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A widowed grandmother ready to spread her wings. A 12-year-old granddaughter looking for a summertime adventure. Together, they are going to attempt the impossible.In Charleston, South Carolina, the summer of 1964, Ida Trueluck moves into her son's house after losing her beloved husband of 40 years. Living with her son's family is quite an adjustment--her daughter-in-law iA widowed grandmother ready to spread her wings. A 12-year-old granddaughter looking for a summertime adventure. Together, they are going to attempt the impossible.In Charleston, South Carolina, the summer of 1964, Ida Trueluck moves into her son's house after losing her beloved husband of 40 years. Living with her son's family is quite an adjustment--her daughter-in-law is a bit uptight--and she's trying to figure out who she is on her own. Her saving grace is her 12-year-old granddaughter Trudy. Smart and feisty, Trudy and her best friend Vel--short for Velvet, who wears all pink and is a Nancy Drew wannabee--are trying to figure out what to do on their summer vacation. When a black boy named Paris saves Trudy from being crushed by a runaway Sunbeam Bread truck, they become friends. Navigating a multi-racial friendship in 1964 is no easy thing, however. The racism they encounter inspires them on an audacious adventure: to take down the Confederate flag that flies atop the South Carolina State House. And they can't do it without the help of Trudy's grandmother, Ida.If you like funny, heart-warming southern stories, you'll love the unforgettable characters in this captivating novel by Amazon #1 bestselling author Susan Gabriel about the courage friends and family inspire in each other and the risks and rewards of trying to make the world a better place.Buy Trueluck Summer and enter 1964 Charleston today!...

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  • Marleen
    2019-01-29 12:16

    After finishing A Trueluck Summer, I realized that this book was meant more for a younger audience. Still, despite that, I've enjoyed it very much myself, being a 50-plus avid reader. Set in the South, in the 1960ies, this is the compelling story of a smart twelve year old girl, who wants to bring change to her hometown of Charleston, SC. Indeed, after being saved from a barreling truck that would have run her over, Trudy Trueluck comes to realize that circumstances in life are not the same for her savior, the young black boy, Paris. Both teens, Trudy and Paris, have the same age and they become fast friends without prejudice, and together with Trudy’s childhood friend, Velvet, and Trudy’s grandmother, Ida Trueluck, she intends to rebel against the racial discrimination that is so overwhelmingly present all around her. I leave it up to you to discover what the 4 of them are up to during that summer of 1964. What struck me the most was the purity of thoughts, and the innocence of the characters. It was very welcome and, also refreshing to observe what went on in these unspoiled young minds. I loved these kids and their grandma, and look back with some degree of nostalgia to a time when things were simpler (no internet); kids being outside all the time, being imaginative, but so much harder too, as segregation was still rampant everywhere.

  • Reva
    2019-02-15 13:22

    A book for everyone! Beautifully written story of relationships and the courage to do what is right! Although set in the 60's the story is so timely for today! The story-line is so intriguing that I wanted to stay up all night to finish. As a child of the 60's in the South, I recall the turmoil of the time. As a grandmother, I especially loved the relationship between Ida, the grandmother and Trudy, the granddaughter. The setting of Charleston, my favorite city was an added bonus!

  • Lynda Driskell
    2019-02-20 16:25

    Fabulous, Must ReadThis is a book for middle schoolers, grandparents, anyone who has an interest in the changes in the South in the mid-60's. It's poignant yet heart-warming, written from the view of a 12 yr old headstrong white girl, Trudy and her 70 yr. old grandmother, Ida, as well as Vel, Trudy's friend and Paris, the "colored" boy who saved Trudy. Susan Gabriel’s descriptive writing places you "in the story," the reader can visualize not only the setting of the story but he emotions of the characters. I couldn't put it down, read it all in one sitting!

