—Young Adult (YA) Coming-of-Age Fiction—
Clean Romance Set in the Mid-Twentieth Century
“The Hetty books will make a great television series or family-friendly movie."
—Bill Camden, Veteran Hollywood Art Director
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Gentle, imaginative Hetty feels at home with her kindly parents but struggles to find her place in a new school. She takes refuge in her secret forest hideaway. When an accident forces her to rely on others, will Hetty find what it takes to grow up and fit in? And is a mysterious stranger watching over her?
"Everyone should read this book!"
Seventeen year-old Hetty is lovesick and miserable, yet not even her kindly parents know. She can’t speak about the one she loves. He'll soon marry someone else. Does she suffer from a youthful crush . . . or is it lasting love? Gentle, imaginative Hetty can fix other peoples’ problems, but can she repair the damage she's caused with her foolish promise?
“Sweet heroine’s transition into adulthood.”
Hetty or Not
In this tender love story Hetty graduates from college early to marry her beloved Morgan. But the beautiful Katrinka joins forces with a cruel elephant trainer in a scheme to win the rich, handsome Morgan for herself. Against such beauty, ambition, and cunning, does Hetty’s pure and constant love stand a chance?
"Innocence has never been so much fun."
Hetty suffers insecurity on her honeymoon. Could such a perfect man really love her? Morgan forfeited his vast inheritance to marry Hetty, but what can she offer in exchange? When a newspaper reports their marriage is illegal, Morgan’s gorgeous, conniving ex-fiancée arrives. Can Hetty unlock the secret to lasting love?
"West continues to artfully combine Hetty’s earnestly innocent charm with high drama."
Hetty on hold
West's endearing heroine . . . is threatened with the loss of all she holds dear.
Her undimmed spirit and gentle, loving nature [remind] us that love never fails . . .
West's well-pace story moves along with twists and turns, to a poignant, yet satisfying ending.
"The author's latest has all the tender charm of the others . . . lovely illustrations throughout."
It's Me, Pippa!
Ignatz, a reformed petty criminal, acts as Pippa’s surrogate father while her parents are away. Nine-year-old Pippa arranges a romance between her handicapped teacher and Ignatz, but will her good intentions compensate for her bungling? Though Pippa tackles dangers and grown-up problems with courage and imagination, can she escape the cruelty of the school bully?
"Absolutely captivating read for the whole family. Pippa is a great mix of her doting parents Hetty and Morgan Morganthal. This 9-year-old kept The Hollywood Times enthralled as we look forward to other loving, fun and engaging sequels to see how precocious Pippa will affect her world. We give West five stars."
"West deserves a place on the bookshelf alongside Nash and Milne, whose classic poetry carries timeless reflections on the universal condition of being a sensitive human being.”
Rhymes and Doodles from a Wind-up Toy
. . . Shel Silverstein-esque . . . rhyme schemes are steady, making lap reading pleasant . . .
A lighthearted collection that sometimes tackles weightier themes.”
"Wow, it's great! And it's not even stupid or anything."
Longer than Forevermore
"....an ideal bedtime book....This book’s straightforward rhythm and appealing illustrations
will likely make it a favorite of parents and young children."
"...you'll LOVE West's LONGER THAN FOREVERMORE!"
Five * * * * * Stars
Jake, Dad and the Worm
"A delight to read---fun rhymes and playful use of language.
The illustrations are AMAZING... And yes, a beautiful message too."
Jacques AND THE FORBIDDEN CHRISTMAS
The meaning of Christmas flourishes amid oppression. . . . Jacques and his family are heading to town to see the Nativity scene put up at the cathedral. But when they arrive, they discover that a soldier is standing guard and they are told that there are no religious celebrations allowed within. Inspired by his father's words, Jacques begins to sculpt his own little Nativity set.
. . . [T]he vivid historical setting and theme help to lend interest to his tale. This would be a good introduction to conversations about the history of religious persecution of all kinds.