Thursday, October 3, 2013

"T. Greenwood just gets better and better with every book." ~ Jackie

In 1960, Billie Valentine is a young housewife living in a sleepy Massachusetts suburb, treading water in a dull marriage and caring for two adopted daughters. Summers spent with the girls at their lakeside camp in Vermont are her one escape--from her husband's demands, from days consumed by household drudgery, and from the nagging suspicion that life was supposed to hold something different.

Then a new family moves in across the street. Ted and Eva Wilson have three children and a fourth on the way, and their arrival reignites long-buried feelings in Billie. The affair that follows offers a solace Billie has never known, until her secret is revealed and both families are wrenched apart in the tragic aftermath.

Fifty years later, Ted and Eva's son, Johnny, contacts an elderly but still spry Billie, entreating her to return east to meet with him. Once there, Billie finally learns the surprising truth about what was lost, and what still remains, of those joyful, momentous summers.

In this deeply tender novel, T. Greenwood weaves deftly between the past and present to create a poignant and wonderfully moving story of friendship, the resonance of memories, and the love that keeps us afloat.
Jackie says:
"T. Greenwood has created a heart-breaking love story that will resonate in my mind for a very, very long time.  Her characters are vibrant and believable in both their love and their cruelty.  While it's set in the late 50s and early 60s, there are so many issues that still, sadly, stand today.  This is not a typical love story, and it will make you angry, sad, joyous, confused, afraid, misty-eyed and disgusted no matter what side of the issues you identify with.  I don't want to tell you more, I want you to read this book and experience the careful reveals that this author writes so very, very well.  T. Greenwood just gets better and better with every book."

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