by Grace Sammons
A story told by a master storyteller
You will need a box of tissues while reading this beautiful novel about forgiveness, love lost and gained, and truth. I was initially drawn to the setting of The Eves—the history of the Maryland shore, the majestic Chesapeake, and the bustle of Washington, DC. Ms. Sammons painted the scenes beautifully without bogging down the story.
And what a story! Jessica Barnett tells her version of loss, the lies she tells, and the guarded avoidances. Her despair blinds her from the blessings of a beautiful friendship with Sonia, a relationship with Sonia’s daughter, and the budding love with handyman, Roy. Jessica’s life turns around when she meets a group of elders, women who, for a variety of serendipitous events, live together at The Eves, a sustainable community. Each character had a clear voice, a distinct presence and a story to tell and learn from. Jessica was tasked to hear and record their stories, their legacies, and eventually found the peace and courage to face her demons and let love enter her life.
The power of story weaves throughout the book. The only disappointment was learning that The Eves was a completely fictitious place. How I wish The Eves truly existed! What a gift it would be and the stories that could be told.
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