Olivia Miller is pretty sure she’d win the high school senior award “Most Likely to Never Figure Out What They Want To Do With Their Life”. Her critical father and neglectful mother have contributed to her anxiety and lack of direction about her future. She’s a model student with a big heart for community service, but her dad has belittled any ambition she ever had in pursuing something she’s interested in. College is a definite, but where should she go, and what should she major in?
But there’s a new guy at school, Cameron McClain, who becomes a fabulous distraction. He is positively swoon-worthy, and not just because he’s a gorgeous romantic who plays the guitar. He’s also thoughtful and respectful, providing some much-needed acceptance and encouragement for Olivia. He fits right in with Olivia’s circle of friends: future fashion designer Lyla, photographer Kate, and all-around popular Josh.
This story is about Olivia’s journey in learning to think for herself, set personal boundaries, and overcome limitations imposed by her overbearing parents, all while trying to set a good example for her younger sister, Emma, who is watching and learning from her. Thankfully, Olivia’s boss and mentor, Mrs. K, is looking out for her, offering guidance in life and Christian faith.
Will she ever be able to get her dad’s judgmental comments out of her head? Most of all, she can’t wait to get away from home!
Olivia Miller is off to college at NHU with her boyfriend, Cameron McClain. She’s looking forward to having freedom from her parents. But now that they’re in a new place and around new people, will Olivia turn out to be one of those clingy, possessive girlfriends? Will she be able to find her own way?
College is a time for figuring out who you want to be, what you want to do, but as she tries to adjust to the unfamiliar environment, she realizes she’s led a pretty sheltered life. Embracing the college culture isn’t as easy as she expected it to be. It doesn't help that sometimes things—and people—aren't what they seem, especially her roommate.
When things get difficult and confusing, Olivia retreats back into her pre-college insecurities and loses her perspective. At her worst, things spin out of control, and she messes up something that's really important to her. What's it going to take to pull her out of the dark place she finds herself in? Thankfully her former boss and mentor, Mrs. K, helps her figure some things out for herself.
Now, is it too late, or can she recover what she's lost? While she’s still trying to work all that out, she gets a frantic call from her sister, Emma, who’s upset about their mom. Will Olivia’s newfound, yet fragile, confidence be of any help? Can she continue to build on her Christian faith, and will she ever work up the nerve to confront her father’s critical attitudes and anger problems?
Olivia Miller is back home in the small town of Leeville, TX for the summer of 1992. Freshman year of college ended on a great note, and she’s looking forward to an easy summer hanging out with her boyfriend Cameron and their friends. She has newfound confidence in her choice of sociology as her major. Now she just needs to tell her dad about it and hopes that he’ll respect the boundaries she recently set in their relationship.
A temporary bookkeeping job at Snyder Architecture gives her a taste of working “in the real world”. Certain aspects of the job weren’t being done right by the person she’s filling in for, and she tries to find a way to address the problems without making enemies.
Though her relationship with Cameron is stronger than ever, their summer takes an unexpected turn, testing their faith and future—individually and as a couple. Will their plans for the future be derailed?