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"Say 'Hello' for Me" by Frank W. Coggins is a heartwarming tale of love, loss, and second chances. Set in a small coastal town, the story revolves around three childhood friends who reunite after many years apart.

The narrative unfolds through the eyes of the protagonist, a young woman named Emily, who has recently lost her beloved grandmother. Emily inherits her grandmother's beach house, which becomes the backdrop for a pivotal summer that will change her life forever.

Coggins masterfully portrays the dynamics of friendship, seamlessly intertwining the complexities of emotions and memories. As Emily reconnects with her childhood friends, childhood bonds are reignited, and the power of friendship takes center stage. The author's portrayal of the characters' growth and self-discovery throughout the novel is both realistic and poignant.

The coastal setting is beautifully described, with vivid imagery that transports readers to the sand dunes, crashing waves, and charming small-town atmosphere. Coggins' descriptive prose showcases his ability to create a sensory experience, immersing readers in the sights, sounds, and smells of the seaside.

The plot is well-paced, with a perfect balance of light-hearted moments and heartfelt introspection. The author skillfully weaves in themes of forgiveness, acceptance, and the importance of cherishing every precious moment. The story also explores the delicate nature of love and how it evolves over time, leaving readers reflecting on their own relationships.

One of the standout features of "Say 'Hello' for Me" is the authenticity of the characters. Each character is fleshed out with their own unique quirks and flaws, making them relatable and endearing. Readers will find themselves emotionally invested in their journeys, cheering them on, and perhaps shedding a tear or two.

While the overall tone of the book is uplifting, Coggins deftly tackles the darker aspects of life, grappling with themes of grief, regret, and the consequences of past decisions. These elements add depth and complexity to the narrative, illustrating the author's ability to handle the balance between light and dark.

"Say 'Hello' for Me" is a touching and poignant ode to the power of friendship and the resilience of the human spirit. With its engaging storytelling, well-crafted characters, and evocative prose, it is a book that will tug at your heartstrings and leave a lasting impression. Whether you are a fan of contemporary fiction or simply seeking a heartwarming read, this novel is sure to captivate you from start to finish.

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Twenty years is a long time to live in anticipation. At least, Professor Pettibone thought so until the twenty years were up.

Say "Hello" for Me

By FRANK W. COGGINS

This was to be the day , but of course Professor Pettibone had no way of knowing it. He arose, as he had been doing for the previous twenty years, donned the tattered remnants of his space suit, and went out into the open. He stood erect, bronzed, magnificent, faced distant Earth, and recited:

"Good morning, bright sunshine, We're glad you are here. You make the world happy, And bring us good cheer."

It was something he had heard as a child and, isolated here on Mars, he had remembered it and used it to keep from losing his power of speech.

The ritual finished, he walked to the edge of the nearest canal, and gathered a bushel or so of dried Martian moss. He returned and began polishing the shiny exterior of the wrecked space ship. It had to really glitter if it was to be an effective beacon in guiding the rescue ship.

Professor Pettibone knew had known for years that a ship would come. It was just a matter of time, and as the years slipped by, his faith diminished not a whit.

With his task half completed, he glanced up at the sun and quickened the polishing. It was a long walk to the place the berry bushes grew, and if he arrived too late, the sun would have dried out the night's crop of fragile berries and he would wait until the morrow for nourishment... Continue reading book >>




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