Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The Clover Girls

It’s a pleasure to be taking part in a campaign to spread the good pub-week word for THE CLOVER GIRLS by internationally bestselling author Viola Shipman.

If you remember your childhood BFF and all the fun (and possibly trouble) you shared, then this is a perfect book for you. THE CLOVER GIRLS is an ode to friendship and dreams, as well as how each change our lives and how we too often let those friendships fade. Readers of all ages and backgrounds will love this story’s powerful, redemptive nature and the empowering message at its heart. 

Read the book that Kristy Woodson Harvey calls “a love song to long-lost friends, an ode to the summers that define us and the people who make us who we are.” 

Elizabeth, Veronica, Rachel and Emily met at Camp Birchwood as girls in 1985, where over four summers they were the Clover Girls—inseparable for those magical few weeks of freedom—until the last summer that pulled them apart. Now approaching middle age, the women are facing challenges they never imagined as teens, struggles with their marriages, their children, their careers, and wondering who it is they see when they look in the mirror. 

Then Liz, V and Rachel each receive a letter from Emily with devastating news. She implores the girls who were once her best friends to reunite at Camp Birchwood one last time, to spend a week together revisiting the dreams they’d put aside and repair the relationships they’d allowed to sour. But the women are not the same idealistic, confident girls who once ruled Camp Birchwood, and perhaps some friendships aren’t meant to last forever… 

Meet the Author: Viola Shipman/Wade Rouse

Viola Shipman and baby Wade Rouse

WADE ROUSE is the internationally bestselling author of nine books, which have been translated into nearly 20 languages. Wade chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, as a pen name to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his fiction. 

Wade’s novels include The Charm Bracelet, a 2017 Michigan Notable Book of the Year; The Hope Chest; and The Recipe Box.  

Wade’s books have been selected multiple times as Must-Reads by NBC’s Today Show, featured in the Washington PostUSA Today and on “Chelsea Lately” and have also been chosen three times as Indie Next Picks by the nation’s independent booksellers. 

His writing has appeared in a diverse range of publications and media, including Coastal LivingTimeAll Things ConsideredPeopleGood HousekeepingSalonForbesTaste of HomeCountry WomanWriter’s Digest and Publisher’s Weekly

Also, a noted humorist of four memoirs, Wade was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards in Humor (he lost to Tina Fey) and was named by Writer’s Digest as “The #2 Writer, Dead or Alive, We’d Like to Have Drinks With” (Wade was sandwiched between Ernest Hemingway and Hunter Thompson). 

Wade earned his B.A. from Drury University and his master’s in journalism from Northwestern University. He divides his time between Saugatuck, Michigan, and Palm Springs, California, and is also an acclaimed writing teacher who has mentored numerous students to become published authors. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Did this make you think about your childhood BFF? Are you still in touch with them?


  1. It did make me think of my childhood friends - one of whom I have just regained contact with - after decades apart.

  2. It is interesting how childhood friends have such an impact, isn't it? And we remember them years later, even if we haven't seen them or been in contact. This sounds like a really interesting exploration of that. Thanks, Mason.

  3. I sometimes think of the friends I lost. This sounds like a good read that explores old friendships and how life changes as we get older.


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