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An emotional novel of family, friendship and forgiveness from Courtney Walsh, the New York Times bestselling author of Hometown GirlLyndie St James is thrilled that her best friend, Elle, is getting married but unprepared for the emotional storm of the wedding week and returning to her childhood summer home of Sweethaven The idyllic cottage community harbors some of her best and worst memories It s not only the tragic death of her childhood friend Cassie that has haunted her for ten years, it s the other secrets she s buried that have kept her from moving onBut Lyndie isn t the only one with secretsCassie s mother, father and brother, still struggling with the loss, have been drifting further and further apart And Elle herself, the last to see Cassie alive, carries an impossible burden of guilt Now reunited, each of them has a choice to reveal the truths of that night or continue to live in its shadow That means embarking on a personal journey of the heart to escape the darkness and all its regrets and to finally come to terms with the past and, especially, with each other It was like reading something from middle school dull and petty with a running vein of who did what Maybe I didn t give it a full chance to captivate me, but I felt my brain cells dying so I had to quit reading. I enjoyed this book very much It reveals how we are often our own worst critic and are far harder on ourselves When we do that, it affects ours lives and the lives of others We carry our hurts around in a box just like the book mentions.It was a book about enduring friendships, misunderstandings, forgiveness, being real, and trusting God with it ALL.I hope there are books to come in a series This was the first book I have read by this author and I loved it I will now be reading her others I agree with other reviews that it is very emotional but rewarding It is beautifully written and I hated putting it down each night It has become one of my favourite books It describes well the wonderful grace of God. This story surprised me than once What I expected to be a story of friendship, summertime memories, and the way the past shapes identities became so much with every new secret revealed and emotional layer pulled back Courtney Walsh has penned another beautiful story of GRACE Of how important it is to belong and be known, and to forgive even if it s about forgiving yourself.I enjoyed how the pace of the story allowed for time to get to know the characters, especially Lyndie, in their current frames of mind before events pulled them all together in the same town This timeline starts to paint a picture of the past and hints at the baggage each of them carries.Courtney Walsh always manages to write relatable and even flawed characters, and Lyndie, Tucker, Elle, and Karen are all representative of the struggles we face When you read this story, you WILL relate to at least one of them, whether their pain, grief, complacency, self confidence struggles, or possibly the honesty, faith, and positive steps to growth call out to your heart.I won t give away any plot points or heart wrenching secrets you will have to discover them when you read this story but I will say that this story deals with some sensitive issues All of them have to do with the fallout of choices and mistakes, some of them long buried or years in the making Courtney Walsh s straightforward style handles this sensitively and realistically which further proves her place on my must read authors list I went from laughing to crying and experiencing every emotion in between while reading I highly recommend this book to women s fiction fans or of authors like Katie Ganshert, Jennifer Rodewald, Amy Matayo, and Katherine Reay.Thank you to the author for the advance copy of this book This is my honest review.