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A USA Today Bestseller!
“One of the greatest riddles, it turns out, is a parent’s real life, the one not shown to children. …Skillful dialogue as well as brisk pacing and an effective resolution.”~Kirkus Reviews
“A captivating story filled with mystery, suspense, love, longing and family.” ~Readers’ Favorite (5 Stars)
“An incredibly satisfying novel.” ~Bibliotica (5 stars)
When Mary Reilly turns up in a hospital hundreds of miles from the senior community where she lives, Nell and Bridget discover their mother has been hiding a second life. She has a lakeside cottage in Vermont and a series of complex relationships with people her daughters have never met. The thread of mystery leads back to the middle of the 20th century, and knits together all three women, the sacrifices they’ve made and the secrets they carry.
Nell is a carpool mom and corporate trophy wife who yearns for a life of her own. Bridget is a glamorous interior designer who transforms herself for every new man, always attracted to the bad ones. Their mother Mary was an army nurse in the Vietnam War, then married handsome navy pilot Thomas Reilly and lived happily ever after…or did she? Her cottage is the vault for family secrets never suspected, and the gateway to change for her daughters.