Title – Secrets of Spring
Authors – Julie Solano & Tracy Justice
Publication Date – March 26, 2018
Series – Seasons of Jefferson #3
Secrets! They’re all I’ve ever known. Since the night I witnessed the unthinkable, I’ve been forced to live with a hidden identity. For our safety, we were tucked away in a rural, mountain community in Northern California. For me, the tradeoff was bitter. Friendships were torn apart. One young playmate would never be seen again and the other would become a forbidden acquaintance.
As the years passed, our new lives were rebuilt from the ashes of destruction we’d left behind. For most of my adolescence, my only safe outlets were school and sports. They were where I spent all my time. I became a scholar student and an all-around athlete who surrounded myself with a tiny circle of my most trusted friends. Friends who would make living in Jefferson County adventurous, exciting, and unforgettable.
Time passed and my attention shifted beyond my small circle to the All-American, baseball star, Ty Connelly. He caught my eye and made me forget who I used to be. My guard dropped. I became careless, defying the rules set in place for my family’s safety. To me, he was worth the risk. He was the one person who had the power to turn my nightmares into dreams. Dreams of a future where living was possible again and secrets could be forgotten. Or could they? Find out in the exciting conclusion of the Seasons of Jefferson trilogy, Secrets of Spring.
I’ve literally waited years for this book, and oh man did it deliver! Secrets of Spring was mysterious and intriguing, while still staying absolutely true to the navigation of young adulthood. Julie Solano and Tracy Justice raised awareness about peer pressure and social media outreach wrapped in a beautiful bow of romance, friendship, and the bonds we create in our everyday lives.
We see glimpses of the aftermath of Dead of Winter from everyone, but Secrets of Spring is truly Jenna’s journey, and it’s definitely a wild ride. I never could have imagined the background that her and her family endured which left me taken by surprise on more than one occasion. I loved getting to see the world through her innocent eyes and watching her navigate the weight of her decisions. Furthermore, these two authors have a knack for introducing a sense of realness into their books, and they did this again in a very personal way. Jenna has been told that she can’t have any social media, yet ends up creating a secret profile anyway. The peer pressure and desire she felt to conform hit my heart so hard, especially as a mom to a little girl. That authenticity and awareness of real-life issues is one of my favorite things about this duo so I was extremely glad to see it happening again in Secrets of Spring.
Though there is a bit of romance to warm your heart, I’d say it’s definitely not the main component to this Seasons of Jefferson novel. However, I have no doubt that readers will love Ty and swoon over their moments together. He was charming and sweet, while also being supportive and protective over his friendship with Jenna. It made me smile on more than one occasion to see their relationship evolve and grow, while also maintaining their own independent lives and interests.
Secrets of Spring had me surprised at every turn, made my heart race, and left me drooling for more from this dynamic duo. I wholeheartedly believe that Julie Solano and Tracy Justice are the very epitome of what the Young Adult genre should be about. They are oddly in tune with what fears, hopes, and feelings teenagers are facing these days, which brings a real authentic feel to their stories, ultimately leading to a instant connection with the characters. If you haven’t started this trilogy yet, I implore every reader to jump in and buckle up because it’s one heck of a ride that you’ll never want to end!
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Don’t Miss the Others in the Series!
When Fall Breaks (Seasons of Jefferson #1)
Dead of Winter (Seasons of Jefferson #2)