ABOUT THE BOOK
Years ago, Mary Margaret Sullivan changed her name, boxed up her previous life, moved into the Eagle Gate Apartments, and hid her painful memories in her chicken-wire storage unit in the basement. But secrets have an inconvenient way of surfacing when least expected.
Three weeks before Christmas, an elegant man in a penthouse, a young woman named Carly—homeless and ill with pneumonia—and two calculating thieves invade Maggie’s carefully reconstructed life, and in different ways, each is connected to Maggie’s difficult past. As Maggie and friends nurse Carly back to health, hearts begin to heal with a hope for the future. But all is not as it seems. When faced with the shocking truth, Maggie must rely on her wits, her friends, and her own strength as never before.
This is another new to me author and I can say I honestly enjoyed this book.
Annette Haws has done a wonderful job with the characters' feelings and I felt their pain, secrets, and love and yes sometimes anger coming through the book.
I think the thing I've found out is that you can never hide your pain, past or whatever the case may be because it just follows you through life.
You might be able to box up your personal items but not your feelings. Our past defines us in who we are and eventually secrets leak out. Sometimes even though we don't want to letting secrets out can be healing even though hurtful at times. But in the end it relieves us at the same time.
Friends are harder to trust. A true friend is harder to find but once you do, hang on to them. They are precious and sometimes when you just need someone to talk to they will keep your confidence no matter what.
I could feel Carlys pain.
I was an outcast at school.. Always being made fun of no matter what the case may be that day. Heck, I even had drumsticks thrown at me in marching band one afternoon. Did it hurt yes it hurt so I did the only thing that was instinct. I threw them back at the drummer and hit him right square in the nose. He never bothered me afterwards but I can't say that the others did.
I did have one good friend and he kept me insane. Always loyal no matter what. But as life tends to do we drifted apart after high school. I run into him from time to time.
I fell in love with these beautiful flawed people in this story. They had me intrigued. I was swept into the story before I knew what happened and was finished the same day.
Did I cry some? Yes, I did!
Maggie is a tremendous woman and a strong woman but even she needed her friends at times. I admired her very much and at times ( I know this is silly) but I felt like she was my grandmother on my moms side. I wanted to reach though the book and give her a big fat hug!!
I think it's sad that kids want to put their parents away and never having anything to do with them anymore because they get old and can't take care of themselves. I mean, It's wrong. After all, they raised us and gave us all they had and loved us unconditionally. Why can't we do the same for them? Makes me glad that my grandparents were spared that. They died peacefully at home.
This story isn't what I usually read but something or someone called me to read it and I'm sure glad I did!! I went on an adventure of a lifetime!!
This story has so so many interesting places in it that you'll want to discover them all. Therefore, you not want to put this book down until you finish it. I may reread it again in the near future.
I highly recommend this book. It's so good!!
My thanks to Covenant Communications for a copy of this beautiful book and NO compensations were received. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Annette Haws’s literary strengths are based upon her experiences in the classroom. She began her teaching career as a junior high teacher in Richmond, Utah and ended it teaching Sophomore English at Murray High School in Salt Lake City. However, her favorite assignment was a five year period at Logan High School teaching English, coaching debate and mock trial, and watching the antics of her own three children who were also students in the same school.