Book synopsis(via Goodreads):
A young girl searches for a mother's love amid unfolding secrets, in this riveting and emotionally complex novel from acclaimed author Sherri Wood Emmons. The summer that her father falls in love with Emma, Jenny Bohner is just turning eleven. Jenny was three when her mother died, and since then Brannon Bohner has traveled with his daughter from one seasonal job to another, picking up girlfriends along the way. Cara, Ami, Trish--all were sweet and kind, but none ever stayed for long. Somehow Emma is different, traveling with them from Idaho to Kentucky, filling Jenny with hopes of a real family at last.
Emma's warmth and optimism are contagious, defusing Brannon's flashes of temper and making their first weeks together everything Jenny has dreamed of. Yet something still troubles her, surfacing through years of memories--tempting her from within boxes Jenny has been told never to touch, filled with hidden mementoes from long ago. And somewhere among them Jenny will find answers that compel her to choose--between the home she longs for, the love she craves, and the hard truth she can no longer ignore. . .
***Many thanks to Net Galley and Kensington books for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***
This insomniac's opinion:
LOVED the first 3/4's of the novel, with likable characters and slowly building suspense. However, I was truly unable to suspend my disbelief of the drama at the end. It felt as though the author was contriving to have too many loose ends tied up all in one dramatic final scene and it absolutely lost credibility. Still, highly readable and I would recommend it if you enjoy suspenseful novels.
Rating: 3 stars
Worth staying up all night to read?
It is, even with the flaws. Good, suspenseful read.