by Diane Chamberlain

February 2005
ISBN: 0-7783-2146-0
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Julie Bauer grew up devouring Nancy Drew novels, and collecting her own sets of clues which she kept buried in the sand at the family summer retreat on the Jersey Shore. It’s no wonder that as an adult she spends her days inside her house penning her own famous mystery series. However, an unexpected knock on Julie’s front door will open up a long dead mystery for Julie and bring back an onset of painful memories.

Forty years ago while vacation at the family retreat, Julie’s sister ended up dead. One man was sent to prison for that crime, but now a young woman is standing on her doorstep holding a letter that might prove the wrong man was arrested for the crime.

Her guest is the daughter of her long ago neighbor Ethan, and the letter was written by her uncle Nick who’d recently died. Not only will the letter draw Julie and her sister Lucy’s memories back to the endless days of summer that they enjoyed as children, it will put Julie back in touch with an Ethan that she can’t even recognize. Gone is the small nerdy kid she remembers and in his place is a very grown, very handsome man.

As Julie and Ethan work together to find out what really happened that summer night, they will end up digging up some even older family secrets which might prove very helpful in discovering who killed Izzy and just what Ethan’s brother knew about it.

If I’d read this book before knowing who the author was, it wouldn’t have taken me long to identify the author on my own. Diane Chamberlain has a wonderful way of developing a story which involves past secrets and old mysteries, and then mixing in a touch of romance for her modern day characters. This new book will in no way disappoint this author’s fans.

Reviewed in January 2005 by Shelby.

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