Monday, October 19, 2015

Chance Harbor by Holly Robinson

Published October 6, 2015 by NAL

Catherine and Zoe are sisters, but even their mother, Eve, admits her daughters are nothing alike. Catherine is calm and responsible. Zoe is passionate and rebellious.  Nobody is surprised when Zoe gets pregnant, drops out of college, and spirals into drug addiction.

One night Catherine gets a call from Zoe’s terrified daughter, Willow, saying her mother has abandoned her in a bus station and disappeared. Eve blames herself, while Catherine, unable to have children, is delighted to raise Willow as her own.

Now, five years later, Eve is grieving her husband’s death and making reluctant plans to sell the family’s beloved summer home on Prince Edward Island. But a series of unexpected revelations will upend the family and rock three generations of women.

My Thoughts…

Who says sisters have to be best friends?     Zoe and Catherine are definitely not best friends, they are not even friends.    Yet, they have a relationship.    Catherine and her husband are the legal guardians of Zoe’s daughter.     The dynamics in this family is unique.     Catherine was closest to her father.   Zoe was her mother’s favorite.     Within this family, with every member of this family, there are secrets.    Deep secrets, scary secrets, and very personal secrets.      I love how Holly Robinson did not just lay it all out there.   She let each character develop at their own pace and reveal their lives in their own ways.     Some of the developing was done with the assistance of others; some was done on their own.    But all of it made each character unique, relatable, and someone I grew to care for.   

I was immediate pulled into this story.   I loved the settings of Canada and Prince Edward Island.    The fact that it was small town and everyone knew everyone else made it perfect.     I could picture the wallpaper in the house, how the yard looked, and what the view was from the backyard.     The feel of the sand in my toes, even the cold water splashing around my ankles made this story so real.     As I read the words, the scenes played in my mind like a movie.     This does not always happen, but when it does you know you have a winner of a story.   

This is my second Holly Robinson book.   She has now become an author I look forward to more from and would never hesitate to recommend.    Check out Chance Harbor.  

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