Miranda Schuyler has just arrived back home to Winthrop Island to hide away from her life just a bit. She just wants some quiet, to try to repair her relationship with her mother and her half-sister – if possible – and to heal, both physically and emotionally. What she doesn’t expect is that on arriving back here, all of her memories and the emotions tied to them would come flooding back as well. And with them, much of her understanding of her world might just be turned upside-down.
Beatriz Williams creates the most wonderful female characters – they are strong, smart, witty, and often rebellious without ever losing their femininity or grace. They are characters who drive the plot, who outwit the demons, and who, while we guess will be victorious in the end, we never know exactly how. There are always clever plot twists and there are sometimes dark details, but there is always a lightness and humor in the telling. And Miranda, with her story, certainly falls in line with this pattern.
Williams also utilizes the shifting of voices and of time to build the story from various vantage points. I love this technique. I find this builds suspense and keeps the motion of the story moving forward, even when we’re essentially hearing backstory. It enriches both the story and the people in it and deepens our understanding of both. Because sometimes it isn’t the “what” that is the mystery of the story but the “why” – and here is a good example of that.
I really enjoyed this book – and am hoping to read all of her books at some point!