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After thirteen years on the run Violet McLaughlin returns to Carter’s Crossing, South Carolina, in 1962, with her young daughter, Sassy.
The Crossing is right outside of Beaufort and the turmoil of the Civil Rights movement will forever leave its scars on the young and impressionable girl. As Sassy stands before the imposing white farmhouse for the first time, with no knowledge of her history but that the McLaughlin's are her kin, Sassy begins a journey that will tear her apart before it heals her.
Growing up among secrets that will forever damage her relationship with her mother, she attempts to make sense of her past. But will her passion for art and her love for Thomas Tierney be enough to sustain her future? Will the journey she must take to discover the truth be worth the journey?
"I've been really lucky to find such good books to read lately, and this is one of those books.
This is a tale woven so carefully, so intricately and so completely, that there isn't a gap or a question as to what just happened or an unsatisfying moment in this story. This story flows along effortlessly. What a joy!
Sassy has the weight of the world on her shoulders nearly every day of her life, but she doesn't have to bear it alone. Her blessed Grandma Edna, her friend Dudley and later her son, Patrick Toulouse, among many others, are there to help her along. In between, there are characters you love to love and some you love to loathe. All are important and all of them add, rather than detract, from the story. There isn't a wasted word or scene in this book."