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Richards writes with rare honesty and compassion and has a keen eye for detail. This is a beautiful, heartwarming story that will find its way onto many keeper shelves.
Spending the summer with her socialite mother and cantankerous grandmother is a necessary evil for teacher Tessa MacCrae. Her grandmother, Helen, has let the family home fall into a state of disrepair, and her mother, Nancy, can't possibly put it back in order alone.
The work, which includes the restoration of one of Helen's many quilts, proves therapeutic for all three women. Each comes to terms with and finally opens up about their pasts. Helen speaks of her youthful marriage and the loss of her husband; Nancy reveals the circumstances of her marriage to Tessa's father; Tessa faces what she's done to her own foundering marriage—and begins to wonder if it might be possible to save it after all.
Richards writes with rare honesty and compassion and has a keen eye for detail. This is a beautiful, heartwarming story that will find its way onto many keeper shelves. (Jul., 416 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed By: Catherine Witmer
Published: July 2004