The girls battle the Clovers a bunch of snobby rich girls lead by Holly Hudnut who demands all of the Clovers wear side ponytails. It seemed only the strongest had survived – Sweet Dreams which wouldn’t last long into the 90’s and even Sunfire would end the next year in 1989. And though it’s debatable as to wether this series or Sweet Dreams is better I’ll always have a bit of a sweet spot for First Love.
Beth is energetic and craves excitement while Sara the more introverted of the two continues a never ending project of writing her own romance novel. The Goofy Gamble – Anna Douglas – 1989 First Kiss – Put out by Ivy in 1988 this series was rather ill-timed, with First Love repackaged as Keepsake and ready to turn in, along with Crosswinds and all of the other thematic romance series since long gone – Wildfire , Wishing Star , Windswept etc. With a plethora of interesting , unique writers they offered up romance and adventure four times a month!
Blue Skies and Lollipops – Janice Harrell – 1985 166. Odd , odd batch of stories for teens that make the world of pageants seem tens times more vapid than I thought. Cool covers (which could be Australian only ) featured models in totally hip threads and a shifting backdrop that could be speckled or zebra striped! Don’t let the Christian theme spook you the stories bounce along with a fresh, felicitous tone making family the center of the stories but is also in tune enough with young readers not to forget timely subjects such as bullies , boyfriends , first love , even mysteries. The series was written by Jane Foster Thornton who, unlike some other series authors seems to have written little else for preteens or teens ( though I have been anticipating this read more than any other series that has escaped my clutches – Roots of Love , Dawn of Love , and Changes.) This cover is Bantam’s publishing concept however on sellers offer the series published by Warner. The stories carry Elizabeth from her arrival on the Johnson family farm when she is called Libby till she begins to blossom into an young woman who is then called Elizabeth, changing the plots to accommodate her age and interests. Elizabeth Gail and the Trouble at Sandhill Ranch 1980 6. Yearbook Memories Fat Glenda Offered by Seabury & Clarion & Archway and written by Lila Perl who really knows how to write! Signet Vista also took this route with Hearts & Diamonds where each story featured fresh characters at the same boarding school. All the characters went to Hammond high but where unlinked by friendship. Terrific thematic romances – never boring and always trying something new – be it a book put out with 9 short stories 105 – One for the Road , to taking it from a boys point of view or a character with a handicap ( 80’s term don’t freak out ) they managed that balance between something familiar with something exciting. Breyer has a surprise for collector club members this Christmas morning!Meet the 3 limited edition decorator horses Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. The stories are fun , interesting and above all believable, even though Glenda works two hard years to lose weight and still isn’t what you’d call skinny she must battle, double hard, with a mother who is also overweight and at times not the most sympathetic especially when sending Glenda off to pick up a big cheesecake. The characters were lively and the action though typical , fun. After creating a likable , relatable character with Glenda Waite , overweight but struggling to lose it , Lila got so many letters from fans wanting to hear more about Glenda’s diets and success, she created three more books. Being unencumbered by linking the stories the authors had the freedom to be fresh and find their own tone. It will be a surprise which one arrives for those members who ordered. I’m in love with all 3 colors and can’t decide which one I love more!