Weaving historical detail into a rich story about sisterhood, White takes a fascinating look at the interplay of social upheavals in Nova Scotia in 1940s and ‘50s as she tells the story of three best friends’ struggles to traverse the up and downs of their chaotic lives. The close friends, Holly, Pearl, and Augustine, find their lives turn upside down when boys enter their lives. A tragic incident separates the friends, and they vow not to cross each other’s path again. But fate has some other plan for the soul-sisters. White’s expertly paced, meticulously researched narrative skillfully brings the idyllic small-town setting of Cliff Harbour and her intriguing cast to life. The friends’ transition from starry-eyed teens to mature women is enthralling as is the heart wrenching love story of Destiny. Intrigue is in plenty, and nearly every page is filled with fascinating period detail, including the ways of living, the harsh reality of segregation, gender unfairness, and Black oppression among others. Almost nonstop revelations combined with the assured prose and expert pacing make for a page-turning story pulsing with romance, heartache, and friendship. Surprising and uplifting at the same time, the novel makes for a gripping tale that readers will not be able to put down.
Categories: historical drama