One phone call from Renny to come home and “see about” the capricious Ava, and Californian Celia Wakefield decides to overlook her distressful past in the name of friendship and head back to the South. For three reflective days at Renny’s lake house in Heber Springs, Arkansas, the three childhood friends reunite and examine life, love, marriage, and the ties that bind, even though Celia’s personal story has yet to be healed.
When the past arrives at the lake house door in the form of her old boyfriend, Celia revisits the life she’d tried to outrun. As the idyllic coming of age on her family’s ancestral grounds in bucolic Como, Mississippi unfolds, Celia realizes there is no better place to accept what happened in young adulthood than in this circle of introspective friends who have remained beside her throughout the years.
Theirs is a friendship that can talk any life sorrow into a comic tragedy, even Celia’s great heartbreak over the loss of her childhood friend, Little Tea. But changing times are full of surprises. From them, will Celia learn that friendship has the ability to triumph over history?
BIOGRAPHY Claire Fullerton lives in Southern California. She is the author of Mourning Dove, a Southern family saga set in 1970's Memphis. Mourning Dove is the recipient of the Literary Classics, Words on Wings Award for Book of the Year, the silver medal for regional fiction by the Independent Publishers Book Awards, the Bronze Medal in Southern Fiction by Readers' Favorite, First in Category in the Somerset Awards by Chanticleer Reviews, and the Selah Award in Women's Contemporary Fiction. Claire is the author of A Portal in Time and Dancing to an Irish Reel, which is set on the western coast of Ireland. Her novel, Little Tea, a story about female friendships and healing the past is set in the Deep South, and releases in May 2020. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Literary Agency.
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