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Sequel to "Before the Storm",
This review is from: Secrets She Left Behind (Paperback)
Another fabulous book from Diane Chamberlain. When I ordered this book I wasn't aware it was a sequel, but it certainly stands alone as a great story (even without having read BTS).
The present day is now the year after fire at the youth club. The culprit has to face everybody in the community, and despite struggling with guilt wants to make it right again; not wallow in purely self-indulgent guilt. There is a lot of bitterness and a lot of blame apportioned in the community.
It sounds really heavy and depressing, but it isn't. The characters in the central family bring all the secrets out in the open. Their dialogues with eachother are real and heartwarming.