Two generations apart, Ashley Stanford and Claire Montoya have very little in common until their universes collide. Each has built walls in their life to survive. Ashley, however, has a head start of nearly six decades over Claire as a brick mason of the psyche. Tragedy has brought them together.
For well over a decade, Ashley has been the caregiver for her husband, who now lives in a nursing home. Trying to rediscover her life, she meets Claire, who is homeless and being stalked by a local drug dealer for reporting him to the police. Ashley takes her in and soon discovers there is much more to her story than she could have imagined.
After committing to helping Claire, Ashley is faced with her husband’s passing. To help her occupy her mind in her grief, Ashley joins Claire on a journey that could turn both their lives upside down forever.
Here’s a review from a faithful fan:
There are so many different levels to this novel. First, we experience the emotions and responsibilities that arise for Ashley as a caregiver who must relinquish her loved one to the care of others.
Second, the inner turmoil of Ashley’s past and her current situation into which she has been thrown gives us an appreciation for the walls we often build.
Third, when Ashley meets Claire Montoya, a young girl with walls of her own and a secretive past who needs help in more ways than even Ashley can imagine, their lives become intricately intertwined.
I love the friendships that are formed throughout this book and how many lives are forever changed. It impressed me that you are never too old to start new beginnings and find that inner strength you never knew you had to start that next chapter in your life. Mrs. Williamsen has once again combined mystery, suspense, caring, and humor to make for a great read. Definitely another page turner! ~ S. Giarratana
By Dannye Williamsen