Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Gilly Salt Sisters

Title:The Gilly Salt Sisters
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pub Date: March 14th, 2012
Author: Tiffany Baker
Received From: NetGalley  

The Gilly Salt Sisters

In the isolated Cape Cod village of Prospect, the Gilly sisters are as different as can be.  Jo, a fierce and quiet loner, is devoted to the mysteries of her family's salt farm, while Claire is popular, pretty, and yearns to flee the salt at any cost.  But the Gilly land hides a dark legacy that proves impossible to escape.  Although the community half-suspects the Gilly sisters might be witches, it doesn't stop Whit Turner, the town's wealthiest bachelor, from forcing his way into their lives.  It's Jo who first steals Whit's heart, but it is Claire--heartbroken over her high school sweetheart--who marries him.  

Years later, estranged from her family, Claire finds herself thrust back onto the farm with the last person she would have chosen: her husband's pregnant mistress.  Suddenly, alliances change, old loves return, and new battle lines are drawn.  What the Gilly sisters learn about each other, the land around them, and the power of the salt, will not only change each of their lives forever, it will also alter Gilly history for good.

The Gilly sisters have a place in the town of Prospect that they don't really want. Being the keepers of the salt, but really what is so important about salt? This is not your typical, my family farms something story, the salt isn't a necessary item for livelihood to the town, but it is a necessity in that it holds power. The salt that the  Gilly sisters tend, and sell has a power over them, and quite honestly the town as well.

This book has a focus on the lives of three women, Claire, Jo and Dee  It has ups and downs for each of the women and ways that their lives intertwine with one another. I was pleased to find although in the beginning the character Claire was not one I really cared for, she grew as a woman found a passion and took on some amazing roles in the book. Jo was a solid rock, through hardship and heartache, Her character is one I love to see in a book. Young Dee was innocent and naive while also being a bit of a fire-starter. I have to say though I hate the way her story played out in the end.  I really enjoyed this book but I found the last bit to be hard to follow and disappointing. I would have preferred to have left some of the ending to the imagination!Photobucket

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