Cecily was only 13-years-old in the summer of '39. She was desperate to grow up and be like her older sister Rose. But something happened that summer that tore the family apart and it seemed that everyone blamed Cecily, including herself. Now, 29 years later, she has returned to the deserted family farm. She goes through her memories of that summer and remembers the good times and the bad, her innocence - bits and pieces of conversations that she was too young to fully understand. Her memories combined with things she finds in the old house finally let Cecily make sense of the past.
It started off confusing and that confusion was sprinkled throughout the book - it jumped ahead or went back 29 years with no warning. I had a love/hate relationship with the writing - at times it was beautiful and at times it was way too much, unnecessary, repetitious and also confusing. It dragged in parts. But I couldn't put it down. I had to know what happened. And I loved the setting.