Bestselling author Viola Shipman delights with this captivating summertime escape set along the sparkling shores of Lake Michigan, where a woman searches for clues to her secretive mother's past
Devastated by the sudden death of her mother—a quiet, loving and intensely private Southern seamstress called Miss Mabel, who overflowed with pearls of Ozarks wisdom but never spoke of her own family—Sutton Douglas makes the impulsive decision to pack up and head north to the Michigan resort town where she believes she’ll find answers to the lifelong questions she’s had about not only her mother’s past but also her own place in the world.
Recalling Miss Mabel’s sewing notions that were her childhood toys, Sutton buys a collection of buttons at an estate sale from Bonnie Lyons, the imposing matriarch of the lakeside community. Propelled by a handful of trinkets left behind by her mother and glimpses into the history of the magical lakeshore town, Sutton becomes tantalized by the possibility that Bonnie is the grandmother she never knew. But is she? As Sutton cautiously befriends Bonnie and is taken into her confidence, she begins to uncover the secrets about her family that Miss Mabel so carefully hid, and about the role that Sutton herself unwittingly played in it all.
“The minute I finished The Clover Girls, I ordered copies for all my friends. It’s that good.” —Kristy Woodson Harvey, New York Times bestselling author
An Entertaining Read!
Viola Shipman always writes such heartfelt and entertaining stories that do not disappoint! This is true for his latest, The Edge of Summer.
Sutton loses her mother during the Covid Pandemic and can not carry out her wishes due to Covid restrictions. This is devastating to her. In addition, her job informs her that they have to pause her job. During this time of reflection, Sutton decides that she needs to research and discover her family history, since her mother wasn’t very forthcoming, including finding out about her Dad. She quits her job and moves to Saugatuck, Michigan. Is this the respite she needs? Will she be able to uncover her family history including the connection to the button industry? This story of family, friendship, love, loss and self discovery will have you turning the pages to find out. Perfect to add to your Summer reading TBR!
I loved all the sewing and button facts and terms at the beginning of each chapter! Such a nice touch!