We’re offering 10 lucky reading groups the chance to read the New York Times Bestseller before anyone else in the UK. Discover this heartbreaking story of love and loss, based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals. We’re giving away 10 copies of the book and 10 reading group guides featuring recipes, playlists, a Q&A with the author and suggested reading group questions.
Memphis, Tennessee, 1939
Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge, until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents – but they quickly realize the dark truth…
Aiken, South Carolina, present day
Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.
‘It is impossible not to get swept up in this near-perfect novel’ Huffington Post
‘A tale of enduring power’ Paula McLain