when her sister claudia died rowena cannot accept the verdict of suicide. as she sorts out claudia's affairs rowena runs across i trove of family secrets. this lady writes a good book.
When her sister Claudia dies mysteriously, Rowena Graham cannot accept the verdict of suicide. Desperate to find the truth and learn more about her sisters life, Rowena moves into Claudia's home and takes over as manager of her restaurant. As she sorts out Claudia's affairs, Rowena stumbles upon a trove of dark family secrets, learning more thaan she ever expected. Unraveling the tangle of lies and distortions, Rowena uncovers the truth about Claudi.
It is a haunting story of a woman confronting the past in order to come to terms with the president.
I read this book because of it's reference to fetal alcohol syndrome and it's effects on the dynamics of a family. Interesting, but not the best writing.
After her younger sister Claudia commits suicide, Rowena Graham leaves behind her own life to handle her sister's affairs. She moves into her sister's house - her parents' old house - and struggles to manage her sister's restaurant. Rowena finds it very hard to believe that her little sister ever committed suicide - there was no suicide letter and the suicide verdict just feels all wrong to Rowena. As a result, Rowena decides to begin investigating the truth behind her sister's death.
Claudia was always difficult and unpredictable, but Rowena is convinced that her lovely younger sister would never take her own life. Rowena's unexpected discovery of a trove of documents and photographs unearths a host of secrets kept not just by Claudia but by every member of the family. Her continued investigation also uncovers the tangled web of her own family's dynamics. This may lead Rowena to find the cause of Claudia's death and ultimately set Rowena free from the secrets of the past.
I really enjoyed this book. I have several of Charlotte Vale Allen's books, but I think that this is the first one that I've read. I give this book an A+!
As her sister's sole heir, Rowena Graham moves into Caludia's house -- their old family home -- and begins to sort out her sister's affairs. She also steps in as manager of Caludia's restaurant and gradually leaves her former life and successful career behind as she relentlessly searches for the truth about her sister's death. There was no note and the suicide verdict feels all wrong. And while her beautiful younger sister had always been difficult and unpredictable -- warm and affectionate one day, calculating and cruel the next -- Rowena is certain Claudia would never have taken her own life. Rowen's unexpect discovery of a trove of documents and photographs unearths a host of secrets -- kept not just by Claudia but by every member of the family. Unraveling a tangle of lies and distortions that hid the dynamics of her family, Rowena uncovers the secret to Claudia's death and finally sets herself free from the shadows of the past.