Fleeing her native England with her three-year-old daughter, Justine Cantrell gives herself a new name and a new life in America. In a quiet midwestern town on the shores of glittering Lake Maxinkuckee, Justine hopes to recapture the fleeting days of happiness in the long-ago summers she spent with her grandmother. And though her memories of that time are scant, Justine knows they must have shared a special bond. After all, the power of her grandmother's love has pulled her back to this haven in search of a new beginning.
But fate has other plans. The more Justine gets to know the small town and its people, the more she realizes that her grandmother had her own devastating secrets—secrets that will soon threaten Justine just as surely as her own dark memories.
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About the Author:
Susan Lewis is the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including No Child of Mine, Don’t Let Me Go, The Truth About You, Never Say Goodbye, Behind Closed Doors, No Place to Hide. Having resided in France and the United States for many years, she now lives in the rural county of Gloucestershire, England.
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I really enjoyed this book. I am going to try and give it a thorough review without giving out too many details to give away the story. The synopsis doesn't give much of the storyline to the reader and usually I don't read many books like this. I was hooked from the beginning. The author introduces us to Justine and her daughter Lula as they are starting a fresh new life in a new country away from the rest of their family. Then we take a trip down memory lane (18 years before) to learn about Justine and her husband and how they bought their first farmhouse and started their family.
This novel floats back and forth between the present and the past and really builds on the characters and story before you even get to the reason why Justine ran with her youngest daughter to the USA from England. We know there are dark secrets Justine is running from and hiding but there really isn't many hints to guess what happened. I kept trying to guess what happened to make her so scared to be found in this new place and just couldn't. I really liked how the author went back and forth between present and past and felt it was really well done.
This is a depressing story of tragic loss and trying to rebuild a happy future. I wouldn't say this is a light read at all and be prepared for some harsh language and a very hard situations that will tug on your heart strings and emotions. The character development is very good and I felt I was really getting to know all the different characters in the story.
This is a very well written novel and I am looking forward to reading more from Susan Lewis.
I give this book a 4.5 stars out of 5.
~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received a copy of the above book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~