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From big apple occasions bestselling writer A. Manette Ansay comes an unforgettable tale of 2 households united via tragedy -- and one woman's deeply emotional trip towards a call she'd by no means concept attainable. On a standard morning in Fox Harbor, Wisconsin, Meg and Rex Van Dorn's lives are irrevocably altered while a under the influence of alcohol motive force -- Meg's onetime ally, Cindy Ann Kreisler -- slams into the Van Dorns' vehicle, killing their six-year-old son, Evan. As Meg recovers from her personal accidents, she and Rex are stunned while Cindy Ann gets an insignificant slap at the wrist. of their rage and grief, they purchase a ship to sail world wide, hoping to place as a lot distance as attainable among themselves and Cindy Ann. but if Meg returns to Fox Harbor for a kinfolk marriage ceremony, she's compelled to stand the advanced ties that bind her to the lady who has destroyed her peace.
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Five minutes later, I followed Rex aboard, clutching the bottle of cleaning solution like a housewarming bouquet. ” The Hales, we learned, had been living aboard Rubicon for nine years. At the end of each summer, they headed south to the Caribbean; in spring, they made their way north again, eventually arriving in New Bern, North Carolina, where they owned some property. This year, their departure had been delayed by a medical appointment, but Bernadette was still hoping they’d make Houndfish Cay— another four hundred miles to the south—before hurricane season started in earnest.
Are you Angela? Yes? Your father wants you to know about the kitchen door—does this make sense? Yes? He’s telling you everything’s all right now, you shouldn’t worry. Do you understand this message? I’d been raised on stories about the saints, visions of angels, the literal voice of God. After the funeral, after my injuries healed, after my parents returned to Florida and Rex went back to work, I’d been stunned by the mounting silence that followed, day after day, in which I saw nothing, sensed nothing; in which even my dreams were meaningless, gray.
Rough white patches appeared along its sides. ” “Rex has experience—” I began. “Working on a cruise ship? Sailing with his dad? ” Toby flicked the angel into the sick tank, where a stunned-looking molly already swam in circles. “This is the big, bad ocean, Cowboy. ” I glared at him, the age gap between us swelling—a deep, dividing stream—from a trickle to a roar. He wasn’t taking me seriously. He wasn’t being fair. As a child, I’d idolized him, longed for his 36 ~ A. M A N ET TE A NSAY approval, blushed helplessly at his rare, lasting compliments.