Cinda is one of my favorite books by Janet Lambert. It is the first in a series of five about a girl named Cinda Hollister. In this first book, fourteen year old Cinda sets out to help her third cousin Paula Marsh. Paula is deeply troubled by her mothers plans to re-marry and Cinda tries to persuade her to accept her new stepfather, Frederick Aldrich. As she plots and plans her strategies, she has plenty of time to enjoy beach parties and many good times with her family and friends. By selling a beloved boat and pooling their savings, the young Hollisters manage to buy their father a second-hand cabin cruiser! Paula sees their unselfishness at work and considers opening her mind and heart to those who love her.
This post was originally posted on Phyllis' Book Reviews. It appeared on 3/27/11.