  • Cathy Serada
    2019-02-16 17:06

    Susan Gabriel's done it again! This story of Trudy Trueluck, her friend Vel, her grandmother Ida, and the "colored" boy, Paris, whom she befriends, drew me like a moth to porch light. I couldn't put this book down. I grew up in the Midwest during the 60's and I couldn't help but compare my own childhood to that of the three friends in this book. Ms. Gabriel has a beautiful way of storytelling that draws the reader into place and time. I would recommend this book to readers of all ages, as I feel there is a message for us all in it's pages.

  • Lisa Abbott
    2019-01-25 18:09

    I really enjoyed this book. The author has done a wonderful job in making the readers feel like they are sitting with and planning the cohorts of the characters. She makes you wonder what's going to happen next in a racially divided City when children question friendships and authority to stay true to their heart. Looking forward to more great stories like this one.

  • Viviane Crystal
    2019-02-10 15:55

    Ida Trueluck, a widow, moves into her son’s home in Charleston, South Carolina, in the summer of 1964. Her husband has just died, and she’s not quite sure she’s doing the right thing but she is willing to try it for a while. The only sure thing is her love for her granddaughter, Trudy, a 12 year-old girl full of spunk, questions and smartness. Little do they know at the beginning of that summer that they are about to change history forever.1964 is the time of pre-Civil Rights Act conflict. The residents of Charleston know that change is coming but few are truly welcoming it. It’s not appreciated when a young African-American boy, Paris, saves Trudy’s life. In fact, it brings the Ku Klux Klan alive and their act appalls Trudy’s father, the Mayor of Charleston. Not only does Trudy find the Klan’s act terrible, but she is determined to continue her friendship with Paris. They also decide they need to do more to make things “right.”This then is the story of their escapade, their plan to remove the Confederate flag outside of the capital building. When reading this, one wonders if their sanity has run amok as not only is it an impossible endeavor but the implications of success are terrible to contemplate.To say more would spoil one of the most lovely coming-of-age stories this reviewer has read in a long time. Their actions are so realistically planned and carried out that the reader totally empathizes with their dream and roots for them to the very last page. They truly depict true friendship, loyalty and integrity.Susan Gabriel conveys a realistic, sensitive point of view for all the characters involved herein, clearly reflecting and paralleling the state of segregation and evolution of that belief system during the 1960s.Trueluck Summer is highly recommended historical fiction, lovely writing with thought-provoking scenes that apply to the present as well as the past!

  • T.T. Thomas
    2019-01-30 13:12

    Love and Laughter: The Genius of Author Susan GabrielIf you love the atmospheric feel of the South and seeing some of its more memorable characters come alive, author Susan Gabriel will take you to Charleston in a sentence faster and better than anyone.It’s hard to believe that a novel that takes place the year Plastic Mr. Potato Head was so popular could make me laugh as often and as big as I did, but in the hands of Gabriel, Trueluck Summer: Southern Historical Fiction did just that.Of course, anything goes in the 1964 world where Easy Bake Oven was the top toy and the number one hit was Dominique by The Singing Nuns. Aside from the pop culture items noted above (from a much longer list Gabriel put in the endnotes), 1964 saw President Johnson sign the Civil Rights Act, the average income was $6,000. per year and gas was 30 cents a gallon. This is a superb handling of a difficult time in our country and in the South, and Gabriel’s touch is firm but gentle, aware but kind and unassuming but triumphant.What I loved about this book, aside from it’s lively ambush humor, was the poetic and sweet counterpoint between the older and younger generations of people in the South for whom civil rights was as much about human courtesies, dignity and kindness as it was about equality of opportunity and access. The main protagonists of this book, 12-year old Trudy and her grandmother, Ida Trueluck, are a force to reckon with. They’re scared but they’re brave; they’re fair and they’re kind; they’re hilarious but they know when something is serious—indeed, the serious situations made for some of the best laugh-out-loud moments in the book.Trudy and her best girlfriend, Velvet Ogilvie, called Vel, make friends with a young Black boy, Paris Moses, who saves Trudy’s life. But their friendship usually has to play itself out in the cemetery or behind a row of dense bushes because mixed-race fraternizing is not only frowned upon, it’s like a clarion call of the wild to the overt and covert racists in Charleston. But the innocence and innate fairness of children has a way around things, and their friendship flourishes despite the roadblocks everyone else puts in their way. The book follows this friendship against the backdrop of a crazy idea: take down the Confederate flag at the State house in Columbia, South Carolina. They connive to talk Ida into driving them from their hometown of Charleston to the state capitol, and you can’t even imagine the kinds of thing that could go wrong with this scenario, but it’s the best part of the book!As usual, Gabriel introduces her characters in an engaging way that makes you care early and a lot. Substantial and memorable insights and observations wriggle into Gabriel’s fiction in such a benign way that you don’t even realize you’re laughing, crying or shaking your head in amazement until you’re fully in it. If anyone can recreate a 12-year old’s characterization of a Toni perm that went terribly wrong on Vel’s head, it’s Susan Gabriel.One of the best-drawn scenes was when Trudy decides to pretend she is some creepy kid’s girlfriend to keep him from telling his racist brothers about her Black friend, Paris. The subtleties of Susan Gabriel’s truths are so beautifully rendered that you will want your friends to read this book for a look inside your own heart.

