Every year on March 26th, Verity Peterson visits Ogunquit Beach, where she puts a handwritten message into a bottle and launches it into the waves. Itâs a ritual of remembrance for the daughter she hasnât seen in sixteen yearsânot since her babyâs father, Alan, took two-month-old Gemma and disappeared. Verity keeps searching and hoping, sustained by the thought that someday she might get to be a mother to her own child. And finally, one phone call may change everythingâ¦
Verity learns that Alan is now in jail on abduction chargesâand Marni Armstrong, born Gemma Peterson-Burns, is coming to live with Verity in Yorktide, Maine. But this isnât the joyful reunion Verity imagined. Gemma has been raised to believe Verity was an unfit mother who left Alan no choice but to take her out of harmâs way. Over the course of one summer, Verity tries to reach a tough, wary young woman whoâs more stranger than daughter. And Gemma must reexamine everything she thought about her parentsâand decide whether to trust in a relationship that, though delicate as a seashell on the surface, could prove to be just as beautiful and resilient.
Praise for the novels of Holly Chamberlin
âChamberlinâs latest is a great summer read but with substance. It will find a wide audience in its exploration of sisterhood, family, and loss.â â Library Journal on Summer With My Sisters
âNostalgia over real-life friendships lost and regained pulls readers
into the story.â - USA Today on Summer Friends
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