Rebecca Simms has run away to Pawley's Island to escape. She is also looking to find a job and representation for her painting. At Gallery Valentine, she finds both. Huey Valentine, her new boss, and his good friend, Abigail Thurmond, sense that there is more to Rebecca than meets the eye, and slowly she reveals the rest of her story. Rebecca is ...
Rebecca Simms has run away to Pawley's Island to escape. She is also looking to find a job and representation for her painting. At Gallery Valentine, she finds both. Huey Valentine, her new boss, and his good friend, Abigail Thurmond, sense that there is more to Rebecca than meets the eye, and slowly she reveals the rest of her story. Rebecca is in the middle of a terrible divorce, sprung on her suddenly by her husband who has all the advantages that money and the law will allow. He has even managed to persuade a judge to give him sole custody of their children. Rebecca's plight is immediately taken up by her new friends. And Abigail just happens to be a recently retired matrimonial lawyer. She escaped to Pawley's Island to play golf and write her memoirs, but Becca's troubles persuade her to take on one last case...
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Publishers Weekly, 2005-04-11 Bestseller Frank's fifth Lowcountry Tale is a lively story about friendship and family, Southern-style. On the small South Carolina barrier island that gives the book its title, semiretired attorney Abigail Thurmond spends most of her days playing golf and gossiping with her best friend, the portly, lovably aristocratic Huey Valentine. But their comfortable lives of leisure are turned upside-down with the arrival of one diminutive Rebecca Sims. Becca's obvious artistic talent and poise make it easy for Huey to show her art and hire her to manage his art gallery, but when his 86-year-old mother unearths Becca's tragic past, Huey can't help sticking his aquiline nose in her business. Once an attentive wife and loving mother of two in Charleston, Becca became the victim of her abusive husband, who turned her children against her and then filed for divorce. Abigail and Huey must help their new friend, of course, and as they draw closer to one another through Becca's tribulations, Abigail is finally able to examine the ghosts that have haunted her for years, and Huey gets to reveal a (pretty unsurprising) secret of his own. Frank's absorbing narrative manages to feel both authentically Southern and universally empathetic. Agent, Amy Berkower. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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