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From the author of the sweet, airy novel (Publishers Weekly) The Color of Tea comes a resonant new book about a woman starting over following the tragic loss of her fianc.
Frankie is a runaway bride. Or rather, she is running away from her fiancs funeral, the unthinkable event that has thrown her entire life into crisis. Frankie and Alex were high school sweethearts and each others first loves. They should have been together forever. But Alex died in a surfing accident, and now Frankie is walking away from her family, driving north and east, letting her body do the thinking, all the way into the Cascade Mountain range.
At Alexs family cabin, Frankie can give in to her grief and think about nothing. There are no aunts trying feed her just a few polpette or just a taste of affogato, despite her lack of appetite; none of Alexs family around to look questioningly at her left ring finger, no one there to perform for. Except for Jack, the cabins caretaker, who has been tasked with forcing Frankie out of the property that isnt rightfully hers. And except for Bella, Frankies wild-child younger sister who deserted the family years ago only to reappear at Frankies lowest moment to dredge up painful memories from the past.
But Frankie learns she cant hidenot from her family, not from the past, and not from truths about Alex shed rather not face. The seasonal magic of the forest and its welcoming residents remind her that everythingflowers to bud, bread to rise, a heart to healtakes its own time. This stunning novel, from the author of The Color of Tea, is a feast for the senses, with a message of forgiveness, hope, and the many ways to find and give love.