Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Sparkpoint Studio, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it
Welcome to our stop on the Sandpiper book blog tour!
(We're on a 'laundry' theme here on BTHM today,
and as everyone knows, you can find sand everywhere after a day at the lake,
so this book seems fitting for the day! )
Nestled in the safe haven of The Sandpiper, a white-shingled cottage perched above the endless blue of Lake Michigan, Nina Judd has always been the guardian angel of the three Cameron women. Ellie Cameron, widowed mother. Kate, her perfect older daughter. Jamie, the screw-up. Kate and Jamie are sisters bound in loyalty by a secret oath—two bright young women full of life and promise until the fateful summer Jamie turns eighteen, a summer that ruined everything. But in the end, maybe Kate isn’t so perfect after all, and Jamie not so hopeless. Embraced by The Sandpiper, and Nina’s love, two sisters finally share their secret and struggle toward forgiveness and healing.
This is one of those books that you can't put down- like watching a train wreck, you have a sense of what is coming, you want to look away, but you are enraptured and can't. Lovell has crafted a winning novel of alcoholism, enabling, family dysfunction, loss and forgiveness, that will reverberate with many readers, who have family members who are alcoholics. It is brutal and honest, and shows how a family can be affected and how it just takes one person to not give up on the person, to eventually make a difference (hopefully). But it is also the story of the enabler (in this case her mother), and why she fell so easily into the position, and why her sister did not. The ending was not expected, and in some ways seemed too 'happy' to fit the rest of the book, but it was the example of forgiveness and grace given and received, so it makes sense, when the reader really things about it. This book WILL cause the reader to think about people and situations in their own lives, and family. And that is something a great book should do! Pick this one up, everyone will be talking about it soon!
About the Author:
Susan Lovell earned undergraduate and graduate degrees with honors in English from the University of Michigan and taught high school and college English. She co-founded Cadence, a weekly newspaper in East Grand Rapids, Michigan and is the author of four non-fiction histories. Lovell currently sits on the Grand Rapids Salvation Army’s Advisory Board. She and her husband live in Grand Rapids.
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