Fresh Hope for Shattered Lives
After her mother dies, Ann Maywood intends to tie up the loose ends of the debt-ridden family estate so she can return to Atlanta and her successful career in graphic design. First though, Ann must carry out Maggie’s last wish and help her younger brother and sister through the grieving process. A task that becomes nearly impossible when her sister blames Ann for their mother’s death, while their brilliant younger brother turns his back on the dreams the entire family has sacrificed so much to help him achieve.
For all their sakes, Ann puts her life in Atlanta on hold and stays in Hibiscus City where she undertakes the daunting job of readying the family home for sale. Soon, Ann is forced to choose between retreating to her comfortable, but lonely, life in Atlanta and staying put to fight for the people she loves. While her sister undermines her efforts at every turn and their brother keeps everyone at arm’s length, Ann questions whether she can ever find fresh hope for their shattered lives and re-build the bonds that once held the three siblings together.
The answer may lie in a series of photographs depicting their mother’s bravery during her long illness, but only if the three Maywoods can rely on one another long enough to recognize that they are stronger together than apart in this touching family saga by Leigh Duncan, winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award.