Hartfield Chronicles follows the lives of Melinda, Pat, and their friends as they navigate their way through boarding school life. Each episode features two stories: one from Melinda’s point of view and one from Pats, along with an excerpt from Melinda’s writing journal.
Melinda loves Pat, but sometimes she wishes he had friends of his own. When he starts spending time with her dance partner, however, Melinda can’t help the feelings of jealousy that surface, especially when he starts choosing him over her. Will their relationship survive Pat’s new bromance?
When Melinda is invited to join a new dance class, she sees this as her big break, a chance to advance her skills. Before she can accept, however, another kind of break stops her in her tracks.
Pat wants to be the supportive boyfriend, but his efforts seem to be making Melinda uncomfortable. He can’t go to his own friends for advice, because they can’t understand.
After Melinda calls for another type of break, she and Pat must examine their relationship to determine whether they are meant for each other.
Melinda and Pat are both happy to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families. But when rumors of Pat and another girl appear in the celebrity gossip columns, his relationship with Melinda is tested.
When his movie finally finishes filming, Pat can’t wait to return to Hartfield to spend time with his brother. But Walter would rather pretend they’re complete strangers. At least his friend doesn’t seem to mind him hanging around.
Melinda has just about figured out how to balance her schoolwork with her new dance class and friends. She’s even found a way to spend some time with her boyfriend, Eliot. Life should be perfect, right?
Except for the fact that Eliot doesn’t like that Melinda’s best friend is a boy. Or that Melinda happens to be friends with a famous actor.
And just when Melinda thinks her life can’t get any more complicated, an unexpected kiss forces her to reexamine they way she thinks about one of her friends.
Season 1: Now available in ebook and paperback!
Lesson 1: Adjusting to a New Life
Melinda knew adjusting to high school would be difficult. But will she flunk out before she even has a chance?
Two hours away from home, Melinda quickly learns that her new boarding school is much more challenging than her public middle school. Her new friends and teacher must become her family. But Melinda never expected the assignments to be this difficult. How will she have time to make new friends if she’s constantly studying?
And then there’s the boys. For the first time in her life, boys are interested in her as more than a friend. But, will she even have a chance to have a relationship? Or will the coursework become so overwhelming that she will fail out before she has the chance?
When an old friend re-enters her life, Melinda must learn how to balance school with her social life if she wants to succeed at Hartfield.
When you finish reading Melinda’s story, flip the book over to read Pat’s story.
Patrick McGregor is one of the most recognized faces in Hollywood. But sometimes, he just wants to be a normal sixteen-year-old.
Pat thought missing the beginning of the school year to film a new movie on location in Hawaii sounded ideal. But, for the first time in his life, his family isn’t around to keep him company. A demanding film schedule and lackadaisical tutor don’t help combat the homesickness.
When a family member falls ill, Pat must examine the true meaning of family.
Want to read about how Melinda came to Hartfield?
Prequel: Now available in ebook and paperback!
Lesson 0: A New Home
How can anyone have fun living at school?
First, my parents tell me they want to send me to a private high school. Despite my protests, they insist I will find it more challenging and be less bored in class. Just as I’m warming up to the idea, they drop their bombshell.
The school is two hours away from home!
That’s right. My parents want me to live at school. I don’t want to go. But they’re not giving me a choice.
I have to leave behind my best friends to build a new life at my new school. Will I be able to build a new family? Or will homesickness get the better of me?