Genre: Domestic fiction
When Suzanna Duff was ten years old, she lost her mama, and that’s when the lies began. At first, they were just harmless little fibs, a way to hide her unbearable loneliness and the truth about a daddy who came home rip-roaring drunk every night. But in time, the lies grew bigger and now, when she is a grown woman with a daughter of her own, they threaten to destroy everything she loves.
The irony of this situation is that Suzanna never planned to stay in Georgia, she was simply passing through, looking for a fresh start in New Jersey. Attending that wake with her daughter Annie, was a fluke. An opportunity to enjoy a free meal. It should have entailed nothing more than a solemn nod and a brief expression of sympathy but, Ida Parker, the grieving widow mistook her for her the granddaughter who was carried off as an infant. Too embarrassed to do anything else, Suzanna played along. What harm was there in pretending to be someone else for a few hours? Hours turned into days and days into weeks; strangers became friends, love happened, and before long a year had flown by.
Now the past is standing on her doorstep and Suzanna must decide to leave here and disappear as she has done before, or tell the truth and break the hearts of those she loves most.
My verdict: If you like this book then I recommend Reading Diane Chamberlain is the escape artist. Read this in one sitting, absolutely brilliant even if it’s a little bit predictable. The writing itself is blunt and to the point with the right amount of sentimental and Nostalgic emotions. a novel about starting over. Which begs the question; can we ever leave the past behind? Ultimately this book is about a woman taking control of her life to make a better life for her daughter. The novel begs the question: is it okay to tell a little white lie if it doesn’t hurt someone? This is what we see the main character battle with throughout the novel and whether she setting a good example for her daughter. Could mending broken bridges help this woman heal? A novel discussing right and wrong and wether family really does need a biological tie or not?