The scene of a childhood tragedy that forced her family to move, Seaboro, South Carolina, is the last place Catherine Leary wants to see again. But her father’s last wish to have his ashes scattered there, and his young colleague’s desire to write an article about him, conspire against Catherine. Hoping to stop her family’s secrets from being exposed, she travels to her once-beloved Lowcountry town-and embarks on a poignant trip into the past…a journey that might lead her into a new life of love, forgiveness, and self-discovery.
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade (June 5, 2007)
This was an intersting story about learning to forgive yourself. It is the story of a woman who has lived her entire life with guilt from a traumatic childhood event. I found the story touching, however, at points of the story I was just annoyed. The main characters father has passed away, she finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, her dog dies, her cheating boyfriend is under scrunity for unethical behavior at his job, and there’s a hurricane. Seriously??? I mean, come on. The father’s death and the cheating boyfriend…ok…I’ll buy into that, but than adding in the death of her dog and then just toss in a hurricane and you’ve lost me. Thankfully, the last few items didn’t occur until towards the end of the book. It’s definately not a book I’ll recommend, but this was Ms. Callahan-Henry’s first book so I would definately read another story by her to see how her writting has evloved. Her new book Driftwood Summer looks interesting. You can learn more about Ms. Callahan Henry here
My Rating: 3/5 (didn’t love it; didn’t hate it)