When Liz Hoole, a free-spirited liberal from the Midwest, marries into a conservative Quaker family, she knows that raising children in compliance with Quaker values will be challenging. Twenty-five years later, she still feels like she's falling short of expectations. Fortunately, her faith and her friends in the small, rural North Carolina town of Cedar Branch keep her strong.
After her best friend's politically powerful father dies, Liz stumbles upon secrets from the past that threaten to unravel the current harmony in Cedar Branch, a town with a history of racial tension. As she researches more and eavesdrops on gossip at the Quaker Café, where everyone meets each morning, Liz soon discovers the truth about an injustice that she cannot reveal to anyone - not even her husband.
Surrounded by a cast of richly drawn Southern characters, Liz learns that even good people can make bad choices. Now, she must decide whether she has the strength to bring a past wrong to light, despite the consequences.
This is a new release of a previously published edition.
©2014 Brenda Bevan Remmes (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Hazel on 26-08-17

Second time of listening

This book is a delight, the reading is totally in tune with the writing. I laughed out loud, bit my lip at cutting remarks, and was in wonder at endless patience. The story wove its way smoothly enticing me onward. It was hard to stop listening despite having read the book and listened to the Audible version previously. A joy to have and will be returned to, thank you Audible.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 20-08-16

Repercussions of a clandestine love affair

I restarted this book a few times before finally ploughing my way to the end. The storyline is set in a small-time Quaker community, divided by religious and racial differences. A clandestine love affair in the past resulted in an innocent black man being lynched and the repercussions of this have simmered over the years. When Judge Corbett Kendall dies, dark secrets from this event are discovered that threaten to rock the delicate balance of racial harmony.

Although I found the writing dull and tedious, the storyline did give me an insight into the Quaker way of life and the lasting complexities of religious and racial issues in communities of the South after the abolishment of slavery.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 25-11-15

Misses The Mark For Me

I could not connect or relate to this story or the characters depicted. I know numerous Quakers and have attended meeting for worship as a guest many times. I have never encountered people like the ones in this book. The story seemed overly contrived and limited in depth and understanding. One dimensional with narration that at times was difficult to follow.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Belinda on 15-08-15

Built up to go nowhere

I liked the basic premise of the book but didn't like how it ended; the main "situation" of the story didn't resolve for me, for others it may.
The narration became confusing at times with the wrong "voice" being used for characters when multiple people where in a conversation. I wanted to be left wanting more...
but wasn't.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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