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It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward's husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news - Cal's family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal's reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt. Charting the course of an uncertain life - and feeling guilt from her husband's tragic death - Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal's unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now Merritt's, will change and define her as she navigates her new life - a new life complicated by the arrival of her too-young stepmother and 10-year-old half brother.
Soon, in this house of strangers, Merritt is forced into unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the Low Country.
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By Jennifer on 08-08-15
You'll LAUGH, LOVE, and maybe CRY a little
In all honesty, I struggled getting into this book at first. Living in the South and loving Beaufort, SC myself, I figured this book was perfect for me to read. But, between the prologue and the first six chapters or so, I got so lost in the web of characters - who was attached to whom and how - my excitement to continue reading diminished. I had to put the book down and pick it back up at a later date, and write out notes to keep track of all the details that are front-loaded into the book, in order to really get into the book.
AND BOY, AM I GLAD I GAVE IT A SECOND CHANCE!
The author packs so much into this book - forgiveness, family, mystery, romance, secrets, fear, unknown connections, domestic violence, protecting each other, history, letting go, and Southern Charm - it's filled to the brim with thoughtful prose and conflicted characters. How are all these characters so elegantly tied to each other over the span of decades?
I felt for Merritt and understood her fear and independence, but more so her distrust of those around her. I adored Loralee and her sweet nibblets of wisdom. I respected her ability to face a hurt and cold Merritt to try to build a relationship. I fell in love with Gibbes and how he never gave up.
The story sucked me in with my voracious desperation to solve this mystery. It made me laugh and love and think, and it definitely made me cry. And by the end, I was so mad it was over because I wasn't ready to be done with these characters yet.
The narrators did a fantastic job at bringing the characters to life and ensuring the pace of the book flowed properly.
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By Mark on 10-03-15
This novel surprised me from beginning to end. Wise, funny, colourful and so touching, I found myself rewinding passages again and again to glean its wisdom. Beautifully performed, this is the kind of audiobook that reminds me why this new art form takes the words on the page and brings them to life.
It is so much more than I can describe here so please do yourself a favour and buy this book x
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