Recently widowed Rebecca McKenzie, a successful Vancouver
businesswoman, returns to small-town Hope River after an absence of
30 years to attend her mother''s funeral. Estranged from her father
and two older siblings, she''s left a brutal childhood and a
psychopathic grandfather behind. She expects her visit home to be
short. but then she discovers the diaries written by her mother, a
British war bride with a young baby who came to Canada to join a
husband she scarcely knew. Rebecca (and the reader) find her heart
wrung by her mother''s story.
Meanwhile, a young girl has gone missing, and the suspicions of the
townspeople fall on Rebecca''s handsome, charming brother Jimmy.
Before long, violence threatens and Rebecca must put aside some
long-held grievances to protect Jimmy and find the real killer.
This debut novel will appeal to readers of Jacqueline Winspear''s
Maisie Dobbs and Pip Granger''s Not All Tarts Are Apple and its
sequels, evoking admiration, respect, and sympathy for members of
The Greatest Generation, both English and Canadian.