The journey to Yorktide, Maine, was always a happy one for Frieda and Aaron Braithwaite and their two daughters. Frieda loves her mother’s old farmhouse, and the girls have grown closer there, sharing a bedroom and spinning stories into the night. But that was before—when tragedy was something that happened to other families.
Since the car crash that claimed the lives of her husband, and their younger daughter, Frieda has struggled emotionally and financially. Bella, now seventeen, is withdrawn and wary, and Frieda fears losing her too.
At her mother’s urging, Frieda decides to return to Yorktide with Bella for the summer. Bella gets a job in a local shop, and little by little edges her way back into the world. But it’s the unexpected connections they make—with a former schoolmate, a troubled teenage girl, and Frieda’s estranged father—that will spur them to find healing amid bittersweet memories, and discover if their bond is strong enough to guide them back to hope once more.
"...a chilling and realistic read about a young woman blindsided by an abusive male.... a good read and a memorable novel." Portland Press Herald on SEASHELL SEASON
Praise for the novels of Holly Chamberlin:
"A thoughtful social commentary and tender narration of friendship and loyalty." -- Publishers Weekly on LAST SUMMER.
"Nostalgia over real-life friendships lost and regained pulls readers into the story." - USA Today on SUMMER FRIENDS.