by Diane Chamberlain
Published October 3 2017 by St Martin's Press
Despite a rather slow beginning and a few flaws, this book, full of history from the 1944 era, eventually had my attention as the characters grew into themselves. Set mostly in Hickory, NC, we are aware that there are men from town who have gone off to war, that this is a time when women and blacks were to know their places, and that polio was becoming a force to be reckoned with. While Tess' fiancé is in Chicago treating polio, she makes an irreversible error in judgment and marries a virtual stranger with an unwelcoming matriarch of a mother and sister. Soon she discovers that her new husband has many odd behaviors and secrets. Some of the reveals I saw coming, but only to a degree.