New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry delivers a novel that explores the power of lasting love through the connected stories of two women from opposite sides of the sea.
Twenty-seven-year-old Kara Larson is bogged down in the stress of planning her elaborate wedding to a professional golfer. Still, to fulfill the requirements of the Palmetto Pointe Junior Society, she makes time in her busy schedule to visit an elderly woman at a nursing home facility. Soon she finds herself mesmerized by the singsong Irish lilt of ninety-six-year-old Maeve Mahoney as Maeve recounts the rambling story of her first love back in Ireland. Or, Kara begins to wonder, is she really retelling an ancient tale of myth and legend? Waiting for the story to unfold in bits and pieces, and trying to discern the underlying truth, Kara is drawn in—and driven to remember her own first love: childhood neighbor Jack Sullivan. Gradually she realizes that before she embarks on her new life, she must find out how her own story—with Jack—will end.
“About all the things that make us worthy as human beings—integrity, honesty, and living the life you are meant to live.…A triumph!”—Dorothea Benton Frank
“A passionate, unforgettable novel of self-discovery, regret, and the illuminating power of love.”—Mary Alice Monroe
Henry's moist novel (following Where the River Runs) about true love and being true to yourself follows 27-year-old Southern belle Kara Larson on her journey to self-realization. Along the way, Kara has some major events to prepare for: her marriage to hunky 35-year-old pro golfer Peyton Ellers, whom she met through her job as a PGA tour manager, and the golf tournament she's organizing in her home town of Palmetto Pointe, South Carolina. But on top of wedding dress fittings and Palmetto Pointe Open publicity, Kara must serve community service to guarantee a place in the Palmetto Point Junior Society. So she heads to the nursing home for regular visits to Maeve Mahoney, a 96-year-old Irish lady who spins "a beautiful story of love and betrayal, full of truth." Maeve's words of wisdom help Kara realize she might not be over her childhood love Jack Sullivan, and that her true calling is photography, not golf tour management. Fans of earnest Southern women's fiction will appreciate the lessons here.
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When Light Breaks
Really makes you think about what the author is telling you. Made me cry, I related to much of it. A very touching well told story. I would recommend it to anyone .