innocent compassion links 5-year-old Claire Maloney to Roan Sullivan, a motherless 10-year-old lad whose life with his drunken, despicable father is a nightmare. A bond develops between the two that neither time nor space can break. Claire's family traces its roots back several generations to Ireland, and with them the mystical beliefs that creep into its contemporary culture and customs. Both families have deep roots in Dunderry, Georgia, where long-standing relationships weave in and out of daily life and are often more biological than at first acknowledged. When Roan is forced out of Dunderry, at age 15, after he kills his father while defending Claire, she is unable to forget him. For the next 20 years, she searches for Roan. Unknown to her, however, he has kept watch over her until he can prove himself worthy of her. A tragic accident brings Claire back to her home to recuperate and eventually Roan back to her. This is a story for any romantic who wants a bit of mystery, a lot of suspense, a tale of two star-crossed lovers, and a satisfying ending to a fast-paced novel.
This book keeps you wnating to stop whatever you have to do to get back to it. You keep thinking of these people as your day goes on and you can't wait to get back.Claire makes friends with a boy from the wrong side of the hallow..her family is the founding family and his is on the take.He has an abusive father and she is the darling of her family.She is the only person in this town to see the boy-Roan- for being a lonely but great friend..as they grow she tries
to remain remain in his life but her family sends him to a foster home after his Father dies and she loses track of him.This is a great book.
This was a very good book about two children who become friends when tragedy strikes and one of them is sent away only to find each other again in their adulthood. It was one of those books that I had a really hard time putting down.
**** One of my favorites! Love and tragedy! Does it bring them all together? Set in the South, big families, small towns.....a great book.
This is a good story about family, friendship and romance. It will hold your attention! I've read it twice and enjoyed it both times.
Wonderfull book....a romance with a little depth to it!
This author has a very unique way of telling a story.
A very heart-warming story. I enjoyed it very much.
I was expecting a light read, but I ended up not being able to put this book down. I will definitely be looking for more of Deborah Smith's work in the future.
Great love story by an exceptional storyteller! I loved it!
Gripping novel of lost love and betrayal and finding one's way back home again.
Torn apart by forces beyond their control when they were only children, Claire spends the next 20 years looking for Roan. Once she finds him, though, will the secret he's been keeping tear them apart again?
It was just O.K. for me. I felt that it went on much too long.
This book was very moving. It was the first book that I read by Deborah Smith and I've read most of her books since then. Ms. Smith has a way of touching your heart with very well developed characters who have suffered greatly. I remember crying through many parts of this book and I consider that a testimony to the well written novel. I've recommended it to many others and continue to recommend to all who like well written, involving books.
Twenty years ago,Claire Maloney was the willful,pampered,tomboyish daughter of the towns most respected family,but that didn't stop her from befriending Roan Sullivan,fierce,motherless boy who lived in a rusted out trailer amid junked cars.No one in Dunderry Georgia-least of all Claire's family-could understand the bond between these two mavericks.But Roan and Claire belonged together..until the dark afternoon when violence and terror overtook them,and Roan disappeared from Claire's life.Now,two decades later,Claire is adrift,and the Maloneys are still hoping the past can be buried under the rich southern soil.But Roan Sullivan is about to walk back into their lives...
Twenty years ago, Claire Maloney was the willful, pampered, tomboyish daughter of the town's most respected family, but that didn't stop her from befreinding Roan Sullivan, a fierce motherless boy who lived in a rusted out trailer amid junk cars. No one could understand the bond.................
An excellent read. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Excellent story!!!! Loved it! Put a tear in my eye at the end!
This book is about a little rich girl who befriends a boy from "the wrong side of the tracks". It starts out when she is 7 and he is 12. Then one violent and dark afternoon both of their lives are turned un side down by a vicious act. That one act changes everyone's lives forever. This was a book I hated to put down.
20 years ago, Clair Maloney was the willful pampered, tomboy daughter of the town's most respected family, but that did not stop her from befriending Roan Sullivan, a fierce, motherless boy who lived in a rusted out trailer amid junked cars. No one could understand the bond between these 2 mavericks. But Roan and Claire belonged together.. until the dark afternoon when violence and terror overtook them and Roan disappeared from Claires life. Nw 20 yrs later, Claire is adrift and the Maloney's are still hoping the past can stay buried under the rich southern soil. But Roan Sullimvan is about to walk back into their lives