This is the second book by Lisa Ballantyne that I have read and reviewed. And she did not disappoint. This is called Everything She Forgot, and is journey into the human mind and how it can hide vital memories and experiences when trying to protect us. The book is also about the human spirit….both evil and good. The story is fast-paced and intense. There were quite a few scenes of child abuse that caused me to set the book down for a bit and think happy thoughts, but those scenes were necessary to the development of not only the characters, but to the story.
The story begins with Margaret Holloway driving home from work (she is a teacher) during a terrible snowstorm. She is involved in one of the worst multiple car accidents in London and finds herself trapped in her burning car. She is rescued by a mysterious man who promptly disappears after he pulls her from the car window. After the accident, Margaret begins to remember things…things from her past that will connect her to the mysterious man who rescued her.
Margaret’s life as she knew it has changed. Is she willing to come to terms with the truth…with her past? Or will she hide away?
22 year-old Tia Monroe wants nothing more than to intern for the fabulous Helen Lanky…a culinary giant. Tia has moved to New York City to attend the Food Studies Graduate program at NYU. She is laser-focused on this goal and will do anything to accomplish it.
She quickly learns about the cut-throat competition (not the one on Food Network…hahahaha) in the restaurant industry, and becomes a major player when she accidentally meets Michael Saltz, legendary food critic. He sinks his claws into her and woos her with unlimited clothes, purses, shoes, and fancy meals as long as she agrees to work with him…secretly and without credit. Tia is all too ready to do whatever it takes to make her dreams come true and, so she agrees. She finds herself thrown into a deceitful and conniving business. In the process, she loses her grip on reality and the people who truly cared for her in return in exchange for the fame she so desires. She quickly becomes the talk of the town, but with all this attention…who can she trust? Does anyone has good intentions?
Is she able to find her footing or will she fall victim to this ever-changing career in the culinary field? Will she remain in NYC or return to her small-town?
This story grabbed me from the start…the story surrounds the magically wild and eccentric Sparrow Sisters. The sisters come from a long-line of Sparrows who live in Granite Point, tiny seaside town in New England. The sisters have their place and have no desire to change any of it. The sisters are single. No interest in marriage. They are perfectly content to live together on their century-old land with their plants, flowers, and trees. Patience, the youngest sister, has a gift, She is known as the town healer and uses the flowers and plants on her property to help the townspeople with their aches, pains, and other assorted ailments. She is respected by all.
A new young doctor comes to town. Dr. Henry Carlyle. He quickly learns of Patience and her abilities. He is intrigued. Patience meets him. She is intrigued. What follows is a wonderful, beautiful, and captivating love story….that is until the plants, trees, and all the living things on the Sparrow’s property begin to wither away. What will it take to save the blight…save the sisters and ultimately bring the town back together? What has caused the sudden tragedy to occur? Does it really span back three-hundred-years’ ago?
Cecilia Galante has woven a story that spans decades through the lives of four women. The women meet as teenagers at a girls’ home in the small town of Willow Grove. The girls formed a bond and called themselves “The Invisibles”. This bond held strong until one tragic night that left them splintered and thrown in opposite directions. Only Nora stayed behind to live a quiet and lonely life. Then on her birthday, Nora receives a phone call. One of the girls needs her….she needs all of them to get back together. Tragedy has struck again.
Nora reluctantly boards a plane to join Ozzie, Monica, and Grace….15 years since any of them have seen each other. Nora does not want to go because she has no desire to relive the past. She has no desire to reconnect, but she is drawn to these girls. In a few days time, the truth about what happened 15 years ago will come to light as well as how it has effected the four women.