By Allison Pittman
Celeste DuFrane has lost her mother to cancer. At 20 she is now alone, but she has just found out that she a coheir to everything her parents left. And the woman she is to share everything with is the woman who killed her sister more than 20 years ago. But Dana Lundgren doesn't seem like a cold-blooded killer.
Celeste and Dana are bound by secrets that are over 20 years old. The question is will these secrets destroy them or bring them together? And why did the truth have to wait so long to be revealed?
When she was 12 years old Dana was accused of killing the Dufrane's baby daughter Mary. A crime for which she was never tried, but for which she lost 20 years of her life. The world as she knew it no longer existed. Every new experience is frightening in the very its very newness.
Celeste can't understand why the woman accused of killing her older sister would be given a share in her parents possessions. Dana too can't understand the reasoning behind this. But Marguerite DuFrane left behind a confession written almost from her deathbed and a lifetime of secrets begin to come to light.
It is amazing the power hate can have over one's life and the power money and prestige can hold. One woman's power and hate were the driving force that shaped the lives of those around her. I think of the books in this series I like this book the best. I like the glimpses of Celeste and Dana together and the growth of their characters as they live together and discover who they both truly are. I like the character of Werner Ostermann who sees Dana for who she was and who she can become. He understands her fears and is there to help her get past them.
I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher Tyndale through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
About the Book:
In Hollywood during the Roaring Twenties, Celeste DuFrane has it all. Her father’s work with color movie film opens doors that lead to the stardom she’s always aspired to. But after losing her mother, she discovers that half the estate has been left to a woman accused of killing Celeste’s baby sister before Celeste was even born.
Dana Lundgren arrives on the steps of the DuFrane mansion having spent most of her life imprisoned for a crime that never happened. After accusing her of murder so many years ago, why did Marguerite DuFrane leave her a sizeable inheritance?
As Celeste and Dana learn each other’s stories, they come up with more questions than answers. Then a surprising discovery begins to fill in the missing pieces: Marguerite DuFrane’s written confession, penned shortly before her death. Uncovering the treachery and deceit that changed the course of countless lives—most of all, their own—the two women find more than they ever dreamed of.
About the Author:Allison Pittman is the author of For Time and Eternity, Stealing Home, the Crossroads of Grace series, and her nonfiction debut, Saturdays With Stella. A high-school English teacher, she serves as director of the theater arts group at her church. She is also the co-president of a dynamic Christian writers group in the San Antonio, Texas area, where she makes her home with her husband and their three boys.