Cover Reveal! Vanishing Summer by Lora Richardson

If you've been around here for any length of time, you know that I'm constantly singing the praises of author Lora Richardson and her Juniper series. Lora writes contemporary young adult novels that are so down to earth, so honest, and so heartfelt. They just speak to me. 

Lora's books contain characters that are realistic - the girls and guys that go to your school or live down the street. These are the girls that feel like they could be your friend... or could even be you. These are the boys that are sweet and approachable and give you your first kiss. Hers are characters that you can relate to, that you can feel for, and that you can pull for.

And now Lora's latest YA contemporary, Vanishing Summer, is about to release. Lora was generous enough to provide me with an advance copy and I can tell you that I loved every minute of it. I fell in love with main characters Greta and Everett and I think you will, too.

So check out the gorgeous cover for Vanishing Summer, read the synopsis, and get ready to experience Greta and Everett's story. And be sure to check back later this week when I share my review of Vanishing Summer and an interview with author Lora Richardson!

And now for that cover...

Lora Richardson
March 26, 2019

He disappeared four years ago, and I’m to blame. Now he’s back.

I call it the vanishing summer. Everett, my best friend and the first boy I ever kissed, was kidnapped; taken from right beside me. Three months later my mom died. They were both just gone. The bright, fearless spark inside me was gone, too—blown clean out.

I learned that the worst could happen at any moment and with no warning. I didn’t want to go outside anymore. I avoided the woods where Everett and I had played. I hated to let my brother and my dad out of my sight. For four years, I lived with a pounding heart and shaking hands.

But I’m sixteen now, and ready to find my way back to myself, to somehow move forward. Therapy is helping. I let one new friend into my life, and she’s helping, too. I’m trying this new thing where I act like the old me—unafraid and confident and bold. I’m doing scary things and trying not to let them scare me.

Then one night as I’m sitting outside in the dark, Everett walks through the trees and back into my life.


  1. Sounds interesting. I do like that cover with all the colors.

    1. It's a great story, Melissa - and the cover really is gorgeous!

  2. That cover is the very definition of summer!

    1. Yes! Lora told me that she'd been wanting to work with this cover designer for a long time and I can see why!

  3. Wow the cover really brings summer to life! I'm in love with the bright colors!

    1. Me, too, Ethan - and this cover really uses them well!