Women's fiction with a little more plot than usual. Heartwarming--a good read.
Life as an unwanted child is not easy, especially when your parents are music icons, and more especially when your father walks out before you even remember him. Life made Joely self-protective and cold, but her mother's illness and her time with her lovers' daughter bring her back to life.
From the back cover:
.....explores the emotional journey of two sisters and the healing truth of an unforgettable family legacy...
"We need you. Come home....."
I really enjoyed this book. This author is fast becoming one of my favorites.
When Joely Doyle was old enough she packed her bags, left home, and set out to create her own identity-away from the faded photographs of the father she never knew, and the faded dreams of her mother, Mimi, who waited for his return.
This was a good book. It was sort of slow to get started but once I got in it was great. A mystery, heart warming and love story all in one. When you finish this book you will have warm feelings about how important it is to keep in touch with family.
First time I read this author. I enjoyed the book, but was not my favorite.
This was a wonderful book, very hard to put down.
In the seventies, Mimi and Mark Doyle were famous folk singers. Although they had two daughters, Catherine and Joely, their devotion was to each other. Then one day Mark goes out for a new guitar string and a pack of cigarettes and never comes back. For more than 30 years, Mimi waits for her beloved husband to return. As she dwells within a haze of alcohol and illusions, her daughters grow up on their own. Catherine, now pregnant, raises sheep for the high-fashion sweaters she creates. Joely holds a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and lives in Scotland with a widower and his precocious daughter. When Mimi suffers a stroke and sets the house on fire, Joely feels obligated to go home and help Catherine take care of her. Bretton, with her insightful observations, gets to the core of her characters in this novel about the many roles women play--wife, daughter, sister, mother, lover--whether by choice or by the force of circumstance. Commitment, avoidance, love, and guilt--Bretton, a master storyteller, superbly dramatizes a great range of emotions in this compelling tale.