The trick is to know who you are, so you can be you…
This is the line which embodies the gist of the entire book. Cassandra or Sandra, as she is known now, runs away from her abusive husband in the middle of the night and expects her parents to support her emotionally and financially. But she gets a shock when they are unable to.
Falling down to the lowest level of desperation and down to her last few dollars, she agrees to house-sit for her aunt and look after the dog. That starts a journey to her new life where she finds her confidence to plan her future, her courage to face her abusive husband who plays mind games with her till the last chapter, and hopefully find a new love.
I love Grace Greene’s books, as she writes with emotions, about emotions. Every word is dipped in the depth of her heart and written with a passion that is honest and true. Her words resonate with every woman in each sentence. There are a lot of places where I could see myself in Cassandra.
In this book, she has painted her main character, Cassandra, as a real woman, who has issues both about her own self and her life, but yet she finds the courage to look beyond her flaws, into her own strengths. The author Grace Greene generally concentrates on relationships, and in this book too, there is a mother–daughter relationship which is wondrous to see as they grow from being strangers to being bonded with love.
There are moments in this book where I wondered why Cassandra does not react at her soon-to-be ex-husband’s words and I got almost angry at her weakness. Then I realised that people who have had such mind games being played by their spouses are unable to voice themselves. There is a lot of self–doubt in them. That gave me a real jolt and made me think.
There are a few niggles; I wanted Cassandra to be stronger, she doesn’t take active steps to fight her husband’s manipulations, there are times I wanted to push her to approach the police, but this doesn’t happen till the last few chapters. Also, I didn’t see Cassandra working, to earn money to think about a career, in the days she spends in her aunt’s home. I would have liked her to be a much stronger, independent woman. But those are just minor points, they do not detract attention from Grace Greene’s writing.
As always, there is a depth in the prose, there are emotions in the heart, and there is always self-confidence and hope in all of Grace’s books.
My rating : 3.5 stars
About the Author
Grace Greene is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance set in the bucolic reaches of her native Virginia (Kincaid’s Hope, Cub Creek) and the breezy beaches of Emerald Isle, North Carolina (Beach Rental, Beach Winds). Her debut novel, Beach Rental, and the sequel, Beach Winds, were both Top Picks by RT Book Reviews magazine.
A Sandra Hurst has left her husband. Again. After dropping out of college to marry Trent, divorcing him, then remarrying him, she’s shown up on her parents’ doorstep nursing her wounds. But her parents refuse to help this time—emotionally or financially.
Desperate to earn money and determined to start over, she accepts an offer from her aunt to house-sit at the old family home, Cub Creek, in ruggedly beautiful rural Virginia. But when Sandra arrives, she finds the house has grown shabby, her aunt’s dog is missing, and the garden is woefully overgrown. And she suspects her almost-ex-husband is on her trail. But Sandra discovers that to move on from the pain of her past, she must embrace the beauty of her future.
Getting back to her roots maybe just what Sandra needs. And this final chance could lead to regaining her self-respect, making peace with her family, discovering what she’s truly made of…and becoming the woman she was always meant to be. And along the way, she just might find a bit of happiness in each day.
Publication date : 31st January 2017
Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
Language : English
Available on Amazon; free with Kindle Unlimited
A journey of courage and hope, from broken to healed