Beth Sloan has spent the majority of her life trying to escape the memories of a difficult childhood. Born into the infamous Pritchett family of Cedar Hollow, West Virginia, she grew up hard, surrounded not only by homemade stills and corn liquor but by an impoverished family that more often than not preferred life on the wrong side of the law.
After the mysterious death of her brother, Luke, at the age of 13, 17-year-old Beth and her younger sister, Naomi, ran away from home, never to return. As the years passed, Beth suppressed the painful memories and managed to create a comfortable if troubled life with her husband, Mark, and their two children in an upscale suburb outside of Memphis, Tennessee.
But the arrival of an unwelcome letter threatens to change all that.
Against her better judgment, and at the urging of her sister, Naomi, Beth agrees to return to Cedar Hollow, to the memories she's worked so hard to forget. When old resentments and family secrets are awakened, Beth must risk everything to face the truth about what really happened to Luke that long-ago summer night.
©2013 Melinda Clayton (P)2015 Melinda Clayton
Actually, my mother and I listened to it on Audible. It was so real, we were engrossed and could not stop until finished. The characters had great depth and were believable. This tragic family situation had damaged all of them in different ways. The descriptions were vivid and we felt we were there with them. Great work.
Very easy to listen to.
Thank God, an author who is real. This series is raw, edgy, honest and believable. The characters in this series are so real you expect them to climb off the page and join you. Some are so down to earth you want them to join you for a glass of sweet tea and others so vile you want to snatch up a gun and run them off your property. Not since The Bridges of Madison County have I found myself so ensconced in a book. Reminisce of Jodi Picoult in real life situations; Melinda is as real as they come. This is a must read series and may very well change your thinking on some subjects.
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