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The Whitaker family's Connecticut mansion, Muses by the Sea, has always been a haven for artists, a hotbed of creativity, extravagances, and the occasional scandal. Art patrons for generations, the Whitakers supported strangers but drained the life out of each other. Now, after being estranged for years, four generations of Whitaker women find themselves once again at the Muses. Leo, the Whitaker matriarch, lives in the rambling mansion. She plans to stay there until she joins her husband, Wes, on the knoll overlooking the cove and meadow where they first met. Jillian is a jet-setting actress, down on her luck. She thinks selling the Muses will make life easier for her mother, Leo, by moving her into assisted living. Issy, Jillian's daughter, has a successful life as a museum exhibit designer that takes her around the world. But the Muses and her grandmother are the only family she's known, and when her sister leaves her own children with Leo, Issy knows she has to step in to help. Steph is only 12 years old and desperately needs someone to fire her imagination and bring her out of her shell. What she begins to discover at the Muses could change the course of her future.
©2017 Shelley Freydont (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"With charming, believable characters and a delightful setting, this enchanting family drama makes for a perfect beach read." ( Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Yelena Tishchenko on 04-13-18

A great read that takes you along for the ride!

To be honest, this was one of the best novels I have read in a while. It develops the characters so well, that you feel that you know them personally and are involved in the story- as any good fiction should do. With twists and turns in the plot, colorful and whimsical characters, and the historical/artistic aspect, makes this novel a definite re-read(or relisten in this case). I would definitely recommend.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Randi shelton on 06-22-17

A new author for me who I will read again!

As the headline says, this is a new author for me. I thorughly enjoyed this book and have added the other two books on audible to my wishlist. The story is well told, and the narration is excellent!

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