Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Fiction Tuesday ❤️


You might get more than you bargained for with this one. Or you might not if you just wanted fluff. This one has a certain grit to it. Like a reality check. As in, how it is these days with some families. Of course, they have their secrets too. And of course, you are left with characters you might have wanted more from. But to some, they might say it's the kids who saved this story. I guess it's all in your perspective.

"The way I figure it, we spend half our lives trying to get away from our roots. And then we spend the other half trying to get back."

Louisa has come to her parents' house in Maine this summer with all three of her kids, a barely written book, and a trunkful of resentment. Left behind in Brooklyn is her husband, who has promised that after this final round of fundraising at his startup he will once again pick up his share of the household responsibilities. Louisa is hoping that the crisp breeze off Penobscot Bay will blow away the irritation she is feeling with her life choices and replace it with enthusiasm for both her family and her work.

But all isn't well in Maine. Louisa's father, a retired judge and pillar of the community, is suffering from Alzheimer's. Louisa's mother is alternately pretending everything is fine and not pretending at all. And one of Louisa's children happens upon a very confusing and heartfelt letter referring to something Louisa doesn't think her father could possibly have done.

Louisa's not the only one searching for something in Maine this summer. Kristie took the Greyhound bus from Pennsylvania with one small suitcase, $761, and a lot of baggage. She's got a past she's trying to outrun, a secret she's trying to unpack, and a new boyfriend who's so impossibly kind she can't figure out what she did to deserve him. But she can't keep her various lives from colliding forever.

As June turns to July turns to August, secrets will be unearthed, betrayals will come to light, and both Louisa and Kristie will ask themselves what they are owed and what they owe others.


  1. That's a good quote. I love family secrets, especially when they happen on vacation. :) Nice cover too.

  2. Sounds fascinating! I love the part about Louisa arriving at her childhood home with "a trunkful of resentment." Also, the maxi dress in the collage is so cool. 🌊

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