  • Joanie Hinton
    2019-02-08 13:07

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I found this to be a great read. I fell in love with the characters of 12 yr. old Trudy and her grandmother Ida.The setting in the south during the Civil Rights Movement is well written and explains the story in language thatis easy to follow and understand, and to "picture" what if fully happening in the story. I highly recommend this to everyone.

  • Sherry
    2019-02-15 18:20

    Susan Gabriel did it again! She created a book full of characters I fell in love with. I love the alternating person narrative as it gives a perspective from two different points of view. One from a 72 year old grandmother and one from a 12 year old granddaughter. The book tackles the tough times of the 60's. If you haven't read any of Ms. Gabriel's books yet, it's high time you pick one up!

  • Sue Seligman
    2019-02-07 11:10

    Trueluck Summer by Susan Gabriel follows the adventures of an interesting group of individuals during the summer of 1964 in Charleston, South Carolina. Plucky twelve year old Trudy Trueluck, her grandmother Ida, her bookworm best friend Velvet Olgilvie, and a new friend, twelve year old Paris Moses, a black boy who saves Trudy from certain death in front of a bread truck, embark on a summer of adventure and crusade for civil rights. The children learn that maintaining an interracial friendship during the early 1960s is not easy when one of them is the mayor's daughter and the "old guard" of ideas is still the prevalent feeling of most white people. As a matter of fact, having a black friend is downright dangerous. Trudy and her friends feel inclined to do something to stand up what for what is right, to stand up for their friend, Paris, and they seek help from Ida in a plan to take down the Confederate flag from the State House. The implementation of their plan and the repercussions result in challenges and events that no one could have predicted, but strengthened the bond among the children and the grandmother that would endure for years to come.This was a quick read, and in light of the present climate in our country, an important subject to consider. I definitely recommend this book to fans of southern literature. Although not as somber as many books dealing with racism can be, this novel can lend itself to some interesting discussions. Even some mature teens may enjoy this novel.

  • Mary Jane Weddle
    2019-02-05 11:15

    I really enjoyed this book about the Trueluck family. It centers around the relationship between Ida and her grand-daughter, Trudy. Ida has moved in with her son, daughter-in-law and her grandchildren. Trudy is saved from a Sunbeam Bread truck by Paris, a black boy who had a desire to see the Confederate flag removed from the capital building in Colombia, SC. Trudy and Paris become friends even though that relationship is discouraged in the 1960s.

  • Sandy Holmes
    2019-02-12 14:00

    I really enjoyed this book. I love a "coming of age" story, especially set in the south. Also, this was set in 1964, which ended my freshman year of high school so I can relate both to Trudy, the 12 year old, and her grandmother who is close to my current age. A lot of discord and change was in the air during this time in history and even though the youngsters escapades were unrealistic, you like to think it could have happened.

