THE LOST HOURS
With flawed characters and images
as lush as the gardens of Georgia, White's exploration of forgiveness
and the strength of women's stories
is satisfying and compelling.
Piper Mills' dreams of riding her horse to Olympic gold were shattered by one miscalculation. For years, she hides from her failure, until she receives cryptic papers from her grandmother that lead to a long-hidden scrapbook and a charm necklace. The deepening mystery that is her late grandmother's life sends Piper on a quest to know the friends in the book's pages and find out why the friendships ended.
Her search takes her to the one place she doesn't want to be: a horse farm. There, with the help of her grandmother's estranged friend, a blind woman and a grieving widower, Piper discovers the grandmother she never knew and learns her story. It pushes her to find a new life and a new love. (NAL, Apr., 336 pp., $15.00)