Jennifer, a gutsy 16-year-old daughter, discovers she has an unknown aunt in Maine, and in her wish to know more about her and the why to this secret, helps solve a mystery. This wonderfully written first novel about a Midwest family, won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. It is multi-generational in its focus, and deals with loss, grief, a first love, and forgiveness. Though written with older teens in mind, it also appeals to adults because of the cross-generational focus. Mom, Dad, Aunt Sarah, and Little, an older woman in Maine, are well depicted and good to get to know. Nathan, another teen, is Jennifer’s challenging but supportive Maine friend who struggles with his own family issues. A wonderful family read. Recommended by Julie.
Jennifer is an only child, and so were her parents at least that's what she thinks, until she finds an old photo in the back of one of her mother's books. The woman in the photo looks just like Jennifer, down to the smattering of freckles across her nose. And her mother refuses to talk about it.