Karen White is an enormous talent and as such I tend to form an opinion before I even start a book by her. I know it will be good – just not to what degree.
Nine years ago Larkin fled Georgetown, South Carolina, vowing never to go back. But when she finds out that her mother has disappeared, she knows she has no choice but to return to the place that she both loves and dreads–and to the family and friends who never stopped wishing for her to come home. Larkin’s relationship with her mother Ivy has never been easy but soon Ivy is discovered in the burned-out wreckage of her family’s ancestral rice plantation, badly injured and unconscious.
No one knows why Ivy was there, but as Larkin digs for answers, she uncovers secrets which were kept for nearly 50 years. Secrets that lead back to the past, to the friendship between three girls on the brink of womanhood who swore that they would be friends forever, but who found that vow tested in heartbreaking ways.
*** Well as to the degree of how good the story was – It was awesome! Heartbreakingly, lovingly, soul-searching fabulous! The three friends were inseparable, all with dreams of the future and how wonderful life was, but unfortunately life was not always wonderful, wars interrupted dreams and casualties interrupted and changed lives. But hadn’t they all promised “friends forever”? Were the tests to come things they could overcome?
Over the 50 years, who would survive the deaths, the births, the challenges and keep the friendships strong. Read on and find out! You’ll be amazed!