Peggy Chambers returns to Sandhill Island with the second story in her suspense series. After reading the first I knew this one would be filled with interesting characters and hopefully some old friends. I was happy to see a few people I had been introduced to in the previous story but I was disappointed that although there was mention of Meg we didn’t see her or have an update on her life. Billie’s story is tragic and heartbreaking. I loved how the author handled so many different serious issues without sugarcoating them and keeping the story interesting and entertaining. I enjoyed the strong friendship showcased in the story and the relationships between the friends and their respective mothers. Her budding relationship with the Winter Texan was beautiful to witness, he had his own issues and seeing Billie’s reaction to him was a pleasure. I enjoyed the realness, her vulnerabilities and her strengths. again I wish there had been more of a mystery to this book as you know who the adversary is straight away and there is no secrecy to his threat. But if you are looking for a beautiful story with strong characters and a lovely set this one is a fabulous choice.
The Story: Billie has returned home to Sandhill Island to heal after a drunk driver kills her husband and son. As she starts feeling better her mother is diagnosed with a deadly illness and then the driver who killed her family gets out of prison and starts harassing her. Will she ever feel better again?
There’s a new jazz singer on Sandhill Island. Billie Stone, named for the late jazz great, Billie Holiday, has her own set of pipes. She grew up on Sandhill Island and has come back home to heal her psyche after a tragic accident took her family. Billie’s mother falls ill, and now, she has a new role as caregiver. Once again, her mental health takes a back seat.
Joe Franks, drunk and on the wrong side of the road late one night, crashes into the minivan that came out of nowhere. But after a year in jail and penniless, he thinks he deserves another chance. No one will hire a jail bird, and he’s not cut out for pizza delivery.
Just when Billie seems to be on the cusp of healing—and finding a new love—Franks’ rage spirals out of control. Have Billie’s losses made her strong enough to overcome once more, or will this final disaster be her undoing?