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The Miracle Girls

Click here to listen to a podcast interview of Anne and May.

“Teens will identify with the characters and their struggles with family, friendship and love relationships.” — Romantic Times 

“Christine is not your cookie-cutter teen—she’s a character with emotions and thoughts that is easy to relate to. If you’re looking for a good book to curl up on the couch with, this is the one.” — Girls Life

Breaking Up is Hard to Do is a cleverly written, realistic account of the inner struggles and triumphs of a teenager… This story is relevant and a great read!” — Meredith Andrews, Christian recording artist

“Anne and May have discovered how to really connect to the younger generation in an honest and relevant way. This story is easy to enter into because it is a lot like real life—some painful moments along with sweet ones, all with the humor and humanity the draw a reader in.” — Bethany Dillon, Christian recording artist

“This offering from Dayton and Vanderbilt will appeal to a wide variety of teen readers….There are some excellent life lessons, as well as a strong theme of friendship and faith, throughout.” — Romantic Times 

“Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt have found a perfect blend of mixing in teen angst and emotional drama with a lighthearted comedic tone. Young adults will enjoy the journey and appreciate the similarities between these four fictional characters and their own lives, and those of their peers.” — Teenreads.com

“Funny, witty, and intelligent. It was a pleasure to meet this interesting mix of characters… refreshingly realistic.” — Melody Carlson, author of Diary of a Teenage Girl series

How Dolly Parton Saved My Life

“You don’t need to like country music to enjoy How Dolly Parton Saved My Life, Charlotte Connors’ Southern-fried tale of four women who launch an Atlanta catering biz. And you don’t need to go to church (if faith talk makes you nervous, wait for the nods to Gilmore Girls and The Office). But you might need a Y chromosome. Connors’ approach to women’s issues is hopeful but not sugarcoated.” –Entertainment Weekly

“Josephine Vann, a devoted wife, doting mother and former bank exec, starts a catering company in Connors’s wholesomely humorous debut. After hiring Daisy, an eccentric pastry chef who lives by the rules Dolly Parton doles out in her songs, and Cate, an interior designer in a quarter-life crisis, Josephine meets her match in Ellie Howell-Routledge, the Cordon Bleu–trained daughter of a powerful Atlanta family who uses her deep pockets to push her way into partnership with the reluctant Josephine—never knowing that Josephine is harboring a secret that involves Ellie and her husband. On the way to becoming innovative businesswomen, they tangle with a health inspector, face financial ruin, unwittingly shock the sensibilities of delicate clients, worry about their children and bemoan lost loves. Most importantly, they bond, giving the girlfriends the opportunity to show off their feistiness and strength. Think: Steel Magnolias meets the Food Network.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“The characters are rich and sweet—just like Daisy’s calorie-laden Southern recipe for S’mores cake- and the plot s a proper mix of twists and redemption…. Plenty of good fun in this sentimental Southern tale.” – Kirkus Reviews

“When in doubt, ask yourself, “What would Dolly do?” That’s the premise of this simple, light read. Author Charlotte Connors brings us a cast of relatable characters in her first work, subtitled, “A Novel of the Jelly Jar Sisterhood.” A group of Atlanta women start a catering company and find that food isn’t the only thing that’s cooking. When catty feuds and dwindling finances threaten to tank the struggling venture, it’s not a psychiatrist’s expertise that smoothes the trysts, but the tried-and-true lyrics of old country standards that lend much-needed advice.

This book gives a nod to many Southern idiosyncrasies in a soap-operatic storyline. Between going to church on Sundays, trying to maintain a decent family life during the week, and saving the world one bridal shower at a time, the women find that while they have their hands full, they must keep their hearts even fuller.”—Southern Living

The Book of Jane

“A lighthearted chick lit version of the Book of Job? Improbably, it works, primarily because of the marvelous humor and urbane sensibility that mark this third novel from the authors of Consider Lily and Emily Ever After. On a dime, New York publicist Jane Williams loses everything she holds dear—her boyfriend, her cool West Village apartment, her enviable job. To top it off, her dog gets sick, she’s released as Brownie troop leader to the daughters of Manhattan’s glitterati, and she’s got a bizarre facial rash, making Jane lament that her life is now “worse than a country music song.” Slowly, Jane comes to see God’s love and providence in new ways—”though he hides it well, God must still be in charge,” she muses—and is surprised to find herself developing romantic feelings for a Darcy-esque nemesis. Sex and the City without the sex, Dayton and Vanderbilt’s novel is a laugh-out-loud love song to New York City.” — Publisher’s Weekly

Emily Ever After

“A classic story wrapped in the sweetness and comedy of chick lit.” — Relevant Magazine

“Dayton and Vanderbilt are their own demographic: Manhattan twenty-somethings who are both cool and Christian.”— New York Daily News

“Wickedly funny, but moral at the core.”— Publisher’s Weekly

“Dayton and Vanderbilt’s charming offering will appeal to readers looking for a wholesome heroine navigating big-city life.” — Booklist

“With her relatable mistakes, questions, and regrets, Emily proves to be a refreshingly real chick lit heroine.” — Today’s Christian Woman

“Frank, witty, and funny.” — School Library Journal

“Peppered with gentle humor and edgy dialogue, the authors excel at getting under the surface to the heart of Emily’s struggles… Readers will thoroughly enjoy walking alongside this young adult woman as she learns to accept herself in a unaccepting, unsupportive environment.” — faithfulreader.com