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After her husband dies in WWII, Caroline Hunt takes her daughters to her childhood home of Salem, Mass. There, she unexpectedly reconnects with Tom, an old love, and they are soon wed. Her daughters—teenage Dinah and young Jemima—gain a stepbrother in high school athlete Tru. Tru and Dinah are immediately attracted to each other, and while Tru tries to do the right thing, the attraction proves irresistible. Kelly's novel is well paced and features deftly drawn characters and a superb sense of setting that will immerse readers in Salem of the 1950s. While the eventual tragedy is a bit contrived, it serves to make readers more attached to Tru and Dinah, despite their unconventional relationship.