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Following a bitter divorce, including a wrenching breakup with her mother, Ashley now lives with her overprotective father. She has become acquainted one trouble-making friend, holds herself responsible for another friends suicide, and her grades are suffering as a result.
The story begins as Ashley's father, Aaron, a financial executive, is required to spend five mid-summer weeks in London where his company is negotiating a take over by an English firm. Needing someone to look after Ashley in his absence, he decides to send his daughter to her recently widowed grandmother's home in the fictional western Colorado town of Seligton.
Fortunately, Ashley's sixty-seven year-old grandmother Deborah, or Nana as Ashley calls her, is fashioned of the right stuff. Sensing that her granddaughter's life is not going well, Deborah slowly gains Ashley's trust, even while keeping her from dwelling on her troubles by scheduling a full slate of physical activities, including swimming, hiking and rock climbing.
And as Ashley's confidence returns, she begins to appreciate that her Grandmother has her own concerns. Indeed, as the first anniversary of death of David, Deborah's husband and Ashley's grandfather, approaches, Ashley becomes aware that something is bothering Nana. When Nana asks Ashley if she would be up for a back packing trip to the area where David died, Ashley, who has never spent a night out in the wild, willingly complies. Their plan is to light a yahrzeit candle--the Bachmans are Jewish-- for David, a kind and intelligent man with a keen sense of humor
On the trek, although the mountains are majestic, big trouble soon ensues, and the true natures of Ashley and Deborah become brightly illuminated.
Although starting slowly, Memories & Secrets builds to an engrossing and emotional conclusion. I must admit, the final pages brought a happy, not sad, tear to my eye.