Synopsis: Decades of Loss, an Unsolved Mystery,
and a Rift Spanning Three Generations
Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a blackberry thicket in 1943, ten-year old Hazel momentarily turns her back on her three-year old sister Maggie and the young girl disappears.
Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter Diane, who can’t understand her mother’s overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother’s inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghan—a cold case agent—cherishes her grandmother’s lavish attention and affection.
When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel’s painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help bothwomen recover all that’s been lost?
My Thoughts: This book was full of things that I loved…mystery, family drama, flashbacks, and a sweet romance. Kim Vogel Sawyer is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. Her writing flows really well and she has a great story telling ability.
I loved the characters…each of them were defined and developed perfectly through the story. The mystery kept me guessing and was surprising when revealed.
The romance was sweet and paced perfectly. I also liked how much faith and spiritual content was included in the story. There is a great lesson about why we go through hard times included that was something I needed to hear at the moment.
Overall, this was a beautiful story that I could see myself revisiting in the future.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.