Early on the morning of her 11th birthday, on the beach beside her North Carolina home, Daria Cato receives an unbelievable gift from the sea: an abandoned newborn baby. When the infant's identity cannot be uncovered, she is adopted by Daria's loving family. Now, 20 years later, Shelly has grown into an unusual, ethereal young woman whom Daria continues to protect. But when Rory Taylor, a friend from Daria's childhood and now a television producer, returns at Shelly's request to do a story about the circumstances surrounding her birth, something precarious shifts in the small town of Kill Devil Hills.
The more questions Rory asks, the more unsettled the tiny community becomes, as closely guarded secrets and the sins of that long-ago summer begin to surface. Piece by piece, the mystery of summer's child is being exposed, a mystery that no one involved - not Shelly, Daria, not even Rory - is prepared to face.
"Chamberlain creates a captivating tale populated with haunting characters." (Publishers Weekly)
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- Janet "A good narrator can make a mediocre book come alive. I love having a story read to me - it's a wonderful escape."
Excellent story. Terrible narration.
Daria's prayers to keep the baby she found.
I feel as if I am listening to a new reader who is sounding out words as she reads. The narration is very stilted and unnatural. I almost returned the book because of the narration, but I was intrigued by the story.