About the Book
Book: Sylvia’s Mother
Author: Jennifer Lynn Cary
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release date: February 26, 2023
She’s an overprotective single mother…
…He’s a former protector who can’t give up the role.
But who will guard their hearts from scheming high school matchmakers?
Eileen Avery is determined her daughter Sylvia won’t experience the
heartaches she did. Even if it means taking parenting lessons from her
mother, the dragon lady. But she is not like her mother. Not even
If only Sylvia could see that.
But she wants independence. How much is a good thing? And how much is too risky?
Besides, Sylvia is in love and needing a little freedom. It’s not
like she’s about to run away to a commune and become a hippy. However,
she is willing to try about anything to get her mom to loosen up, even
play matchmaker. Maybe if her mother had her own love life, she’d quite
trying to put Sylvia’s under a microscope.
But will it all blow up in her face?
Seth Matthews thought he’d said goodbye to Kokomo until an on-the-job
injury with the FBI changed his plans. This town holds more than his
family, and those memories had better stay buried for all concerned. But
how was he to put his honed instincts on the back burner and stop
safeguarding the ones closest to him?
He was willing to help his family with almost anything. But
pretending interest in some woman to help with his nephew’s romantic
endeavors? That was one thing he couldn’t see himself doing.
Until he realizes there was more than coincidence at play.
Forget about Women’s Lib. Return to 1972 Kokomo, Indiana for the second installment of The Weather Girls Wedding Shoppe and Venue series—Sylvia’s Mother—and
the fight for personal independence. Join Sylvia, her mother, Eileen,
and the kooky mix ups that all point to romance in this small town romp.
If you enjoyed the Weather Girls and Judy in Disguise, then this book is a must read.
You will love Sylvia’s Mother, inspired by the pop 1960s
song by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, because everyone dreams of a
second chance with a first love.
Click here to get your copy!
About the Author
Historical Christian Romance author, Jennifer Lynn Cary,
likes to say you can take the girl out of Indiana, but you can’t take
the Hoosier out of the girl. Now transplanted to the Arizona desert,
this direct descendant of Davy Crockett and her husband of forty plus
years enjoy time with family where she shares tales of her small-town
heritage and family legacies with their grandchildren. She is the author
of The Crockett Chronicles series, The Relentless series, and The Weather Girls trilogy as well as the stand-alone novel, Cheryl’s Going Home, her novella Tales of the Hob Nob Annex Café, and her split-time novels The Traveling Prayer Shawl and The Forgotten Gratitude Journal. Sylvia’s Mother is the second book of her spin-off series The Weather Girls Wedding Shoppe and Venue.
More from Jennifer
Do you remember your high school prom? The one in Sylvia’s Mother
is based on an actual prom—the Stardust Ball at Kokomo High School. I
didn’t attend it—I’d gone to the Autumn Prom, but not the Stardust Ball
in 1972, so I had to contact fellow classmates to get the scoop.
The date in the book is actually when it really occurred. And there
are a couple other real events and personalities added to this otherwise
fictional dance. It was fun to have friends tell me of their memories
and to find out what some of the nominees were doing now.
Something else I learned that made me want to write this story. I had
been researching and found an old interview by Chuck Buell who used to
be a disc jockey for WLS in Chicago. I’d always liked him so when I ran
across the interview, I wasn’t too worried about getting anything
specific—it was pretty much a stroll down memory lane.
And then he told a story about meeting up with Dr. Hook. They were
hanging out in Monterey, California on the good doctor’s houseboat when
he offered to introduce Chuck to the guy who wrote the lyrics for “Cover
of the Rolling Stone.” Turns out the guy lived a couple boats down the
marina, so they walked over and Chuck Buell met Shel Silverstein for the
Yep, the man who wrote The Giving Tree and those childhood collections of poetry—Light in the Attic, Falling Up, and Runny Babbit—got
his start writing rock and roll lyrics. Among them are “Cover of the
Rolling Stone,” “A Boy Named Sue,” and “Sylvia’s Mother.” And once I
learned that, I couldn’t help hearing his style (“voice”) in the songs
since I had taught from his books in my elementary classrooms for many
years. The thought made me smile and I had to write a story from one of
those. “Sylvia’s Mother” fit the plan for my new series, so I borrowed
I hope you will enjoy the story, even if you’ve never heard the song.
But if you do know that old pop hit, I think you will enjoy a couple
Easter egg surprises I hid along the way.
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 17
Texas Book-aholic, March 18
By The Book, March 19 (Author Interview)
Cover Lover Book Review, March 20
Locks, Hooks and Books, March 21
Sylvan Musings, March 22 (Author Interview)
deb’s Book Review, March 22
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 23
Connie’s History Classroom, March 24
Adventures of a Travelers Wife, March 25 (Author Interview)
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 26
Blogging With Carol, March 27
Pause for Tales, March 28
For Him and My Family, March 29
Beauty in the Binding, March 30 (Author Interview)
Books I’ve Read, March 30
To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon card and an eBook copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.