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It's been a long seventeen years since Jess last saw her grandmother or visited the family cottage set on an idyllic lake in Northern Michigan. For all that time, she's been haunted by loss - of her innocence and her ability to trust and, most of all, of a profound summer romance that might have been something more. So when her grandmother leaves the house to her, Jess summons her courage and returns to a place full of memories - and secrets.

There, she stumbles upon old letters and photographs of a time not so much forgotten as buried. As she begins to unravel the hidden histories of her mother and her grandmother, she makes a startling discovery about a tragic death that prompted her family's slow undoing. With every uneven and painful step into the past, Jess comes closer to a truth that could alter her own path - and open a door to a different future.

©2012 Nora Carroll (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Story was good. Narrator was very good. Premise was believable. I didn't like the boyfriend but I wasn't supposed to like him. There was a lot of overly descriptive conversation about the cottage. I liked this book since I never considered not finishing. But, I didn't love. Even now, as I write this, I keep thinking, this was a good book that could have been great. The ending was just abrupt. The book just needs twicking. Now you can see why I don't write reviews. I would recommend. I just don't know how strongly I would recommend.

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Good story ruined by bad narrator

I really enjoyed the story, however the nasally and monotone narration really ruined this book for me. I recommend READING this book and not listening to it.

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  • Diane H. Smith
  • 04-17-18

An unexpected delight

What a lovely book this turned out to be! At the outset, I had to force myself to continue because the narrator has that sort of US poetic voice which I tend to find unnatural and affected. As I got into the book however, I started to enjoy her reading, which was well suited to the wonderfully evocative prose.
The characters were well drawn and believable. Shades of grey, rather than the black or white which can make reading a book seem a waste of my time. The story evolves in a very subtle and fascinating way. There is a mystery at its core but not a standard one.
Thoroughly enjoyable all round!

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  • Jan
  • 09-23-18

Family Secrets

This book was a surprise , I didn't think I was going to get into it ......... 7 hours later 👀 you may need a day off or a Sunday ,I just had to find out the truth! I could really have slapped the grandmother but I guess it just how it was back in the day, some ways are better now .