Genre: Historical Romance, Family Fiction
Published by Bent Pine Publishing
Publication Date: June 16, 2020
Review Copy From: Publisher via NetGalley
My Rating: 5
Synopsis (via GR)
A lifetime of lies, and a truth too painful to tell.
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.
This is the 2nd book that I have read by Ms. Crosby and it did not disappoint.
As the synopsis states, Susannah Duff finds herself in a situation that would keep her daughter safe, however, with it comes many little lies. Even though she tells herself that she will continue this facade for a few more days, it turns into months, which means more and more little lies. The longer she continues the role of Darla Jean, she realizes what it feels to be safe and to love and be loved.
But will she ruin everything if she tells the truth? Will she lose those she has fallen in love with, and more importantly, what will it do to her daughter?
A poignant and heart-wrenching story that tells the story of what it means to be a family. Such a warm and touching read!! I absolutely loved it!!!