Author: Karen White
Publisher: NAL Trade (April 7, 2009)
Genre: Women’s Fiction
When Piper Mills was twelve, she helped her grandfather bury a box that belonged to her grandmother in the backyard. For twelve years, it remained untouched.
Now a near fatal riding accident has shattered Piper’s dreams of Olympic glory. After her grandfather’s death, she inherits the house and all its secrets, including a key to a room that doesn’t exist—or does it? And after her grandmother is sent away to a nursing home, she remembers the box buried in the backyard. In it are torn pages from a scrapbook, a charm necklace—and a newspaper article from 1939 about the body of an infant found floating in the Savannah River. The necklace’s charms tell the story of three friends during the 1930s— each charm added during the three months each friend had the necklace and recorded her life in the scrapbook. Piper always dismissed her grandmother as not having had a story to tell. And now, too late, Piper finds she might have been wrong.
In the “The Lost Hours”, Karen White spins a provocative tale, spanning generations, of a story left untold, and secrets that run as deep as the roots of the “old gentlemen” – live oaks along the river at Asphodel Meadows. Her prose exquisite, her characters rich and deeply human, Karen White once again delivers a novel one part mystery, one part drama, two parts entertaining. If you love to be transported into your characters hearts and minds, love the rich atmosphere of the Lowcountry, and cherish a story well-told, then you’ll truly enjoy “The Lost Hours”.
Reviewed by: Darcy Crowder
Rating: 5 Petit Fours and 1 Hot Tamale