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Posted August 7, 2012
Been Waiting for This One
For quite some time, I've waited for a followup to A Secret Word, especially to find out more about Leigh. Set nearly five years after the end of the first book, this story reunites Leigh, Chandler, and Sarah at a time when each is at a downturn in their lives. Leigh had such high hopes for Destin, only to be reminded that some things never change; still waitressing after all this time, she doesn't
actually live IN Destin, but in the next community. Only when Sarah, who has traded in a career fronting a punk band for marriage to a Wall Street-type and found it wanting, relocates to her dad's Destin vacation place to think things over, does Leigh actually get to live inside the gated enclave of the rich. Even then the subtle class divide comes into play. Then Chandler's dream marriage to her teacher-novelist crumbles, as his inability to commit to her has cost him his teaching job (he now sells cars) and now her, as Chandler discovers his affair with a coworker and wants out. The three of them reconnect in Destin, just in time for Hurricane Katrina, which takes on a slumber party-ish tone as the three realize how the accident that brought them together in the first place still haunts them. Sarah discovers she's pregnant from the last time she and her husband were together (just days before Katrina hit), Chandler, having settled the split from her husband, ends up meeting Wilson from Point Clear, and begins a relationship with him despite the spectre of her father's suicide and its impact on her life. But the biggest change comes with Leigh, who pays a brief visit to mama Suzanne and accidentally discovers a photo of her father that leads her to the Cherokee nation in Oklahoma and a relationship with his mother Leona that sets Leigh on the path she was laways meant to take.