The Edge of Summer
Author: Viola Shipman
Publication Date: July 12, 2022
Publisher: Graydon House
Bestselling author Viola Shipman delights with this captivating summertime escape set along the sparkling shores of Lake Michigan, where a woman searches for clues to her secretive mother’s past
Devastated by the sudden death of her mother—a quiet, loving and intensely private Southern seamstress called Miss Mabel, who overflowed with pearls of Ozarks wisdom but never spoke of her own family—Sutton Douglas makes the impulsive decision to pack up and head north to the Michigan resort town where she believes she’ll find answers to the lifelong questions she’s had about not only her mother’s past but also her own place in the world.
Recalling Miss Mabel’s sewing notions that were her childhood toys, Sutton buys a collection of buttons at an estate sale from Bonnie Lyons, the imposing matriarch of the lakeside community. Propelled by a handful of trinkets left behind by her mother and glimpses into the history of the magical lakeshore town, Sutton becomes tantalized by the possibility that Bonnie is the grandmother she never knew. But is she? As Sutton cautiously befriends Bonnie and is taken
into her confidence, she begins to uncover the secrets about her family that Miss Mabel so carefully hid, and about the role that Sutton herself unwittingly played in it all.
When Sutton’s mother passes away from Covid, it sends her into a tail spin and she is lost. She loses her job because of the Covid shut down so she decides to find out her mysterious family history. She heads off to the shores of Lake Michigan is search of elusive buttons and long held secrets.
Sutton is a character in which my heart went out to on more than one occasion. But, she is tough. I love how she reinvents herself and her career. She has grown up poor in the Ozarks but she becomes a owner of her own brand called Sutton’s Buttons in Chicago. However, she has always known there is something her mother is not telling her. So, she takes advantage of her job loss to investigate her mothers past.
I have been a fan of Viola Shipman since I read my first book. And this book is so dang good! Now, I was a bit hesitant at the first. There is a lot of buttons and sewing going on but it all comes together. Nothing like family secrets to keep the story moving. The emotional tension which builds throughout this story is definitely intense and will keep your emotions all over the place!
Need a fabulous summer read…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
About the Author
VIOLA SHIPMAN is the pen name for internationally bestselling author Wade Rouse. Wade is the author of fourteen books, which have been translated into 21 languages and sold over a million copies around the world. Wade chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman as a pen name to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his fiction. The last Viola Shipman novel, The Secret of Snow (October 2021), was named a Best Book of Fall by Country Living Magazine and a Best Holiday Book by Good Housekeeping.
Wade hosts the popular Facebook Live literary happy hour, “Wine & Words with Wade,” every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. EST on the Viola Shipman author page where he talks writing, inspiration and welcomes bestselling authors and publishing insiders.
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