Dear Reader:

I’m so excited my new novel, The Clover Girls, is about to launch into the world! The novel is an ode to our forever friends and our childhood dreams, how each changes our lives and why we too often and easily let those fade. It’s about how our friends love, support and complete us.

If you have a BFF who knows more about you than anyone else in the world, The Clover Girls is the PERFECT book for you (and the perfect book to share with your best friend, be it your bestie from childhood, high school or college; your mom; your sister; your neighbor; your co-worker; your book club friends; or even that friend you want to reconnect with because they once meant so much to you).

The Clover Girls is about four very different girls who become best friends at summer camp in the 1980s until life and adulthood – as it too often does – makes them lose touch. The Clover Girls centers on forgiveness – not only of others but also ourselves – and about how our friends guide us through life’s ups and downs, and help us rediscover who we were and who we still can be. A lot of love stories have been written, but I wanted to write a love story about friendship.

The Clover Girls was inspired by the deaths of dear friends, whose losses caused me to reevaluate my own life and realize how fragile life is.

My friends ARE my life. Aren’t yours? And The Clover Girls is about the unbreakable bond we share.  I’ve been humbled by the early response to the novel from some of my (and your) favorite authors.

“Like a true friendship, The Clover Girls is a novel you will forever savor and treasure.”-New York Times Bestselling Author Mary Alice Monroe

“Reading Viola Shipman’s novels is like talking with your best friend about serious matters and wanting never to hang up the phone. The Clover Girls is her most beautiful novel yet, and her most important.”-Nancy Thayer, New York Times best-selling author

I have a plaque given to me by a friend that sums up our BFFs:

A Friend Is Someone Who Knows You Are Not Perfect But Treats You As If You Are

If you loved Firefly Lane or Sweet Magnolias, The Clover Girls will speak to your heart.

And if you are a child of the ’80s, the book will speak to your soul (Remember jelly bracelets, friendship pins, Madonna, Michael, Wham! and John Hughes movies? Remember Again!). I guarantee you won’t let anyone ‘bogart’ your copy of this book.

My novels are inspired by my grandma (Viola Shipman, my pen name, which is a tribute to her and our elders) and, like her, my novels are meant to forever inspire hope, which we need more than ever these days.

Thank you for your love and support, and for being my book BFFs.

Read on for more about The Clover Girls!

XOXO!

Viola

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