A New York Times best-selling author releases her first southern novel, a Steel Magnolias-meets-Sweet Home Alabama story set on St. Simons Island. When an unthinkable loss sends Tara Abbott's life spiraling out of control, she journeys from North Carolina to Georgia's St. Simons Island. Although confused and scared, she hopes to find answers about her past - her life before the years of foster care and raising her two half-brothers as a young adult. Will she find steady ground on the island, surrounded by an eccentric-but-kindhearted group of older women called The Glynn Girls and a determined firefighter? Or will the truth splinter what's left of her identity into pieces?
This was a good summer read for sitting by the pool. Cindy writes a predictable yet intriguing feel-good story that makes you want to drop everything and move to St. Simmons Island. With her vivid writing, you can feel the moist humidity and hear the nightly cicadas. In the pages of this book, you feel like the Glynn Girls are already family and your heart aches for Tara. I would recommend this book. I received an Advanced Readers Copy to read and review.
Tara faces a tragic loss that alters her life. She is unable to grasp the finality of the situation and struggles to accept the loss. I liked this book because of the strong role models. The Glynn girls provided some humor throughout the book. The four women each plays the role of mama to the handsome firefighter Gavin. The novel touches on ghosts, romantic interests, foster care, mountain climbing, business dealings, heartbreak and shows how God works in the lives of the characters. This enjoyable story will keep your interest from cover to cover. I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher Waterbrook Multnomah for a review. All opinions expressed are my own. @WaterBrookMultnomah#Partner
Make sure you have tissues for this gut wrenching tale of love and loss and finding your way again with God carrying you every step of the way. What a story that is woven like a fine tapestry with ins and outs of threads that make a beautiful picture when finished. The characters are wonderful and the four Glynn Girls are great entertainment with their antics throughout to lighten the mood of a difficult storyline. My favorite line in the book is “God was a potter, and she was here on earth, able to be a vessel again.....someday.” This speaks to me so deeply, that no matter what we go through God will heal our brokenness. The authors deal with grief and heartache in such a tender compassionate way that draws you in and leaves you with hope for a better tomorrow when the storm has passed. I enjoyed reading more about Tara who we first meet in The Gift of Christmas Past. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.