I loved this dual-time gem! A raw mother-daughter novel, not only of Sarah and Rosemary but Rosemary and Gloria. A story of how love can heal broken relationships formed by secrets and dark pasts. I love how history repeats itself in many ways with the granddaughter Sarah, but she learns from her mom and grandma’s mistakes by grasping the freedom only the truth can provide. When things don’t go as planned, good changes can occur when people who love you stand by you, blood-related or not. I can’t recommend this pageturner enough! Five out of five stars!!
Present day. After tragedy plunges her into grief and unresolved anger, Sarah Ashby returns to her childhood home determined to finally follow her long-denied dream of running Old Depot Grocery alongside her mother and grandmother. But when she arrives, her mother, Rosemary, announces to her that the store is closing. Sarah and her grandmother, Glory Ann, make a pact to save the store, but Rosemary has worked her entire life to make sure her daughter never follows in her footsteps. She has her reasons – but she’ll certainly never reveal the real one.
1965. Glory Ann confesses to her family that she’s pregnant with her deceased fiancé’s baby. Pressured into a marriage of convenience with a shopkeeper to preserve the family reputation, Glory Ann vows never to love again. But some promises are not as easily kept as she imagined.
This dual-timeline story from Amanda Cox deftly explores the complexity of a mother-daughter dynamic, the way the secrets we keep shape our lives and the lives of others, and the healing power of telling the truth.