An emotional novel of family, friendship and forgiveness from Courtney Walsh, the New York Times bestselling author of Hometown Girl.
Lyndie St. James is thrilled that her best friend, Elle, is getting married but unprepared for the emotional storm of the wedding week and returning to her childhood summer home of Sweethaven. The idyllic cottage community harbors some of her best—and worst—memories. It’s not only the tragic death of her childhood friend Cassie that has haunted her for ten years, it’s the other secrets she’s buried that have kept her from moving on.
But Lyndie isn’t the only one with secrets.
Cassie’s mother, father and brother, still struggling with the loss, have been drifting further and further apart. And Elle herself, the last to see Cassie alive, carries an impossible burden of guilt. Now reunited, each of them has a choice: to reveal the truths of that night or continue to live in its shadow. That means embarking on a personal journey of the heart—to escape the darkness and all its regrets and to finally come to terms with the past and, especially, with each other.
This book is not a light read. Courtney did a wonderful job of making each of the characters feelings and struggled feel overwhelmingly real. I felt their sadness, confusion and brokenness.
Secrets don’t do anyone any good. I just wanted everyone to get real with each other and be who God created them to be and stop believing the lies that they should keep things bottled up.
This is a beautiful story, I couldn’t put it down, but as I said not a light story at all. These are real people with real problems.
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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.
wonderful review, Melissa!