Teddi’s letter to her older sister Liza from Forget Me Not:
I’m sorry I haven’t been able to write to you sooner. This letter is going to be very difficult to get to the post office, since grandmother is watching me like a hawk. She’s stopped visiting her friends, so she can make sure I stay home. Why, you ask? Because I talked to a boy. That’s it! A boy walked me home, and it wasn’t anything romantic or even close. He was just being nice. We’re just friends. Not even friends because Grandmother put a stop to it. She doesn’t approve of him. Actually, I’m not sure you would approve of him either, but he’s a nice boy. He’s a good person. I can tell that already. Well, none of it matters because, to make matters worse, I’m getting shipped off to Miss Carrington’s next month.
I guess I should be glad for a chance to get out of this nuthouse. The thing is, I’m going to miss it. Not like I miss you or anything. I’d much rather be with you in Paris than be here. But this is my home, Liza. And what about Grandfather? I can’t just leave him here. And Ben. He doesn’t have any other friends besides me. What’s he going to do all alone? And, well, the boy I met, actually I already knew him. So do you sort of. Well, his name is Calvin. Yes, Calvin Wynne is the boy I walked home with. He didn’t even talk about any of it except for to say he doesn’t hate me. I wouldn’t blame him if he did. I just had so much fun with him. We went to the movies. I bought my own ticket, so it wasn’t a date, but it was… Well, I don’t know what to say.
I have to go now, Liza. I really really miss you, and I have so much to ask you about… mother. I know you don’t like to talk about it, but maybe one day you will. I’m getting more curious about her, and I’m forgetting her. I guess it would be a bad thing for you to write things out in print if you find them that troublesome to mention. Grandmother has been destroying the letters you’ve sent. I don’t think she’s read them. I think she would be able to tell that we’ve been going behind her back if she had. But don’t worry because…. Oh, I just thought of an idea! I’ll ask Ben to help me out. Maybe you can send your letters to his house until I start school. Don’t worry. You don’t have to talk about mother if you don’t want to yet. But I will find out one day. Anyhow, I think my plan with Ben might work. I know I shouldn’t make a federal case out of this but reading your letters is the only thing that keeps me from going bananas.
About Forget Me Not
Forget Me Not
by Allison Whitmore
Publisher: In the Stars Press
Publication Date: June 3, 2016
Genre: Historical, Romance, Young Adult
Theodora “Teddi” Donovan and Calvin Wynne have always hated each other. They didn’t have a choice after Teddi’s bootlegger father killed Calvin’s and left them both orphaned. The scandal has fueled gossip in quiet, quaint Brookhurst, New York, for over a decade. When a friendship develops between them as teenagers, they are ridiculed and shunned by the strict society that dictates life in their town. As they grow older, friendship turns into love, and Teddi and Calvin have to choose between their future and the scepter of their past. Spanning continents and decades, Forget Me Not is a coming-of-age story about truth, self-reliance, and the freeing power of love.
(The book changed publishers, so it was pulled from Amazon and will be re-listed shortly and found at that link!)
About the Author
Allison Whitmore started her first novel, Forget Me Not, one icy morning in her dorm room in Southampton, NY. After many years of teaching high school English, she came back to the novel to rewrite it. Allison comes from a family who loves history and enjoyed immersing herself in the research that brought Teddi and Calvin’s world to life. She lives in her hometown, Los Angeles, California. You can find her on Twitter @alli_whitmore and her website: allisonwhitmore.com.