Glory Vigil, newly married, unexpectedly pregnant at 41, is nesting in the home she and her husband Joseph have just moved to in Santa Fe, a house that unknown to them is rumored to have a resident ghost. Their adopted daughter Juniper is home from college for Thanksgiving and in love for the very first time, quickly learning how a relationship changes everything. But Juniper has a tiny arrow lodged in her heart, a leftover shard from the day eight years earlier when her sister Casey disappeared-in a time before she'd ever met Glory and Joseph. When a fieldwork course takes Juniper to a pueblo only a few hours away, she finds herself right back in the past she thought she'd finally buried.
A love story, a family story, a story of searching and the bond between sisters, Finding Casey is a testament to human resilience.
Characters from 2010's Solomon's Oak reappear in Mapson's engaging new novel. Glory Vigil is a happily married, middle-aged mother living in Santa Fe her adopted daughter, Juniper, is home from college for Thanksgiving, and Glory is unexpectedly expecting. Though Juniper is adjusting to her first serious relationship, she still wrestles with the loss of her sister, Casey, who disappeared years before Glory and husband Joseph took Juniper in. Elsewhere in New Mexico, Laurel Smith, fearing for the safety of her sick six-year-old daughter, Aspen, has just fled the farm where a charismatic charlatan dominates his followers with threats and religious brainwashing. As Juniper struggles with coming into her own as a young woman, and Laurel considers a life beyond the strictures of the farm, their tales intertwine in startling ways, leaving all parties irrevocably changed. Mapson paints a touching portrait of parallel lives, and while readers will likely spot the twist from a ways down the road, Juniper, Glory, and Laurel's stories are nevertheless moving. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the burnished New Mexican desert, Mapson's portrait of familial ties and personal discovery shouldn't be missed.