By: Barbara Davis
Publication Date: 8/4/2015
My Rating: TBR
From the author of The Wishing Tide comes a stunning new novel about two summers, one journal, and the secrets that can break and open our hearts....
Pragmatic, independent Lily St. Claire has never been a beachgoer. But when her late father leaves her a small house on Hideaway Key—one neither her mother nor she knew he owned—she’s determined to visit the sleepy spit of land along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Expecting a quaint cottage, Lily instead finds a bungalow with peeling shutters and mountains of memorabilia. She also catches a glimpse of the architect who lives down the beach….
But it’s the carton of old journals in the front room that she finds most intriguing. The journals were written by her mother’s sister, an infamous beauty whose name has long been banned from the St. Claire home. The journals tell a family tale Lily has never heard, of her mother and her aunt as young girls in Tennessee and the secrets that followed them into adulthood. As she reads, Lily gains a new understanding: about her family and about herself. And she begins to open her heart—to this place, these people, and the man next door. But can she ever truly learn to trust, to believe that love is not a trap but a harbor? And is it true that hearts, even broken ones, can be forged anew?
About the Author
Barbara was born in New Jersey, and grew up in south Florida. Eventually, work led her north, to the Carolinas where she lived in Charleston for two years and then Raleigh for ten. After twelve years in the jewelry industry, she finally surrendered to the muse, leaving the business world in order to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. She now lives in Dover, New Hampshire with the love her of life, Tom, and their ginger cat, Simon, where she continues to write tales set in the gorgeous south.
When she isn't writing she is an avid reader and lover of music, a football fanatic, and a devoted Florida Gator fan. She also enjoys travel with her sweetheart, Tom, who over the years has learned much more about the craft of writing than he ever wanted to know.