Can love for a secret child heal old wounds?
St. Paul, MN, 1946: Introspective Shannon Malone and her more popular sister Eliza are Irish twins and best friends. As little girls, they relied on each other for companionship and affection as their mother remained distant, beating back the demons of her own mysterious childhood. With the war finally over, womanhood approaches and both girls look forward to promising--though different--futures. But when tragedy rocks their family, silence and shame bloom and one sister leaves, possibly forever. Heart-broken and physically scarred, the other secretly vows to hold the invisible thread that runs deeply between them. In the course of her journey she encounters a child with a hidden past, and discovers the true meaning of family. But is it enough to bring her sister home?
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This story is about twin Irish-American sisters, Eliza and Shannon Malone growing up in Minnesota in 1946. When they were younger, they were on their own a lot as their mother had her own demons from the past to fight with. But as they grew older and even though they were close, different evens split them up. I quickly found myself engrossed with the story of Eliza and Shannon. They are growing up just after World War II and finding their place in a male driven world. Tragedy strikes with an unexpected birth and a diagnosis of tuberculosis. Both girls have their own battles to fight but I kept hoping that they would find themselves back together. It is clear that Susan Welch did her research and was talking from personal history. It was very easy to get into this story but extremely hard to put it down. I would step away but would find Eliza and Shannon on my mind pondering what was going to happen next. I also learned a lot about the tuberculosis sanatoriums, which I’m young enough to not know about. Definitely a heartbreaking read. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.