Twenty years ago an 11-year-old Daria Cato was walking on the beach when she discovered a horse shell, she looked under the shell and made an astonishing discovery. A newborn baby girl. A baby girl who would change Daria’s and the lives of many other people in Kill Devil Hills, a town on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
With the help of the local priest, Daria’s parents adopt the baby and name her Shelly. When they sadly pass away Daria takes on the role of bring up Shelly, whilst her sister Chloe takes a calling as a Nun. Twenty years later Shelly contacts Rory Taylor. Rory is a friend from Daria’s childhood, who is now a television producer of a reality show. The show solves lifetime mysteries, Shelly hopes Rory can help her find out who her birth parents are.
Daria and Chloe are dead against Rory dragging up the past and do everything in their power to dissuade him from unearthing the truth. However the more Rory digs the more confusing the tale becomes. Piece by piece the tale unravels in a way that no one could predict.
I loved this book, I love reading Diane Chamberlains books, I have probably said this before but they are all so different, and so gripping. This tale had such highs and lows, I came to love Shelly and her sunny disposition, but totally understood Daria and her unwillingness to drag up the past. As I neared the end of this book I just could not put it down, it was so well written in a way that made me want to keep reading until I could read no longer and fell asleep. Yet another great tale by an amazing author, who is fast becoming one of my favourites.