“King’s vivid and charming portrayal of southern small-town life enriches this moving and genuine story of midlife revelations.”
“This book… ultimately asks: Is marriage worth the sacrifices and the risks? While King doesn’t provide any clear-cut answers, she does lay bare the fears that lurk inside the most outwardly happy wives.
A provocative treatise on the blessings and curses of marriage and middle age.”
“King delivers what her fans want—strong bonds, strong women characters and triumph over tragedy”
— Publishers Weekly
“…In telling Clare’s story, King skillfully weaves in just the right amount of detail at just the right time, while throwing in enough twists to keep the reader guessing.
… King manages to tell all of the primary characters’ stories without shortchanging any of them or allowing them to overshadow Clare. Each story threads in and out of the other stories as, together, they flow seamlessly toward the finish.
… readers who like a well-written novel with realistic, well-developed characters and a believable-yet-unpredictable plot should pick up King’s latest effort.”
— Florida Times-Union
“Like her Lowcountry neighbors, Anne Rivers Siddons and Mary Alice Monroe, King writes about women dealing with family crises and, in the process, growing stronger.
This is a positive book, determined to instruct readers not only in making it through the bad patches, but also in making good choices each step of the way.”
— The State (NC)
“King’s writing is as lush as the landscape she describes, and her novel is layered with symbolic imagery that reinforces the story she is telling. Readers will be compelled to take up temporary residence among the peculiar characters in Fairhope, Ala., from the very first page and will not want to leave until King has finished her insightful literary journey. …Call King the Queen of Southern Storytelling.”
— The Post and Courier (SC)