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Into the shop one day, walks the snobbish Renata Pearl Channing. Who is she and why on earth is she visiting a flea market? Grandpa knows something but isn't telling. The local newspaper mentions the 25th anniversary of the local tragic drowning.
Julie's best friend, Sandy, has just got a new job working for Micah Hobart. Micah is a property developer who has just purchased an old abandoned resort, Pearls Along the Lake, from Renata, planning on tearing it all down and building a new resort.
How were Micah and Renata linked in the past? Will Renata interfere when Micah and Julie start seeing each other?
As Julie looks through her photo album again which starts when Julie was 3 1/2, the age she came to live with Grandpa, she knows she has to try and find out who she really is.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a clean book, based on Christian principles. Julie and Grandpa are involved with their local church and although we see Micah really struggle with forgiveness, Julie, when she realizes, does not give up telling Micah that God is the only answer.
My only negative comment about the book would be that in some ways the ending leaves you guessing. I don't want to give anything away but in a way, you have to decide yourself what the ending is. It is not made clear by the author - very subtle. Enjoyable read though and a book I would recommend. 4.5 stars
I loved the first person point of view. I know that it isn't always popular with readers but I love the way it gets me inside Julie's head in particular. Her words just flowed into me until I felt like I was living her life.
And there's a bit of a mystery...well, a lot of a mystery, actually. I loved the way it is slowly revealed between past and present scenes. It was an excruciating wait to uncover everything and just when I thought I had...BAM...the author sucker punched me in the last chapter!!!! But it was brilliant because the whole story is about celebrating who you are and how you got there; looking ahead to the future, not behind at the past. It's about being rooted in relationships that can build you up or tear you down. It's about how the choices we make determine the life we live. Powerful stuff and Johnson tells the story so well.
A stunning read that will linger with me for a long time to come.
Julie became interested in a news article in the local paper, about a tragedy that occurred 20+ years before when a little girl drowned in the lake. Why the article held her attention, she didn’t know, but when her grandfather behaved strangely, she knew there was more than meets the eye. And when Renata Pearl Channing, an obviously classy, wealthy woman, niece to a regular customer, showed up in the flea market, Julie’s curiosity was piqued. After all, how many women of their generation would have Pearl as a middle name, one that Renata Channing admitted was a family name for her?
Julie and her best friend, Sandy’s, boyfriend, Clifton, went out to explore the location where the resort had been located from where the little girl was thought drowned 25 years before. The Pearl family had owned and operated Pearls Along the Lake. With a mentally ill mother, a father who made the best of the situation, a restless teenager, and a toddler, it was a family that could no longer cope when the toddler disappeared in the lake. Julie found a stray mother dog and was determined to rescue her and her pups until the new owner of the resort property was determined to run off the trespassers. Micah Hobart was starting to demo the old resort to build a luxury vacation condo development.
Julie, after a restless chain of events, left for several days to try to understand what to do with her life with a stuffed envelope from her grandfather that might help her – or might open many new questions. And when Julie put together the pieces her grandfather gave her, she showed up at the door of Renata Channing, who might be – her big sister? A troubled, wealthy woman with secrets who had mental health challenges of her own, wife of a very wealthy man who was usually “travelling for his job”.
Would Julie’s faith, encouraged strongly by her grandfather, and her upbringing see her through the upcoming challenges? Where was the better place to live – the flea market or the mansion – and who was Julie’s real family?
“Do you really think God has left it up to you to do what only He can do?”
“Much as I’ve wished the exact same thing, I been praying hard about it, and I got the strongest feeling deep in my soul that the Lord has a higher purpose for what’s happened here.”
This reader very much enjoyed this novel! It was hard to put down, and I read it on my phone when not at home to use my tablet. I would highly recommend this book to young adult and adult readers of any age who enjoy a Christian family drama, mystery, and romance. It would be great to see a follow up to this novel!
CON: I hated how it ended. When you think it is ending on a happy note, she sees the DNA report, tears it up & throws it away - SO even though your thoughts are thinking maybe she is - or maybe she isn't - but you never know for certain.