It is the summer of 1958, and life in the small Texas community of Graham Camp should be simple and carefree. But not for twelve-year-old Sammie Tucker. Sammie has plenty of questions about her mother’s “nerve” problems. About shock treatments. About whether her mother loves her.

When her mother commits suicide and a not-so-favorite aunt arrives, Sammie has to choose who to trust with her deepest fears: Her best friend who has an opinion about everything, the mysterious kid from California whose own troubles plague him, or her round-faced neighbor with gentle advice and strong shoulders to cry on. Then there’s the elderly widower who seems nice but has his own dark past.

Trusting is one thing, but accepting the truth may be the hardest thing Sammie has ever done.

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Carla Stewart is a country girl living in a mid-sized city with her engineering husband. She worked as a registered nurse off and on through the years, but primarily stayed home with four rambunctious boys and dreamed of the day she could write the novels she loved to read. When their youngest son was in high school, she quit her job as nursing instructor and settled in to pen her first novel.

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