Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a blackberry thicket in 1943, ten-year old Hazel momentarily turns her back on her three-year old sister Maggie and the young girl disappears.
Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter Diane, who can’t understand her mother’s overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother’s inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghan—a cold case agent—cherishes her grandmother’s lavish attention and affection.
When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel’s painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that’s been lost?
First of all I just love the cover of this book! Its so eye catching and sets the perfect scene for the first few pages of this book. I was instantly intrigued after reading the plot of this book. I am always fond of a book with any kind of mystery element. This book was the first book I have read that jumped from multiple points of views and multiple periods of time. I have read several split time novels, but this had a bit more jumping around and changing character points of view. I absolutely saw the value that this added to the telling of all the characters stories, but at times I had a little trouble keeping up with all the changes. It was very interesting to see as a character would have a thought or a reaction to a situation to then have a flashback to what shaped that opinion or circumstance from their past. I enjoyed Hazel and Meghan’s characters but honestly did not connect with Diane. I liked the journey each of the characters went through in this story and the changing and healing of their relationships as they communicated about their feelings and past hurts. I loved that this book concluded with answers and closure for the characters and situations in this story. I don’t want to give anything away! An enjoyable inspirational fiction!
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