Sometimes, I go ‘off the cuff’ and wander around the library searching for a book that’s not on my Goodreads list. I try not to judge books by their cover or title, but let’s face it, I totally do. I picked this book up and upon reading that the story takes place in Maryland, I was sold.
Summary (from Goodreads):
Nelly Grace is starting over. With her two young sons, Nelly has fled to the simple stone house built by her great-grandfather in the moneyed horse country of Maryland in order to escape the grief of her husband’s death—and perhaps find a way back to her first love: photography. Easing her transition into this strange, mannered world is Emma Crofton, the grand matriarch of the foxhunting community, and Emma’s son, Dac, a handsome yet distant horse trainer. As Nelly slowly makes her way back to the camera, she must come to terms with her troubled relationship with her father, a photojournalist who chose fame over family. But when she finally sees him again, Nelly’s fragile new beginning is threatened by revelations of a secret past, and the fears that kept it hidden.
This book was compelling for me, partially because of it’s hometown ties, partially because of my interest in photography, and partially because the plotline is intriguing. A lighter read with the main story relating to Nelly’s relationships (with her father, her new community, and her children), I read this book fairly quickly, gasping at the twists and turns, relishing the triumphs, and staying interested until the very end.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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