Author Diane Munier introduces us to Finding My Thunder:
The story takes place in the late sixties. Hilly Grunier has been in love with Danny Boyd since she was a kid telling scary stories on summer nights at the fire hydrant while Danny pulled close on his bike. But when Danny is thirteen, their friendship ends when he and his brother Sukey have a vicious fight over Hilly. Years pass, and Hilly carries a secret and growing love as she watches Danny rise athletically to the top of their school’s food chain. He even dates the prom queen and rumor says they are engaged. Now Danny has graduated and shows up in her dad’s shop looking for some temporary employment until the army picks him off for Vietnam. He’s thrown aside his college scholarship and the golden girl. He seems to be searching for something new before he leaves town. He seems to be searching for her. Hilly can’t let him go overseas without showing him how she feels. But once he’s gone, her own battle intensifies. It’s a long road to finding her thunder.
Though Hilly and Danny have grown up in close proximity, they seem to have drifted apart. One watches the other from a distance. Decisions by people far away and war bring them together in an unusual way.
I love the way Diane writes. Her characters come alive and reek with life. Her scenes are dramatic, and dialog is so outstanding. Her pacing and plotting makes her stories so unforgettable.
If you like romance, if you like a true-to-life story, then you are in for an outstanding treat in this book.
I am not the only one who thinks like this. Finding My Thunder won HONORABLE MENTION for Literary Fiction, The New York Book Festival in 2015.
Finding My Thunder deserves a 5 STAR rating!
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fiction, literary fiction, Viet Nam, coming of age