By Susan Wiggs
She left her baby at the back of, yet could not permit her goAs an irresponsible younger mom, Jessie Ryder knew she'd by no means be capable to supply her infant the reliable family members that her older sister might, and the protection her baby deserved. So Luz and her husband followed little Lila and advised her Jessie used to be yet a far off aunt.Sixteen years later, having traveled the area with the winds of regret at her again, Jessie is postponing her photojournalism profession to come home—even if it potential throwing her sister's international into turmoil.Where lifestyles as soon as appeared packed with boundless chance, Jessie is now on a trip to redeem her careless prior, bringing along with her a negative burden. Jessie's arrival is destined to reveal the secrets and techniques and lies that hardly held her daughter's adoptive relatives jointly firstly, but the reality can achieve this even more than simply damage. it could possibly carry you domestic to a brand new form of honesty, laying off its mild into the private corners of the guts.
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And yet here was one, waddling across her path like something out of a Steinbeck novel. An omen? A harbinger of doom? Or just another Texas speed bump? She watched the creature wander to the other side of the road and disappear into the low thicket of chaparral. An oncoming car crested the steep hill ahead of her. She squinted at the approaching vehicle. A pickup truck, of course. What else did you find out here? As it slowed and then stopped on the opposite shoulder, she felt a slick thrill of danger.
Sixteen years ago, Jessie had left in a red haze of panic, before her premature infant’s survival was assured, before the baby even had a name. Now Jessie was back, driven by desperation to face up to what she had done, to fill in the blanks of those lost years, to somehow find atonement and maybe even redemption. And it had to start with Lila. She had to see her daughter, really see her. See the way the light fell on her hair in the morning, how her eyes looked when she smiled or wept, how her hands lay atop the covers when she slept at night, how her mouth puckered when she ate a slice of watermelon.
She spotted a doghouse with the unlikely name Beaver painted over the opening. A flat of purple asters lay unplanted in the yard; a half-caned chair stood on the porch. Someone’s partially eaten apple lay on the ground, swarming with fire ants. The place had an air of things left undone; Luz’s family had dropped everything as though something had interrupted them. They were about to be interrupted again. Jessie hadn’t dared to call first. She’d been too afraid that she’d talk herself out of coming.
Home Before Dark by Susan Wiggs