This is a really, really great book. The premise is four siblings are returning to the family vacation home in Maine to decide what to do with it. Their mother has recently died and all of them are suffering from the reality of her death. Each character is battling demons and harboring secrets, deep secrets, from each other.
There is such moving language describing the sea that surrounds the m=home and how its movement, depth, and color translates to the story.
It’s definitely not a one day easy read as there is so much depth to the characters and to their relationships with each other and to the memories of the house.
Alice has been deserted by her new husband just days into their honeymoon. Justin leaves a note that doesn’t explain anything. He refuses to reply to her texts or emails and n one she contacts even knows he’s left her.
Evelyn lives with the sad knowledge of the love she left a long time ago. It’s been a burden on her heart for years but at the time she felt she was doing the right thing.
Alice and Evelyn met at the art gallery Alice manages. Under the captivating painting, Cristina, by Wyett, the women forga a friendship based on Evelyn’s telling her story and of how the emotions parallel those of Alice.
Both Alice and Evelyn have emotional issues to resolve. Evelyn’s wisdom helps Alice to see her situation form a different light and maybe accept it.