A New York Times best-selling author releases her first southern novel, a Steel Magnolias-meets-Sweet Home Alabama story set on St. Simons Island.
After losing two loved ones in a devastating tornado and suffering a head injury, Tara Abbott flees to St. Simons Island, where her disorientation causes the lines between imagination and reality, past and present to blur.
There she encounters island residents Julep Burnside, Luella Ward, Sue Beth Manning, and Dell Calhoun–The Glynn Girls–who have been friends since Bible camp, forty years earlier. When Julep’s son Gavin identifies a troubled soul in need of help, can the Glynn Girls guide Tara back to herself?
This is quite possibly one of the saddest books I’ve ever read, the things that the main character, Tara experiences are extremely difficult and heart wrenching. Tara goes through the stages of grief, all while suffering from a traumatic brain injury.
The author portrays a person with a traumatic brain injury very accurately…the agitation, confusion, and disorientation. I found myself very anxious and concerned for Tara and her safety in many moments when she was dealing with this injury.
I appreciated that the romance in the story is not the main focus at all. The main theme throughout is friendship and love. The romance is beautiful and happens naturally, never feeling forced. The faith content was very good…the ever-present question of “why would God do this, or allow this to happen?” is discussed. The book also addresses the things people tend to say to those grieving the loss of loved ones and how some things are more hurtful than helpful.
The book is compared to Steel Magnolias, and I can definitely see the similarities. The Glynn Girls in the book are very similar to the ladies in the movie…a group of friends who don’t always do the right thing or get along perfectly, but when the rubber meets the road, they are there for each other, no matter what.
This was a beautiful book that was written extremely well. I don’t tend to go for “sad” books as they sometimes bring me down but the ending of this book was extremely hopeful and put a smile on my face. I highly recommend this one!
I received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.