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by Sarah Addison Allen

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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Allen has a history of writing good novels; her latest continues the trend. Although the ending will be easily figured out by the reader, the interactions, dialogue and pacing keep the reader intrigued and turning the pages to the very end. A study of the interactions of women and the bonds of friendship, love and community, this is a story worth taking to bed and staying up all night to read.

Willa Jackson’s roots go back a long time in her hometown, and her family has been an integral part of the aristocracy of the region for 100 years. Impoverished for two generations, their influence is minimal now, but as Willa moves back to her hometown, secrets from their time as movers and shakers emerge, and her ties to the Osgood family come to light. Willa uncovers secrets going back 60 years, and discovers that who a person is has less to do with their heritage than what is in their heart. (BANTAM, Apr., 288 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed By: Victoria Frerichs

Publisher: BANTAM

Published: April 2011

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