I enjoy reading books set in the south and this book did not disappoint. I was not a fan of the narrator but the story line saved my review. Irony is that this book resembles some southern stories that I have heard and read about – oh, the family drama. The way the author is subtle about domestic violence is how the southerners handle it. The family secrets and dramas are all mixed together in ways. Each family has their hidden cobwebs in the closet. Eventually the cobwebs get dusted and the truth comes out.
This review is of the audio version of the book so my opinion may be biased on the narrator.
The New York Times bestselling author of A Long Time Gone now explores a Southern family’s buried history, which will change the life of the woman who unearths it, secret by shattering secret.
It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward’s husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news—Cal’s family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal’s reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt.
Charting the course of an uncertain life—and feeling guilt from her husband’s tragic death—Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where 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 new 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 Low Country.
I grew up being a voracious reader and it was a natural step to turn my interest to writing. I have published award-winning and bestselling novels including my latest release, THE SOUND OF GLASS, a multi-generational story of love, loss and mystery set deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry of Beaufort, South Carolina. THE SOUND OF GLASS, was released by New American Library, a division of Penguin Random House Publishing Group,
I write what others have termed “grit-lit”–southern women’s fiction, as well as a contemporary paranormal mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. All of my books are set in the US South, and feature a female protagonist at a crossroads in her life.
In January, 2016, THE FORGOTTEN ROOM, a collaborative novel written with New York Times bestselling authors Lauren Willig and Beatriz Williams, was published by NAL. Set in New York City, the story spans three generations of women in the same family, all of them connected by a mystery and a room at the top of a Gilded Age mansion. It debuted at #20 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, and we are hard at work on our next collaboration.
I live near Atlanta, Georgia with my husband, two children, and two of the cutest Javanese dogs, Quincy and Sophie. Readers may recognize Quincy as General Lee in the Tradd Street series.
Up next: On May 31st, FLIGHT PATTERNS, a Southern tale set in Apalachicola, Florida, and in September, SPINNING THE MOON, a double-edition of my first two books IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON and WHISPERS OF GOODBYE, reworked with a new cover. Happy reading!
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