Was a wonderful read that I couldn’t put down. In fact, I was so lost and emerged into the world she created, I forgot I was sick waiting in an Urgent Care hoping my name would be called.
Avery Stafford is a typical Southern Belle trapped by her father’s political responsibilities as one of South Carolina’s Congressmen.
Avery has left her fast-paced life in Maryland working for the U. S. Attorney’s office to come back home to Aiken, South Carolina, to help take care of her father who is battling cancer.
While Avery is at a campaign event featuring a local nursing home, an elderly lady appears by her side calling her, “Fern.”
May Crandall, an elderly resident at the nursing home begins down a foggy trail of memories after seeing Avery.
Fate has destined their lives to intersect and open the doors to a secret past that no one would’ve believed.
Rill, Camellia, Fern and Gabion, children swept away and stolen from their parents on the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tennessee.
Georgia Tann, a merciless woman who stole children from poor families and held them for adoption through the Tennessee Children’s Home Society making as much profit off of them as well as those who adopted the children as she could.
Trent Turner, a real estate salesman who is unfortunate enough to get in the way of Avery’s investigation. As both he and Avery dig deep into the past of their grandparents, the secrets are unfolded, bit by bit.
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Avery’s encounter with an elderly woman at a nursing home leads her to believe that her very powerful and politically influential family is hiding secrets that could damage her father’s roll as congressman or worse. When she follows her lawyer instinct, she opens up secrets from the past that could turn everything upside down, not only for her family but many unsuspecting families all over the nation.
She knows she can’t ignore the truth which could destroy her family or comfort her aging grandmother suffering from dementia.
This was probably one of Lisa Wingate’s best novels to me. I was so enthralled with the historical information that she used as part of her plot. The story was gut wrenching in parts and tear-jerking in others. I couldn’t help but root for the children who were ripped from their home and parents without just cause.
This was one of those reads you lose yourself in and don’t want it to end. A great summer read!
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