Loran Kimball takes a journey into her mother's past when she accompanies Maddie back to her childhood territory, the mountains of North Carolina. Loran knows nothing of her mother's wilder early years, but the cosmopolitan investment banker now finds herself in a small, rural community where everyone knows everything but no one knows the entire reality of the past. Will Loran uncover her mother's secrets while there's still time for them to talk? Blackberry Winter (4.5) by Cheryl Reavis is by turns heartbreaking, inspiring, puzzling and thought-provoking. Complex, sympathetic characters tell a wonderful story while working to make sense of their lives.