Eleanor Murray will always remember her childhood on Edisto Island, where her late father, a local shrimper, shared her passion for music. Now her memories of him are all that tempers the guilt she feels over the accident that put her sister in a wheelchair and the feelings she harbors for her sister's husband.
To help support her sister, Eleanor works at a Charleston investment firm during the day, but she escapes into her music, playing piano at a neighborhood bar. Until the night her enigmatic boss walks in and offers her a part-time job caring for his elderly aunt, Helena, back on Edisto. For Eleanor, it's a chance to revisit the place where she was her happiest and to share her love of music with grieving Helena, whose sister recently died under mysterious circumstances.
An island lush with sweetgrass and salt marshes, Edisto has been a peaceful refuge for Helena, who escaped with her sister from war-torn Hungary in 1944. The sisters were well-known on the island, where they volunteered in their church and community. But now Eleanor will finally learn the truth about their past: secrets that will help heal her relationship with her own sister and set Eleanor free....
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The beautifully drawn locale sucked me in more than the characters. I found myself planning a vacation to Charlston, wishing I could inhabit the old mansion and smell the sweetgrass. This is a great book for taking a virtual trip and steeping your senses in the coastal south. I was grateful for the dual narrators. The variation really have life to the two main characters.
Suzanne, avid reader and listener who loves a broad range of genres but, ecpecially authors,T.C. Boyle, Jodi Picoult, Barbara Kingsolver, Lionel Shriver, Sue Miller, Larry McMurty, Bryce Courteran, Lisa Gardner, Brian Haig, Richard North Patterson, Nelson Demille, Robert Tannenbaum, Sara Gruen, Kate Norton, Steig Larsen, Tana French and Gillian Flynn!! Still many more and the number of authors I enjoy continues to grow.
I am so happy I rediscovered this author! This was a beautifully narrated, richly textured and moving story! I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, plot, with suspense and a nice little touch of romance!
This was a book I never wanted to end!
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
This is a great story with an even greater mystery. The story line between two sets of sisters sets the tone of the story with a little hint of love story in the background. I love the development of the character, but missed the deeper development of the history of WWII and what could have been written in a bit more detail.
All three narrators did an outstanding job!!
Worth a credit, you will be transported into different worlds and enjoy really good writing.
I loved this tale of sister devotion, of flawed characters whose goal, whether they know it or not, is redemption from the grave mistakes they've made throughout their common and not-so-common lives. Highly recommend.
It was a great story but sometimes I felt like I was reading a Lifetime Movie. I really alternated between liking it very much to being annoyed by how syrupy sweet it was. I didn't really dislike it....
I didn't like the pressured speech of Eve. The other two were fine, though sometimes a little slow and drawn out.
This book has been lesson in life about relationships in sisters,in one self and other. It is also about love hope and about what past secrets can do in your life.
When Helana revels hers past to Elenor. The forgiveness that there is in the book
great character and narration in the book felt that you where there part of them.
I have an hour commute (each way), so I listen to at least 4-6 per month. A bad narrator will kill a book for me faster than anything
I have only gotten 4 chapters in and I am returning this book. The story sounds like it has potential but I really cannot get past the narrators cloying sing-song delivery. It is so distracting and annoying...I just cant.
The readers are wonderful, make the story come alive. This is a story mostly for women with sisters, but anyone could enjoy it. It's long, but kept my interest all the way, waiting for the secrets to be revealed. Karen White a good writer, but this is my first book by her.
Enjoyed the story.
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