From the New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne comes a brand-new novel for fans of Debbie Macomber and Susan Wiggs. RaeAnne Thayne tells the story of an emotional homecoming that brings hope and healing to three generations of women.
The life Olivia Harper always dreamed of isn’t so dreamy these days. The 16-hour work days are unfulfilling and so are things with her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when she hears that her estranged mother, Juliet, has been seriously injured, Liv has no choice but to pack up her life and head home to beautiful Cape Sanctuary on the Northern California coast.
It’s just for a few months—that’s what Liv keeps telling herself. But the closer she gets to Cape Sanctuary, the painful memories start flooding back: Natalie, her vibrant, passionate older sister who downward-spiraled into addiction. The fights with her mother who enabled her sister at every turn. The overdose that took Natalie, leaving her now-teenaged daughter, Caitlin, an orphan.
As Liv tries to balance her own needs with those of her injured mother and an obstinate, resentful fifteen-year-old, it becomes clear that all three Harper women have been keeping heartbreaking secrets from one another. And as those secrets are revealed, Liv, Juliet, and Caitlin will see that it’s never too late—or too early—to heal family wounds and find forgiveness.
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Interesting characters and storylines
Olivia Harper has been settled in Seattle, working in information technology for pay and benefits. Her dream job of social media marketing takes her free time. Recently witnessing a horrible assault at a diner, she was feeling like a coward. She had wanted to be brave like her father, who had given his life saving others. Even though she had called 911, she had hidden from the attacker. About to face her fears and enter a coffee shop, she receives a phone call from her best friend since high school, Melody. Her excitement soon turns into worry. Olivias mother, Juliet, had fallen and was hospitalized. Olivia is upset that Caitlin, her niece being raised by Juliet, hadn’t called her. Juliet is going to need surgery. Her mother needs her but how can Caitlin return to Northern California where memories of her father and sister are. Both are buried there, and remembering brings her guilt and pain
The authors writing winds it’s way around a set of riveting characters. Caitlin and her best friend, Jake. Could they become more than friends? Jake and his father, Henry, visit Juliet in the hospital. Juliet is attracted to Henry but cherishes his friendship, and he’s eight years younger. Does Henry feel the same? And what secret is Juliet keeping? Olivia arrives in town to be with her mother. She runs into Melody’s brother, Cooper. As a teenager she had a crush on him. Cooper remembers Olivia as Little Livie, but she’s not that little girl anymore. Which way will these connections go? Could there be romance ahead? You know the answer to the answer ;-). Read the book.