For generations, Aurelia was the crowning glory of more than three thousand acres of Iowa farmland and golden cornfields. The estate was a monument to matriarch Lavinia Hathaway’s dream to elevate the family name – no matter what relative or stranger she had to destroy in the process. It was a desperation that wrought the downfall of the Hathaways – and the once prosperous farm.
Now the last inhabitant of the decaying old home has died – alone. None of the surviving members of the Hathaway family want anything to do with the farm, the land, or the memories.
Especially Meredith Pincetti. Now living in New York City, for seventeen years Lavinia’s youngest grandchild has tried to forget everything about her family and her past. But with the receipt of a pleading letter, Meredith is again thrust into conflict with the legacy that destroyed her family’s once-great name. Back at Aurelia, Meredith must confront the rise and fall of the Hathaway family… and her own part in their mottled history.
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And I shuddered so violently, I had to clamp a hand over my mouth to stop myself from crying out.
“We’ll leave you to think about it. But please—” his voice retracted back into smooth professionalism “—don’t take too long.”
It took me three hours to find it. There was a lot of swearing, I tore a button off of my shirt and scratched my arm, but eventually I sat cross-legged on the carpet and smoothed the crackled plastic of the front before I opened the album.
Ava had packed it in my suitcase the night before I left for college, the night I found her in the rose garden. I had opened my trunk in my new dorm to find it slotted between my jeans and cut-off shorts.
I couldn’t bear to look at it for a long time. I had left it in the bottom of the trunk and when I had to repack for Mom’s funeral, I had tipped it out on the floor, daring only to look at it from the corner of my eye.
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This book was such an intense and well written read. The Hathaway family is the filled with dysfunction and the book chronicles this but it also chronicles the deep love felt for the family land. There were twist and turns in this book that took my by surprise and kept me frantically turning pages. I simply could not get enough of the rise and the fall of the Hathaways. Nelle Davy is a wonderfully descriptive writer and extremely adept at making her characters jump off the page. This is an excellent read and would make a terrific book club pick! Pick up your copy today on Amazon....
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