Brooke O’Connor—elegant, self-possessed, and kind—has a happy marriage and a deeply loved young daughter. So her adamant refusal to have a second child confounds her husband, Sean. When Brooke’s high school boyfriend Alex—now divorced and mourning the death of his young son—unexpectedly resurfaces, Sean begins to suspect an affair.
For fifteen years Brooke has kept a shameful secret from everyone she loves. Only Alex knows the truth that drove them apart. His reappearance now threatens the life she has so carefully constructed and fortified by denial. With her marriage—and her emotional equilibrium—at stake, Brooke must confront what she has been unwilling to face for so long.
But the truth is not what Brooke believes it to be.
Lucy Ferriss’s haunting novel reveals the profound ways in which remorse over the past can not only derail lives but also—sometimes—redeem them.
This uneven novel follows a cast of vulnerable characters as they navigate lives littered with the tragic consequences of youthful mistakes. Brooke O'Connor has carried a secret for years: at the age of 17, she bore and abandoned a child behind a motel in Windermere, Conn. The act pushed her and her lover, Alex, apart; instead of going to college as she'd planned, Brooke found work at a plant nursery and married Sean, an affable Irish tenor prone to drink, while Alex went to Japan, married, and lost a son to a heart condition. Fifteen years later, Brooke and Sean have a precocious daughter and Sean is aching for another child. It's around this time that Alex reappears. They return to the scene of the crime to seek closure and, Brooke hopes, save her rocky marriage. What she and Alex stumble across back in Windermere, however, pushes the reader's suspension of disbelief to the breaking point. Ferriss (Nerves of the Heart) writes many lovely, poetic passages, but this maudlin tale, full of flawed souls flung implausibly together, relies on too many coincidences.
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The lost daughter
Well written ....kept my interest....thought provoking....