One of PureWow's "Best Beach Reads of Summer 2018"
New York Times bestselling author Karen White crafts evocative relationships in this contemporary women's fiction novel, set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, about lifelong friends who share a devastating secret.
On the banks of the North Santee River stands a moss-draped oak that was once entrusted with the dreams of three young girls. Into the tree's trunk, they placed their greatest hopes, written on ribbons, for safekeeping—including the most important one: Friends forever, come what may.
But life can waylay the best of intentions....
Nine years ago, a humiliated Larkin Lanier fled Georgetown, South Carolina, knowing she could never go back. But when she finds out that her mother has disappeared, she realizes she has no choice but to return to the place she both loves and dreads—and to the family and friends who never stopped wishing for her to come home.
Ivy, Larkin's mother, is discovered badly injured and unconscious in the burned-out wreckage of her ancestral plantation home. No one knows why Ivy was there, but as Larkin digs for answers, she uncovers secrets kept for nearly fifty years—whispers of love, sacrifice, and betrayal—that lead back to three girls on the brink of womanhood who found their friendship tested in the most heartbreaking ways.
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by Karen White
by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig
by Karen Rivers
"Narrators Shannon McManus, Cassandra Campbell, and Susan Larkin will enchant listeners with this journey of womanhood and self-discovery. Larkin Lanier receives a call that her mother, Ivy, has gone missing and that she must come home from New York City to her hometown in South Carolina. Ivy eventually turns up horribly injured at an old rice plantation her family once owned. Curious, Larkin continues the journey to unfold the mystery of who her family was and discovers more about a friendship pact her mother was a part of in her youth. Each narrator in this remarkable performance has noteworthy expressions that capture the characters and situations. Listeners will be enticed to dive into the mystery and charm of this Southern contemporary fiction. G.M. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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