Remembering the past can be like buying a return ticket for a train you aren't sure you want to board.
Rocking away on her peaceful front porch, Betty Grafton receives sad news which forces her to relive the darkest moments of her life. Surrounded by her family, a captive audience hanging onto her every word, she weaves the tale of how an unlikely and controversial friendship shaped her into the woman she is today. Exposing her own mistakes, fears, and soul deep heartbreak, Betty shares the hard truth about growing up in the South in the 1960's.
Though the years have blown by with hurricane force, the ache in her heart feels fresh. The threat of harm still chills her to the core. But the joy of friendship continues to sustain her.
Looking back can seem daunting. Moving forward can seem impossible.
With an old friend back in her life, will Betty hold on to yesterday even if it tears her apart?
The past can’t be rewritten, but the world can be changed—especially if Betty and her family in Edenville have anything to do with it.
When you focus on just one thing, one person, and one goal for so long, you’ll do just about anything to make it happen. Frankie Cooper has grown up surrounded by her outrageously eccentric family in the suffocatingly small town of Edenville North Carolina. The problem is, even after her eighteenth birthday no one is ready to admit she’s actually an adult. No matter how much she reminds them that it’s not technically "running away" when she hops on a train and heads for the other side of the country, they just can’t seem to let her go.
But when she’s finally in the arms of the man she’s been dreaming about, none of that matters. She’s been in love with Maxwell for years and nothing will get in the way of her starting her life with him. All she needs to do is prove to her family how capable she is and surely they’ll learn to let her go. What better way to do that than to crack open a seventeen year old cold case with some investigation skills she’s been honing on her way to a career in journalism.
Will she finally convince her family she’s ready to be on her own or will she come crashing back to reality and realize she’s thrown a match on the bridges that should lead her back home?