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Today, I'm enjoying the beginnings of Fall (weather wise...and only for a few hours before work) as I bring to you a tale steeped in the carefree ways of Summer. Hey, it wasn't all that long ago. It's my second venture into this particular author's work and I must say, I'm still rather impressed. It drew me in but not so easily that it required no work on my part thus keeping me balanced in a great give and take "relationship" of sorts with the story. So, before those final rays of Summer are too far gone, or if you're simply in the mood to revisit them already, make room in your day bag for today's book of choice...
June, 2014: Cat has finally come to the end of herself. She no longer drinks. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, to the gorgeous summer community where the women she once called family still live. Despite her sins, will they welcome her again? What Cat doesn’t realize is that these women, her real father’s daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone’s need for revenge.
There are many secrets running around these pages and quite literally the apple doesn't fall that far from the tree...in this case, Cat and her Mom. Peas in a pod couldn't be more similar despite the fact that only one of them knows it...initially. Secrets have a way of coming to light and she sure does shine a spotlight on her own, but she does it with Cat's well being in mind. Now, revealing to an adult the fact that your familial connections may not be what you've always been told may seem harsh, but Cat was headed down a dangerous road. Did the revelations about her family history help? Sort of...but not as much or as soon as you would hope. Cat makes her own share of mistakes, though with dissimilar results, and winds up alienating those she loves most. Seasons change, years pass, and she tries to make amends, moving beyond her errors and her addictions. Could it be that easy? Think again. I won't go into further detail on the story itself so as not to spoil it for you, but I do want to take a step closer to our characters...
All those featured, from Cat to her Mom, Ellie to Anna, Sam to Jason, feel as though you have built an intimate connection with them by book's end. There is so much personal stuff that is waded through, so many faults admitted, and attempts made to earn forgiveness, that you can't help but feel the ups and downs of the emotional waves you've ridden. Some held true to their character (Sam and Jason), others surprised for better or worse (Ellie and Julia), but they all managed to leave their own unique mark upon your reading soul.
Overall, I'd say it's a rather curious story. I had a hard time carrying on with Cat as she and her family constantly battled their addiction to alcohol but the human side of the piece was really what moved me in the end. Everyone has something they struggle with, it's called LIFE...not easy street. This story reminds us that we all deserve second chances, and though the outcome of those given may not always be what we wanted, it doesn't make the efforts we expend doing it, any less valiant. Recommended read for Fiction fans of both Contemporary and Women's genres.
Until next time...happy reading!