Synopses & Reviews
New from the author of Beach Plum Island... A natural-born storyteller presents a gripping story about grief, anger, and the healing power of love.
Sydney Bishop hasnt returned to Haven Lake, her idyllic childhood home, since a pair of shocking, tragic deaths shattered her family when she was only sixteen. Now a child psychologist engaged to marry a successful surgeon, Sydney has worked hard to build a relationship with Dylan, her fiancés teenage son, so she feels nothing but empathy when he runs awayuntil she discovers that his hitchhiking journey has led him to Haven Lake and her mother Hannahs sheep farm.
Sydney returns to Haven Lake for the first time in twenty years to coax the boy home. Against her daughters wishes, Hannah offers to take Dylan in until hes ready to reveal his own troubling secrets. Now, for Dylans sake as well as their own, Sydney and Hannah must confront the devastating events that tore them apart and answer the questions that still haunt their familyand the suspicious surrounding communityabout what really caused two people to die on their farm those many years ago.
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Praise for Beach Plum Island
“In this absorbing, big-hearted novel, Holly Robinson explores sibling bonds, love in middle age, and the intricate dance of a blended family. The painful past is everywhere in Beach Plum Island, but the present moment shines through.”—Elizabeth Graver, author of The End of the Point
“In Beach Plum Island, Holly Robinson's rich details transport you to picturesque New England and right into the core of the conflicted Barrett family. Robinson tugs at your emotions from the viewpoint of the three complex and very different Barrett sisters, through whom the author deftly explores grief, secrets, and shunned family ties. This story reveals the way people become stronger when they are together rather than apart, and proves that it is never too late to become a family. Beach Plum Island is a triumphant family saga filled with heart and hope. I couldn't put it down!”—Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Glass Wives
“Holly Robinson is a natural-born storyteller and her tale of three mismatched sisters and the lost brother they search for will keep you turning those pages as she quietly but deftly breaks your heart. I loved every single one of her characters and you will too; here is a novel to savor and share.”—Yona Zeldis McDonough, author of Two of A Kind
Praise for The Wishing Hill
“A luminous novel of buried secrets.”—New York Times bestselling author Caroline Leavitt
"A story about love, loss, secrets, and finding out where we're really supposed to be."—Maddie Dawson, author of The Stuff that Never Happened
"A novel that sings: of love for a child, regret for a life, and the quiet triumphs of survival and finding each other again."—Susan Straight, National Book Award nominee for Highwire Moon and author of Between Heaven and Here
"Vivid [and] compassionate."—Margot Livesey
Praise for Holly Robinsons Novels
“Who and what make us who we really are? In Robinsons luminous novel of buried secrets, she explores how the past can jump-start the future, how motherhood can be more than genetics, and why finding yourself sometimes depends on discovering the truth in others.”—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow
“Holly Robinson is a natural-born storyteller and her tale of three mismatched sisters and the lost brother they search for will keep you turning those pages as she quietly but deftly breaks your heart. I loved every single one of her characters and you will too; here is a novel to savor and share.”—Yona Zeldis McDonough, author of You Were Meant for Me
“A story about love, loss, secrets, and finding out where were really supposed to be in our lives.”—Maddie Dawson, Author of The Stuff That Never Happened
“[An] absorbing, big-hearted novel.”—Elizabeth Graver, author of The End of the Point
“Robinson masterfully paints the portrait of a damaged family in the quake of a tragedy...This novel is a thoughtful exploration of the fragility, and the tenacity, of the ties that bind.”—T. Greenwood, author of Bodies of Water
Your brother should know the truth.”
These are the last cryptic words that Ava Barretts father says before he dies. But Ava doesnt have a brother, as far as she knows, so how can she tell him the truth? She dismisses the conversation and dedicates herself to bringing her family together for her fathers funeral. This is no easy task, since her sister, Elaine, has been estranged from the family and still harbors resentment against their stepmother and half-sister, Gigi. Ava, on the other hand, is a single mother who sees Gigi as a troubled teen in need of love and connection.
Ava, too, could use more love in her life and finds it where she least expects it. But the biggest surprise of all is that Gigi holds the key to the mystery surrounding her fathers dying words, and joins Ava in uncovering a secret that rapidly unravels the very fabric of their entire family
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About the Author
Holly Robinson is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Huffington Post, Ladies' Home Journal, More, Open Salon, and Parents. She is the author of one previous novel, The Wishing Hill and a memoir, The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter. Robinson holds a B.A. in biology from Clark University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She and her husband have five children, two cats, a grumpy hamster, and two very stubborn small dogs.