Terri Miller is recruited by Frank Cordell to advocate for Michigan’s homeless. She’s homeless herself, so she possesses the qualifications. She also harbors a secret. If discovered, that secret will taint the very shelters Frank is charged with establishing statewide.
Self-imposed penance for past sins takes her on the road every summer. Shoe leather is her mode of transportation. Along this incredible journey, she’s caught up with Iris Cordell, Frank’s daughter, who idolizes Terri’s lifestyle. She saves the life of a car-accident victim, then befriends his teenage son, Yates Strand. When she contracts AIDS from a homeless woman, she meets Eddie Gaven.
Frank, Iris, and Yates prod her for her secret. But it’s Eddie with whom Terri shares a clue. It’s Eddie who will write her epilogue.
In Summers Only, Terri Miller touches the lives of those she meets. But can her lasting impression hope to support a bridge to personal redemption?
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The charm was specifically designed to represent the journey undertaken in this novel.
The document below with the fabulous penmanship is an ordinance written in 1871. The city of Springfield (Ohio, in actuality) provided a mechanism to provide relief and financial assistance to the "out-door poor." Today, governments still realize a responsibility for all segments of society and set aside funding. The terminology changed. Today, we use the word, "homeless."
The historical term, "out-door poor," and the ordinance itself were worked into the storyline for Summers Only. In the novel, the city of Springfield is in Michigan.