New York Times bestselling author Karen White
crafts evocative relationships in this contemporary women's
fiction novel, set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina,
about lifelong friends who share a devastating secret.
On the banks of the North Santee River stands a moss-draped
oak that was once entrusted with the dreams of three young
girls. Into the tree's trunk, they placed their greatest
hopes, written on ribbons, for safekeeping—including the
most important one: Friends forever, come what may.
But life can waylay the best of intentions....
Nine years ago, a humiliated Larkin Lanier fled Georgetown,
South Carolina, knowing she could never go back. But when
she finds out that her mother has disappeared, she realizes
she has no choice but to return to the place she both loves
and dreads—and to the family and friends who never stopped
wishing for her to come home.
Ivy, Larkin's mother, is discovered badly injured and
unconscious in the burned-out wreckage of her ancestral
plantation home. No one knows why Ivy was there, but as
Larkin digs for answers, she uncovers secrets kept for
nearly fifty years—whispers of love, sacrifice, and
betrayal—that lead back to three girls on the brink of
womanhood who found their friendship tested in the most