Lifelong Vineyarder Rita Blair-Rollins is more than a
little surprised at old Doc Hastings's proposal. A former
waitress, summer cottage housekeeper, and real-estate
saleswoman, now the harried mother of rambunctious twin
toddlers, daughter of a cantankerous mother, and wife of a
saint, Rita thinks she is far from the perfect role model
to head a breast cancer support group. But Doc Hastings
needs her-her help could result in a much-needed women's
center for the island. Rita sets aside her hectic life and
plunges into a world of secrets, lies, and hope, where even
her own past cannot stay hidden long.
The women begin as strangers: Katie, the vibrant, violet-
eyed rock star who must choose between saving her own life
and the life of her unborn child; Hannah, the selfless
housewife who finds herself abandoned by her friends just
when she needs them most; and Faye, the wealthy marketing
executive who thought she'd already survived the greatest
fight of her life.
Before the summer ends, these women will form a lasting
bond. For Rita, it will be a season of bittersweet
discovery-a summer when old hurts are finally healed and
love becomes rekindled as life begins anew....
No one captures the tide of a woman's heart quite like Jean
Stone in her highly acclaimed novels set on New England's
celebrated island, Martha's Vineyard.
This new novel brings back one of the author's most
memorable characters, Rita Blair-Rollins. Rita reluctantly
meets three courageous women whose struggles ultimately
change her life and reveal startling truths about the
people and places she only thought she knew....