece of fiction, she thought she would start with something easy by turning her love story into words on a page. Thus, Growing Up Neighbors was created.
Frances met her husband when she was just eight years old when he moved in across the street. They grew up together as close friends, and just like Deborah and Nicholas in the story, Frances and her husband fell in love. Though many details in Growing Up Neighbors are completely made up, the main story is, in a sense, Frances Hoelsema’s life story.