Publisher: Penguin Group
Pub Date: June 5th, 2012
Author: Luanne Rice
Received From: NetGalley
An emotionally gripping family drama from beloved New York Times bestseller Luanne Rice
Clare Burke's life took a devastating turn when she tried to protect her sister, Anne, from an abusive and controlling husband and ended up serving prison time for assault. The verdict largely hinged on Anne's defense of her spouse--all lies--and the sisters have been estranged ever since. Nearly twenty years later, Clare is living a quiet life in Manhattan as an urban birder and nature blogger, when her niece, Grit, turns up on her doorstep.
A riveting story about women and the primal, tangled family ties that bind them together.
From the moment the author begin to describe the sisterhood between Anne and Clare I knew that great love of a family was going to be tested in this book. What I didn't know is how proud I would be of the women in this story. You see when women grow up and begin to find their own lives you cannot really control the path each take. Clare so desperately wants to do that, to take back control of Anne from Frederick her husband. When she finally gets in their home and visits her sister she feels she is doing that, until Frederick arrives and not only pulls back all control but turns her actions into a moment that lands Clare in Jail.
After working to put her life back together years later, Clare get a visitor that moves herself right in. Her niece Grit. This is Clare's connection to Anne, her chance to try again for some control. But only does it not come to her as she hopes, but she learns in the process to control her own love life! I did enjoy the growth and change in Clare, the youth and honesty in Grit and the ending of the book while a bit sad was a good one!