The New York Times bestselling author of the Tradd Street novels explores a Southern family’s buried history, which will change the life of the woman who unearths it, secret by shattering secret.
Two years after the death of her husband, Merritt Heyward receives unexpected news—Cal’s family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by his reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt.
In Beaufort, the secrets of Cal’s unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now Merritt’s, will change and define her as she navigates her new life—a life complicated by the arrival of her too young stepmother and ten-year-old half brother.
Soon, in this house of strangers, Merritt is forced into unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the Lowcountry.
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Suffocated by misery
I wish I could have my money back! This book is so predictable you can see the plot lines a mile away. Why so many people stay in oppressive ruts is beyond me. Generation after generation passing along misery, duty over happiness. I didn’t like any of the stereotypical characters except for Owen and even he was predictable. How this got so many positive reviews is beyond me.
The sound of Glass
I loved this as I have every book Karen has written. She tells stories like no one else.
I'm sorry this book ended.....
....finally🙄. That being said, I really enjoyed this book. Although it wasn't a genre that I usually (ever) read, it was heartwarming, real, great characters and a story of the life of people, sometimes joyful, sad and scary. It was, at the heart, a story of abused women and the men behind the abuse. It made me re-think the mother that I had, who had withstood the abuse for years and turned into the hardened, bitter woman who ignored her own little girl and never offered words or gestures of comfort to her after her beatings.