  • Beth
    2019-02-15 12:01

    I enjoyed Trueluck Summer. Having grown up in Houston, TX during the 1960's, I related to the feelings of the kids in the story. I laughed at the experience in the Columbia rotunda. I imagined myself at that age trying to make a difference. As a now 60+ senior citizen I could understand Ida's thoughts and feelings. As a whole, the book was heartwarming and I would recommend it to anyone, young or old. An added bonus was the 1960 memorabilia included after the book's completion.

  • Kristen Toole
    2019-01-23 12:22

    Easy but enjoyable readThis is the first time I have read a Susan Gabriel book. Enjoyed it immensely. Immediately fell in love with the main characters. Have already recommended this book to be friends if they want to read a nice book. A book that will make you think and laugh.

  • Mary
    2019-02-19 19:02

    This book really grabbed me because I was just a few years older than Trudy during the period it covers and I'm just a few years younger than Ida now. I remember when integration came to our high school in 1963, in a state I would characterize is the "northern south." All in all, a good read and very thought provoking.

  • Janet Fogarty
    2019-02-04 16:11

    This was such a nice book to read. Thoroughly enjoyed it, a good choice for my summer reading. I loved the characters and how they stood behind what they believed in. I will be reading more of Susan Gabriel's books.

  • Carol Allebach
    2019-02-04 16:14

    This book is excellent for all ages from 12 up. It is a great reminder of how far we have come and how much more we need to do for equal rights. Loving our fellow human beings is one of our greatest calls in life.

  • Ann
    2019-01-27 12:11

    Great summer story about the Charleston in the midst of a Civil Rights summer.

  • Karen Trosterud
    2019-01-22 16:09

    I just love loved this book!! The characters were heartfelt and sensitive !!! Wonderful book:)

  • Judith D. Stanford
    2019-02-07 14:05

    Excellent writing, unforgettable charactersI loved this book. It brought to mind my all-time favorite, "To Kill A Mockingbird" and brought the '60's alive for me again.

  • Kirsten
    2019-01-28 19:25

    Fun readThe story felt forced at times, setting/era forced. Characters likable and funny at times. Rings true in our world now...don't be afraid to stand for what you believe.

  • Judith Golderer
    2019-02-13 18:02

    Very good novel set in the sixties about a brave young girl in Charleston who sets out to do something about the quiet racism there.

  • Rosie
    2019-01-21 11:06

    Loved it! Quick easy and enjoyable! :)

  • Cathy Forester
    2019-02-09 12:10

    I read Temple Secrets earlier this week and just finished Trueluck Summer. No disappointments. Wonderful books.

  • Marci
    2019-01-26 16:06

    Love reading stories based in the South esp. in Charleston. I adored the characters as well as the history lesson which is very relevant today.

  • Anne Scherer
    2019-02-03 14:14

    Funny exciting tenderGood read

  • Roted1
    2019-01-29 18:55

    WOW what a book. Even though it is written about what was going on in the southern states in the late 1950's, unfortunately it still exists. I have read several books by this fantastic writer, and thought each one was the best, until I read the next one. I haven't finished "Trueluck Summer" yet. I just don't want to rush the end, because then it will be over, but on the other hand, I can't wait to find out what happens. It is truly a book worth reading and then look forward for her next book. Great job Susan Gabriel....this historical fiction really shows what it was like in that time period.....and how much has not changed. Thank You!

  • Chris Peters
    2019-02-04 18:00

    LOVED THIS BOOK! so you're probably not supposed to call in sick to work because you started abook and couldn't put it down, but I did it anyway! I won't give anything away, just suffice to saythat Susan Gabriel's writing draws you into the story and I found myself feeling like I was a part ofthat story. I am a grandmother and I lived through those times, so maybe that is why I felt a partof it. Don't pass this one by!

  • Melissa
    2019-02-06 13:56

    Good read - I recommend.

  • Kathy Jackson
    2019-02-14 13:15

    Wonderful book!This is a wonderful story that is so relevant at this time! It gives people the courage to stand up for what they believe in and that we are all more alike than different. A book that tells us that love is better than hate!