by Cynthia Chow
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February is when Maine’s Busman’s Harbor closes up for the winter, with snowbirds fleeing and many residents departing for warmer climates. Even Julia Snowden’s winter restaurant has closed up for the season, as her boyfriend Chris takes advantage of an opportunity to help friends sail to Key West. This slow period allows Julia to spend a little more time with her mother, resulting in a routine errand to pick up mail opening up a maelstrom of family secrets, scandals, and indiscretions.
Julia couldn’t understand why the mysterious package sent to Jacqueline Morrow Snowden contained a diamond necklace or that it could be worth millions of dollars. It turns out that the Black Widow necklace was an heirloom from Jaqueline’s family last seen in the 1920s, with its loss blamed on a maid who also vanished from their Windsholme mansion. Julia’s mother never spoke much of her family’s past, as it became tied to her cousin Hugh’s disappearance from Morrow Island in 1978. Researching the necklace’s past leads Julia to also delve into the Morrow family, whose wealth from the ice business led to frictions between brothers and resentful Mainers. It also has Julia discovering far more than she ever expected to know about her mother’s relatives, secrets that she isn’t sure Jaqueline is prepared to accept.
This is a story of secrets, and to reveal much more would lessen the impact upon Julia and her family. Taking Julia to Boston and out of her beloved coastal Maine home and away from the family’s Snowden Family Clambake business allows readers to see a new side of her. Julia continues to be an eminently likable and loving character, one who strives to protect all of her family members. Seeing her attempt to shield her mother only makes her more admirable, as is her cleverness and dedication to solving the mysteries. The past and present collide in ways that are just as heart wrenching as they are heartwarming, and the genuine emotions they stir will satisfy fans of these exceptional novels.
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