Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This book wasn’t exactly what I thought it was, it was actually much better! This story follows three different generations, all part of a very prominent family. I usually don’t like books that flop between time periods and characters as I sometimes get them mixed up. For some reason or another this book didn’t pose these issues at all for me! Very well written!
The story begins with Kitty and Ogden Milton, the seemingly perfect family. Tragedy befalls them and Ogden decides to buy Kitty an island in Maine. This house on this island becomes a time piece for the Milton family year after year. Then something happens…….
Fast forward a bit and man named Len Levy gets a job in the Ogden’s bank. Len meets one of Ogden’s daughters and falls in love. His best friend also happens to be a colored man named Reg Pauling. For the time period, this was a bit frowned upon with all the racism going on at that time and both find themselves one night on the Milton’s island and then….something happens…….
Now we are in present day and the story is told through the eyes of Kitty’s granddaughter. A granddaughter and generation who are in line to inherit the island…although no one seems to be able to afford it, they may even have to sell it. Then, the past seems to sneak out of the waters surrounding the island and slowly engulfs their lives and secrets begin to come to light.