by Karen White
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Goodreads: Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people’s pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert of fine china—especially of Limoges—requires her to return to the one place she swore she’d never revisit...
It’s been thirteen years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed, except that there are fewer oysters and more tourists. She finds solace seeing her grandfather still toiling away in the apiary where she spent much of her childhood, but encountering her estranged mother and sister leaves her rattled.
Seeing them after all this time makes Georgia realize that something has been missing—and unless she finds a way to heal these rifts, she will forever be living vicariously through other people’s remnants. To embrace her own life—mistakes and all—she will have to find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past and the secrets she was forced to keep...
Kritters Thoughts: Georgia Chambers fled from home 10 years ago for a reason that the reader is left to find out. She is having to return home for work and her work reason will turn very personal.
First, I enjoyed this book, I just didn't love it. Rarely do I say this, but I felt as though this story could have been told in fewer pages. There were moments toward the middle where the story just kind of puttered and I wanted some action to take place to move things forward. The second half really picked up once the reader was made aware of all the secrets and the characters were learnings things too, but with the slowness of the middle I just couldn't completely love this one.
This is actually my first Karen White read and I own a few of her previous and I am definitely intrigued to read another to see if I just don't love her pacing or if this book is different from the others. Have you read Karen White? Which is your favorite? Where should I start with her backlist?
Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from Penguin Random House. 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.