Frieda shifted under the cool cotton sheets. She never thought she would be a single parent as her mother had been. She was well aware of all Ruby had sacrificed to raise a child with virtually no financial support from the child's father. Steve Hitchens. The man who defined n'er-do-well more precisely than anyone Frieda had ever known.
Ironically, the situation in which Frieda found herself, raising a child on her own, was all her fault. She had been the one to push for the idea of a big family vacation during spring break. Aaron had been reluctant to take the time off from the architecture firm where he had recently become a junior partner, but he had good-naturedly given in to Frieda's persuasions. "Sure," he had said. "Let's do it."
And that had been that. Decision made. Lives irrevocably altered.
Frieda yawned and turned out the light on her bedside table. She was so very tired.
Though she knew it was a futile gesture, she patted the empty space next to her in the crazy hope that she would find her husband by her side.
In bestselling author Holly Chamberlin’s poignant new novel, a mother and daughter escape to a beautiful coastal town in Maine to find healing in the wake of heartbreaking loss.
The journey to Yorktide, Maine, was always a happy one for Frieda and Aaron Braithwaite and their two daughters. Frieda loves her mother’s old farmhouse, and the girls have grown closer there, sharing a bedroom and spinning stories into the night. But that was before—when tragedy was something that happened to other families.
Since the car crash that claimed the lives of her husband, and their younger daughter, Frieda has struggled emotionally and financially. Bella, now seventeen, is withdrawn and wary, and Frieda fears losing her too.
At her mother’s urging, Frieda decides to return to Yorktide with Bella for the summer. Bella gets a job in a local shop, and little by little edges her way back into the world. But it’s the unexpected connections they make—with a former schoolmate, a troubled teenage girl, and Frieda’s estranged father—that will spur them to find healing amid bittersweet memories, and discover if their bond is strong enough to guide them back to hope once more.
Praise for the novels of Holly Chamberlin
“Chamberlin’s latest is a great summer read but with substance. It will find a wide audience in its exploration of sisterhood, family, and loss.”
– Library Journal on Summer with My Sisters
“Nostalgia over real-life friendships lost and regained pulls readers
into the story.”
—USA Today on Summer Friends