The New York Times bestselling author of A Long
Time Gone now explores a Southern familyâ€™s buried
history, which will change the life of the woman who
unearths it, secret by shattering secret.
been two years since the death of Merritt Heywardâ€™s husband,
Cal, when she receives unexpected newsâ€”Calâ€™s family home in
Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Calâ€™s reclusive
grandmother, now belongs to Merritt.
course of an uncertain lifeâ€”and feeling guilt from her
husbandâ€™s tragic deathâ€”Merritt travels from her home in
Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Calâ€™s unspoken-of
past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral
Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now
Merrittâ€™s, will change and define her as she navigates her
new lifeâ€”a new life complicated by the arrival of her too
young stepmother and ten-year-old half-brother.
in this house of strangers, Merritt is forced into
unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own
fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the