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A Life of Bright Ideas: A Novel
by Sandra Kring

Published: 2012-02-07
Paperback : 448 pages
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A secret tore best friends Evelyn “Button” Peters and Winnalee Malone apart. Now, nearly a decade later, a secret brings them back together.
 
Nine years ago Button and Winnalee began recording observations in their Book of Bright Ideas, a tome they believed would solve the mystery ...
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A secret tore best friends Evelyn “Button” Peters and Winnalee Malone apart. Now, nearly a decade later, a secret brings them back together.
 
Nine years ago Button and Winnalee began recording observations in their Book of Bright Ideas, a tome they believed would solve the mystery of how to live a mistake-free life. Now it’s 1970, a time of peace, love, war, and personal heartbreak. Button’s mother is dead and her grieving father has all but abandoned his children. Quiet, thoughtful Button has traded college for a sewing job in her mother’s bridal shop to help her Aunt Verdella raise her whirlwind six-year-old brother. In Button’s free time, she writes letters to the boy she loved from afar through high school, hoping he will come to love her as more than a friend.

Then, like that magical Wisconsin summer of ’61, Button is greeted with the wild, gusty arrival of Winnalee. Now a beautiful flower child, Winnalee is everything Button is not. She’s been to Woodstock and enjoys “free love,” but their steadfast bond of friendship is tested as Button begins to notice the cracks in Winnalee’s carefree façade. And then Winnalee’s mother arrives with a surprise that Button never sees coming, and the fiery determination to put things right in both families once and for all.
 
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  "A Life of Bright Ideas"by BetteBerger (see profile) 09/13/12

Friendship saga of growing up and facing loss, guilt, loyalty, family, career, and personal issues. There were some very powerful themes developed in insightful ways. The characters grew and developed... (read more)

 
  "A Life of Bright Ideas"by salemke (see profile) 09/13/12

I like the first Bright Ideas book better, but this book takes place nine years later. Things have changed and so have the characters. I guess I didn't want Button and Winnalee to grow up! There are many... (read more)

 
  "the life of bright ideas"by Sherrit (see profile) 09/13/12

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