Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Goodreads: Nine-year-old Carrie Parker and her mother, Libby, are making a fresh start in the small town of Hartsville, North Carolina, ready to put their turbulent past behind them. Violence has shattered their family and left Libby nearly unable to cope. And while Carrie once took comfort in her beloved sister, Emma, her mother has now forbidden even the mention of her name.
When Carrie meets Ruth, Honor, and Cricket Chaplin, these three generations of warmhearted women seem to have the loving home Carrie has always dreamed of. But as Carrie and Cricket become fast friends, neither can escape the pull of their families’ secrets—and uncovering the truth will transform the Chaplins and the Parkers forever.
Kritters Thoughts: This story picks up where Me & Emma ends, mother and daughter must pick up and move away from home and start somewhere new with nothing. As heart wrenching as it was to read the first book and the abuse, but with the men out of the picture, this book was better. Although her mother can be abusive, it wasn't as hard to read as the men in the first book.
This book had a little extra with another character taking center stage and a voice to parts of the book. At times, we had another narrator in the mother of young Cricket - Honor. I absolutely adored having another perspective on the story and someone else to take the story to a new place. It made this sequel beyond the first book.
My review of the prequel - Me & Emma was posted here on Kritters Ramblings on September 20th.
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.