A wonderful friend of the family, and mother of one of my oldest and dearest girlfriends sent me this book months ago. I was in a weird space this summer and couldn't concentrate on a book to save my soul! This was very disconcerting to me since I'm happiest with my nose stuck in a book. It's the best way to end my day.
When Pat sent me this book she said that this quote from the book reminded her of me: "Every woman should have a daughter to tell her stories to. Otherwise, the lessons learned are as useless as spare buttons from a discarded shirt. And all that is left is a fading name and shape of a nose and the color of her hair. The men who write the history books will tell you the stories of battles and conquests. But the women will tell you the stories of people's hearts."
I finally dove into this book and haven't set it down for days! I'm almost done and it's been fantastic. Here is a brief description from Amazon:
(Karen White is the award-winning author of The Memory of Water delivers a gripping tale of family, fate, and forgiveness.)
When Piper Mills was twelve, she helped her grandfather bury a box that belonged to her grandmother in the backyard. For twelve years, it remained untouched. Now a near fatal riding accident has shattered Piper’s dreams of Olympic glory. After her grandfather’s death, she inherits the house and all its secrets, including a key to a room that doesn’t exist—or does it? And after her grandmother is sent away to a nursing home, she remembers the box buried in the backyard. In it are torn pages from a scrapbook, a charm necklace—and a newspaper article from 1939 about the body of an infant found floating in the Savannah River. The necklace’s charms tell the story of three friends during the 1930s— each charm added during the three months each friend had the necklace and recorded her life in the scrapbook. Piper always dismissed her grandmother as not having had a story to tell. And now, too late, Piper finds she might have been wrong.
I'm loving the book Pat! Thanks for sending it to me!