By Rachael Herron
A poignant novel approximately loss, lies, and the unbreakable bonds of family.
Three years after a terrible tragedy took her son and tore her relations aside, artist Kate Monroe is commencing to choose up the items of her lifestyles and circulation on. At a gala showcasing her positive go back to the paintings global, Kate’s international is rocked back whilst the daughter she gave up for adoption twenty-two years in the past introduces herself.
Pree is the kid Kate by no means knew and not forgot. yet Pree has questions that Kate isn’t convinced she’s able to resolution. For something, she by no means advised Pree’s father, her highschool sweetheart and ex-husband, Nolan, they'd a daughter. for one more, Kate hasn’t spoken to Nolan for 3 years, now not because the twist of fate which took their nine-year-old son from them. yet to maintain Pree from leaving without end, Kate must confront the secrets and techniques that experience haunted her due to the fact her son died and observe if the affection of her kin is powerful sufficient to outlive even the main heartbreaking of betrayals…
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