Marnie Wittier has life just where she wants it. Quiet. Peaceful. No drama. A long way away from her past. In the privacy of her home, she fills a box with slips of paper, scribbled with her regrets, sins, and sorrows. But that’s nobody else’s business. Her bookstore/coffee shop patrons, her employees, her friends from church—they all think she’s the very model of compassion and kindness.
Then Marnie’s past creeps into her present when her estranged sister dies and makes Marnie guardian of her fifteen-year-old son—a boy Marnie never knew existed. And when Emmit arrives, she discovers he has Down syndrome—and that she’s woefully unprepared to care for him. What’s worse, she has to deal with , her sister’s attorney, a man Marnie once loved—and abandoned. As Emmit (and Taylor) work their way into her heart, Marnie begins to heal. But when pieces of her dismal past surface again, she must at last face the scripts of paper in her box, all the regrets and sorrows. Can she do it? Or will she run again?
I really enjoyed this book- much more than I thought I would. I found it to be suspenseful in a really good way and Marlo Schalesky was very skilled at not being predictable in her writing. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, she threw in some real curve balls that were delightful for me as a reader. I tend to pride myself on figuring out the end of the book, but she really got me with this one and I didn't have it pegged at all. The book also carries a wonderful message about moving on from the past and not hanging on to old regrets. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fiction and characters who are very real.
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This book was provided by Waterbrook Press for honest review.