The McCarthy girls, Dar, Delia and Rory, spent their summers at their mother's beach house on Martha's Vineyard. The house and property had been passed down through the family for generations, though Dar was the only one who still lived there.
But their mother had died after a lengthy illness, and the money that should have gone for the house's upkeep and taxes had gone to her care. The three sisters had resigned themselves to selling the house, and were meeting pack up the furnishings in preparation.
Dar still mourned her father, who had sailed to Ireland when she was twelve, searching for Something and promising to return when he found it. Though her sisters believed he had died, Dar nursed a hope that he was still alive. While clearing the house, Dar finds some letters from her father to her mother, which convinces her that he had indeed found what he was looking for, and that she and her sisters must visit his birthplace.
For a tale about families and their roots and ancestral birthrights, this is a fairly compact volume at less than 300 pages. Publishers are tending not to publish the weighty tomes they did 10 or 15 years ago, but there's something about this book that feels like there should be more.
But what is here is enjoyable. Rice has created characters that the reader really cares and wants to know more about, particularly Dar.
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*FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher, who sent me a copy of the book for review purposes and for sponsoring the giveaway.