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“Dear Dad, I know you don’t remember me too well, but I’m sixteen now…”

Hello Loved Ones, a novel by Tammy Letherer

$12.99 in select local bookstores and on $3.99 for Kindle.

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It’s 1968 in Holland, Michigan, and Sally Van Sloeten wants to know why her father doesn’t love her. Her mother, sister, and brother call her dad a deadbeat and never want to see him again, but Sally vows to find him in time for a Father/Daughter banquet, even if it means running away with a gas station attendant named Cash. She doesn’t care that her brother Lenny was arrested for breaking Cash’s nose. She won’t let Lenny’s explosive temper stand in her way, and she’s too preoccupied to wonder what has him so angry. All she knows is that she has to be like the other girls, whether it’s at the banquet or in the front seat of Cash’s car. But as Sally realizes her dream, her mother reveals a painful secret that sends her spinning out of control.

A coming-of-age story reminiscent of works by Anne Tyler and Elizabeth Strout, Hello Loved Ones takes readers on an emotional journey as each of the Van Sloetens struggles to define family ties, and to answer: Is love determined by blood or by choice? And what responsibility do we have to the life we create?

Reader Reviews:

“What a satisfying novel, on every level…Chapters focus on different characters in the family, giving you different perspectives on the situation they all face. Just when you think you totally agree with one character, another comes along and changes your view, sometimes subtly, sometimes turning everything on its head. There’s a realism to the whole novel and the emotions are so genuine. Quite a feat for a book that’s also such an addicting read. I heartily recommend it.”  - L.P.

“I stayed up til 1:30 a.m. finishing the book, as I couldn’t put it down! I NEVER stay up that late!! I loved the story. It was such a good study of “the human condition” and made me feel so many feelings, but most of all compassion. I was amazed at how well you were able to convey the characters’ inner dialogue and how important other people’s impressions and judgments were in influencing how these folks spoke and acted.” -C.H.