by Heather Young
stunning novel that examines the price of loyalty, the burden of regret, the meaning of salvation, and the sacrifices we make for those we love, told in the voices of two unforgettable women linked by a decades-old family mystery at a picturesque lake house.
In 1935, six-year-old Emily Evans vanishes forever from her family’s summer house on a remote Minnesota Lake.
Sixty years later, Lucy, Emily’s quiet and watchful older sister, lives alone in the lake house.
When Lucy dies, she leaves the house to her grandniece, Justine. The lake house offers Justine an escape from her manipulative boyfriend and a chance to give her daughters the home she never had.
But the discovery of a notebook, in which her great aunt has written the story of that devastating summer, forces Justine to realise there may be more to her inheritance than she first imagined.
In a house haunted by the sorrows of the women who came before her, Justine must overcome their tragic legacy if she hopes to save herself and her children.
I am delighted to have read this book as part of the blog tour arranged by the publisher.
This is a powerful read spanning 5 generations of a troubled family.
The innocent, care free life of a family holidaying at their lodge by a lake in the 1930’s is not quite as innocent as it appears. you never know what goes on behind closed doors. The three sisters are growing up and trying to find themselves but are held back by a controlling father and a weak mother. Then tragedy hits when the youngest sister, Emily, disappears one night.
Shocking secrets are revealed when the last surviving sister, Lucy, decides to write a journal before she dies of her life and her family for her grand-niece Justine to read.
Lucy has lived in the lodge by the lake most of her life and when she passes her solicitor contacts Justine to advise her of her inheritance. Justine is living with a boyfriend who is also very controlling and decides this is her chance to leave him and start a new life with her two teenage daughters. can she escape into a new life or will he find her?
A dark but engrossing story, which kept me turning the pages to find the truth about Emily which I would never have imagined.