Review by KT Sullivan
Cal’s widow, Merritt Heyward, inherits his family home from his grandmother, Edith. Beaufort, South Carolina seems like a foreign country to the Maine native. Parts of the house haven’t been lived in and the rest needs a good cleaning. Wind chimes hang around the house and Merritt decides they should go. Her stepmother, Loralee, and half-brother Owen arrive uninvited for an extended stay. Cal’s brother, Gibbes, shows up looking for family mementos. He’s never met Merritt and is surprised such a wonderful woman married his ogre of a brother. Merritt doesn’t want all the company or the house. She’s trying to forget her father’s desertion and her horrible marriage. The house holds many secrets, mostly the contents of Edith’s attic. She was an abused wife and the day her husband died, a plane crashed in town. A suitcase landed in her yard. She opens it, finds a letter addressed to a dead man, answers his wife, and sets off a number of different consequences.
The story is told from Merritt’s, Edith’s, and Loralee’s points of view. All of these women have known heartbreak and disappointment. Edith’s is the most interesting. How she steps out from behind a shadow and gets enfolded into another one affects so many lives. Loralee keeps a journal of her mama’s sayings and thoughts for a bittersweet reason. Merritt is swept up into too much family drama and isn’t sure what to do. The wind chimes are a constant and handmade by Edith. Sea glass can withstand pressure and crashing up on shore. The three women take that lesson to heart and live through it. Uplifting story.
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About the Author:
Karen is a New York Times bestselling author and currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—southern women’s fiction—and has also expanded her horizons into writing a bestselling mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. Her eighteenth novel, A Long Time Gone, was published in June 2014 and debuted at #24 on the New York Times list. Her next novel, The Sound of Glass, will be published in May 2015 by New American Library, a division of PenguinRandomHouse Publishing Group.
Karen hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London. When not writing, she spends her time reading, scrapbooking, dancing, and avoiding cooking. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two children, and a spoiled Havanese dog (who appears in several of her books), Quincy.
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