Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness. (Marianne Williamson)
Eliza Maxwell is the author of The Unremembered Girl, The Grave Tender, and The Kinfolk. She writes fiction from her home in Texas, which she shares with her ever-patient husband, two impatient kids, a ridiculous English setter, and a bird named Sarah. An artist and writer, a dedicated introvert, and a British cop-drama addict, she enjoys nothing more than sitting on the front porch with a good cup of coffee.
The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
For Jenna Shaw, life has become unbearable. She has lost everything, a husband who adored her and her three children in a terrible plane crash. As Jenna walks out onto the ice of a river, knowing that she will end it all, on old man, Lars Jorgensen sees her from his cabin. He knows what she intends to do, he has seen and experienced tragedy, he knows the face of it. Lars pulls her from the edge of her decision and an unlikely friendship starts to develop. Jena does not want his help nor his friendship but the two start to bond and share the grief they both have within their lives.
Lars is no stranger to loss and tragedy. His children all except one son were stolen from him, gone without a trace, his wife confined to a mental facility having no idea what happened to the children on that fateful day. As their friendship and care for one another increases, Jenna resolves to find out what happened to the children and perhaps find the ability to help herself.
This is a novel of forgiveness, love, and loss. Can one forgive themselves for things said, acts committed, and the guilt one feels for being left behind? Can love and care be found among strangers and can two totally different people find that love can bring them to the closure they so desire? Can they cope with their loss and find that they can survive and life can be found to be hopeful and loving?
Thank you to Eliza Maxwell, Lakeshore Publising, and NetGalley for providing this reader with an advanced copy of this book .
Publishing date: May 20, 2018