Amy Mason Doan
On Sale Date: June 29, 2021 9781525804670, 1525804677 Trade Paperback
$16.99 USD, $21.99 CAD
Fiction / Women/ Coming of Age 368 pages
About the Book:
ONE ICONIC FAMILY. ONE SUMMER OF SECRETS. THE DAZZLING SPIRIT OF 1970S CALIFORNIA.
For Jackie Pierce, everything changed the summer of 1979, when she spent three months of infinite freedom at her bohemian uncle’s sprawling estate on the California coast. As musicians, artists, and free spirits gathered at The Sandcastle for the season in pursuit of inspiration and communal living, Jackie and her cousin Willa fell into a fast friendship, testing their limits along the rocky beach and in the wild woods… until the summer abruptly ended in tragedy, and Willa silently slipped away into the night.
Twenty years later, Jackie unexpectedly inherits The Sandcastle and returns to the iconic estate for a short visit to ready it for sale. But she reluctantly extends her stay when she learns that, before her death, her estranged aunt had promised an up-and-coming producer he could record a tribute album to her late uncle at the property’s studio. As her musical guests bring the place to life again with their sun-drenched beach days and late-night bonfires, Jackie begins to notice startling parallels to that summer long ago. And when a piece of the past resurfaces and sparks new questions about Willa’s disappearance, Jackie must discover if the dark secret she’s kept ever since is even the truth at all.
Jackie has just learned she has inherited The Sandcastle from her aunt and uncle. When she returns to the estate, she realizes her past is there to haunt her. She is not sure she wants to remember or face her dark secret.
Back in 1979, Jackie has been sent to her Uncle’s for the summer. She has never met him or his family. But Jackie and Willa, her cousin, become fast friends after a rough start. They have a free and easy summer, until one day Jackie discovers the family secret. She and Willa concoct a plan to change things…it ends up changing their whole world.
Oh wow! What a fantastic novel. I fell hook, line, and sinker right from the start. The setting of the house and the communal living is very unique. Plus, the music references and the music business is fascinating. Add the wonderful characters along with the mystery and you have a five star story!
Need a novel which you cannot put down…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
About the Author:
AMY MASON DOAN is the author of The Summer List and Summer Hours. She earned a BA in English from UC Berkeley and an MA in journalism from Stanford University, and has written for The Oregonian, San Francisco Chronicle, and Forbes, among other publications. She grew up in Danville, California, and now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter.
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Yay – Happy to see this was a five star for you Reeca! I just bought this thanks to your great review! 💛
Oh girl! I can’t wait to hear what you think!