Synopses & Reviews
When the person you've built your whole life around is gone, what do you do? It's not the first time Abby Stone has faced the question. At eighteen, she envisioned a future with her childhood sweetheart, Charlie, only to have him go off to school and leave a pregnant Abby behind. But that pales beside a second loss, when her eighteen-year-old son, Luke, falls to his death from his third-floor dorm.
Abby throws herself into running her thriving B&B on the coast of Maine. With the help of Rob, a local landscape architect, she plans a backyard labyrinth as a memorial to Luke — a place to find peace and solace. Even as Charlie begins hanging around again, looking for a chance to do right by her, Abby resolves to look forward, not back. And then Luke's girlfriend arrives on Abby's doorstep — pregnant, as alone as Abby once was — bringing with her the unexpected gift of a new beginning, one that celebrates the past.
Rich in emotion and insight, this beautifully written novel explores the depth of a mother's bond, resilience after unimaginable loss, and the way love's memory can fill the gaps in a shattered heart.
"What's Left Behind is an emotionally satisfying blend of heartache, hope, and happiness." Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Glass Wives
"A beautifully written tale of love, loss, and healing...that will fuel lively book club discussion!" Barbara Claypole White, award-winning author of The In-Between Hour
"A phenomenal testament of motherhood at its rawest, most beautiful core. What's Left Behind is a tale of love, sacrifice, and family that stayed with me long after the last page was turned."
Sharla Lovelace, award-winning author of The Reason Is You