Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This book was the best book I read in 2017 by far! It is going to be my pick for book club in June!
Willow Havens, a 10 year old girl is a little obsessive over the fear that her mother will die. Given the fact that her mother does happen to be the same age as most of our grandparents…Polly is anything but old and boring.
Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman who lives to shoot varmints, drink margaritas, and antagonize the neighbors and she sticks out like a sore thumb among the young modern mothers of their small conventional Texas town. She was in her late fifties when Willow was born, so Willow knows she’s here by accident, a late-life afterthought. Willow’s father died before she was born, her much older brother and sister are long grown and gone and failing elsewhere. It’s just her and bigger-than-life Polly.
Willow has no inkling to Polly’s past life before she came into the world. It’s her goal to find out the clues before…you know…her mother dies! Willow wants to know – why did Polly leave her hometown of Bethel, Louisiana, fifty years ago and vow never to return? Who is Garland Jones, her long-ago suitor who possibly killed a man? And will Polly be able to outrun the Bear, the illness that finally puts her on a collision course with her past?
This is a very highly recommend read! I loved every second of it!