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AN IMAGINATIVE NOVEL OF FAMILY, MUSIC, AND SECRETS—SET AGAINST THE DAZZLING SPIRIT OF 1970S CALIFORNIA

For Jackie Pierce, everything changed the summer of 1979, when she spent three months of infinite freedom at her bohemian uncle's sprawling estate on the California coast. As musicians, artists, and free spirits gathered at The Sandcastle for the season in pursuit of inspiration and communal living, Jackie and her cousin Willa fell into a fast friendship, testing their limits along the rocky beach and in the wild woods... until the summer abruptly ended in tragedy, and Willa silently slipped away into the night.

Twenty years later, Jackie unexpectedly inherits The Sandcastle and returns to the iconic estate for a short visit to ready it for sale. But she reluctantly extends her stay when she learns that, before her death, her estranged aunt had promised an up-and-coming producer he could record a tribute album to her late uncle at the property's studio. As her musical guests bring the place to life again with their sun-drenched beach days and late-night bonfires, Jackie begins to notice startling parallels to that summer long ago. And when a piece of the past resurfaces and sparks new questions about Willa's disappearance, Jackie must discover if the dark secret she's kept ever since is even the truth at all.

©2021 Amy Mason Doan (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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I've listened to and read five books this summer. This is the only one I would recommend. I found it easy and satisfying, I was a 70's girl so I enjoyed the references of the era. The author took time to develop the nuances of the main characters and the twists and turns throughout the story line kept me interested. Several hours after I finished the book, I told my husband that I was sad it was over.

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Slower and younger read

Compared to DAISY JONES because it centers around music and the same era; however, this book takes awhile to unfold and the nuances of the characters and plot weren’t super compelling. A slower summer read. A mood. It also feels more appropriate for younger readers, new adult maybe. I’ve got 3 hours left and don’t think I’ll be finishing it.