Twelve-year-old BFF’s Ginnie and Tillie, want to be sisters. Tillie’s divorced mom plus Ginnie’s widowed dad could equal a lifetime of round-the-clock girl talk and slumber parties. Too bad Dad vowed to never marry again. Ginnie and Tillie form a secret club. They come up with the perfect mission to change his mind: ‘Operation Secret Sisters’.
Before long, Tillie seems happier about gaining a dad than a sister. Ginnie suspects Tillie has turned ‘Operation Secret Sisters’ into a scam called ‘Operation Steal My Dad.’ Things get more complicated when Ginnie stumbles across her real mom’s hidden journals. Ginnie can finally get to know the mother she doesn’t remember and Dad doesn’t talk about.
When Dad discovers she has the journals, he takes them away. Ginnie needs to figure out what the big mystery is before her relationship with her father and her best friend are ruined forever.
Ginnie and her dad walked together down the lane a few more yards before he spoke again. For someone who wants to ‘make this quick’, you sure are taking your sweet time.
“Correct me if I’m wrong, but there seemed to be a lot of activities planned this week where both Miss Amanda and Tillie were involved … and me.”
She avoided Dad’s eyes and stared at the alfalfa growing on the other side of the brook.
“I’ll take your silence as that was the intention.”
Ginnie swallowed, but didn’t answer.
Tillie’s gonna freak if he messes up our plans.
“You seemed happy that Amanda and I started talking more.” Dad looked her straight in the eye.
“Yes?” Ginnie’s gaze dropped to his cowboy boots.
“Which is it? Kinda or yes?”
He shook his head like he was trying to clear an Etch-A-Sketch. “Care to expound on your answer?”
“Do I have to?”
“I’d appreciate it.”
Ginnie’s heart beat quicker.
Her thoughts tumbled in her head, making no sense at all. She glanced at him. He had on his ‘patient’ face. He’d wait however long it took for her to explain.
Explain what? That she had wanted a sister—and then she didn’t—and now she did again?
That seeing her dad and her best friend’s mom crushing on each other didn’t feel like she thought it would? That the only mom she ever knew was getting married and would probably be around even less than she already was?
She let out a sigh, shrugged, and then turned away from him. Getting a sister is getting too complicated.
He snapped his fingers. “I get it now.”
She jerked her head toward him. “Get what?”
“What happened.” He nodded faster. “I get it now.”
“What are you talking about?” Her throat went dry.
“Your little scheme to get a new mom. Too much reality when I went along with it.”
Ginnie’s mouth dropped opened. “Huh?”
His eyes danced. She was sure he no longer saw her as he continued to nod. “That’s it.”
She stepped back. “A new mom? Are you crazy?” Ginnie’s hands flew to her hips. “I don’t need a mom, I. Have. Vi.”
Ginnie whirled away from him, anger and disbelief exploding as quickly as the baking soda and vinegar in her science project volcano. “I don’t want a new mom, I want my mom.”
When Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events. Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy
the journey that is her life.
She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, an adorable granddaughter, a son-in-law, three cats, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of several books and plans to write many more. You can find more about Monique and her works at:
Monique Bucheger (author of The Ginnie West Adventure Books)