Larkin Lanier left her hometown in South Carolina at age 18, humiliated over an event that happened in front of all her friends, wanting to start life anew.
But then nearly a decade later she learns that her mother has disappeared, and realizes that she has no choice but to return.
Her mother, Ivy, is finally discovered badly injured in the wreckage of her ancestral plantation home. No one knows why she was there, as the house had been uninhabitable since a fire many years ago that had killed her grandmother Margaret.
She is quickly taken to the hospital and remains in a coma.
Larkin is determined to find out what’s been going on in her mother’s life. Before her accident, her mother had let her know that something was amiss, but didn’t spell out what it was.
The story began nearly fifty years ago, bound by the promises of three young women who swore they would always be best friends, no matter what.
But life sometimes has a way of intervening no matter what the plan is.
I was fully pulled into this story. The writing was exquisite, the plot complicated but fully explained at the end. This is a writer who pays very close attention to each and every detail.
I don’t think I’ve ever read this author’s books in the past. But I know I will in the future.
About The Author:
Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the Tradd Street series, The Night the Lights Went Out, Flight Patterns, The Sound of Glass, A Long Time Gone, and The Time Between.
She is the coauthor of The Forgotton Room with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband near Atlanta, Georgia.