Age 16 in 1984

I’m pretty sure every parent on the face of earth says it just once: “You’re so lucky; these are the best days of your life! Enjoy them!” Being a teenager. . . yeah, it’s a bucket of laughs.

So, my life? Right now it consists of school and babysitting my infant sister, Jaymie. While other kids get to go to football game, the movies, bowling, on dates, I go home right after school so I can babysit Jaymie so that Dad can work and Mom can get some sleep.

And that’s about it. I mean, I’m not complaining, right? Or. . . I guess am. I love my little sister. She’s so cute, a bundle of pink, squirming baby. She smells so good right out of the bath, I just want to smoosh her little face. And I want to help, because I’m worried about my mom, who isn’t well right now and just doesn’t have the patience for Jaymie when she’s crying, and for my dad, who always looks so worried.

But as for my life? My friends are all mad at me for not doing stuff with them, and even Delores Paget, my summer friend, who I went to ride horses with whenever I got a chance, is distracted and half the time not speaking to me. She’s hung up on Brock (I know, right? Brock Nibley? Eeuw to the max!) and there’s something else worrying her. I wish I had time to find out, but maybe it will all straighten out by the new year. Dad says nothing bad lasts forever, and he’s optimistic it’ll all work out with Mom and Jaymie and everything. He’s trying to get Mom to agree to have Grandma Leighton come stay with us for a while to help look after Jaymie. That would help so much. Trouble is, she and Mom don’t get along all the time.

But. . . maybe. I hope so. ‘Cause right now, a day in the life of Becca Leighton, age 16? Blech. Check on me in a few years.

You can read more about adult Becca in Leave It To Cleaver, the sixth book in the “Vintage Kitchen” mystery series, coming June 23, 2017.

Jaymie Leighton, planning a big event in her own life along with her sister, Becca, is distracted by the 33-year-old mystery of two missing local teens, schoolmates of Becca’s. It’s a very odd trip back in time and gives her a glimpse of her sister’s life as a teenager when Jaymie was just an infant. But some of the secrets she uncovers may have devastating repercussions in the families of her best friend in the world, Valetta Nibley, and others close to her!

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About the author
Victoria Hamilton is the pseudonym of nationally bestselling romance author Donna Lea Simpson. She now happily writes about vintage kitchen collecting, muffin baking and dead bodies for Berkley Prime Crime in the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mystery series. Besides writing about murder and mayhem, and blogging at Killer Characters, Victoria collects vintage kitchen wares and old cookbooks, as well as teapots and teacups. Victoria also writes the Teapot Collector Mysteries as Amanda Cooper!

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