The past has come knocking on Julia's door. Can she summon the courage to answer betrayal with love?
Julia’s best friend, Marney, broke up her parents' marriage years ago. Now Marney shows up at her Manhattan apartment, asking the impossible—come home to Edisto Island to care for the half-sisters and half-brother she has never known. Marney, recently widowed, has lung cancer. There's no other family to care for the children while she’s in the hospital following surgery.
Julia loathes Marney. But if she doesn’t step in, her own mother—who has never gotten over the divorce—will be called upon to take care of the children. So she heads to South Carolina to keep the peace.
On Edisto, she begins to reconnect with the place and the people and she’s been running from her whole adult life. There’s the local doctor who once stole a kiss from her on that very beach, and the siblings she’s never known—especially the sister with selective mutism named Etta who’s the keeper of nearly every family secret . . . including the very one that just might bind-up Julia’s long-since shattered heart.
This was a super-fast read for me! I didn't want to stop reading. Julia has her own life in Manhattan, a life that she has planned out, far from the pain and heartache of her childhood home. When Marney shows up asking her to come care for her children following her surgery, it seems unthinkable for Julia to agree. I just can't imagine the emotions this would cause to go through this. I appreciated the way Julia handled the situation. She learned so much about herself and others in her family as she dealt with her past. I did keep wondering as I read when we would see Julia grow spiritually. There were several times I thought that was coming but it was not present in the book.
This book was so enjoyable to read, and I recommend it to you if you are looking for a quick, easy read with a touching story.
I don't remember ever reading anything by this author, but I will look for more of her books in the future. One more thing: Isn't the cover pretty?
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