Chance Harbor by Holly Robinson

Chance Harbor

New American Library  2015

a fiction pick by Shirley

I picked up this book because of the cover and also because it was partially set in Prince Edward Island. I visited PEI once and I loved it…..I would go back there again in a heartbeat. It was very interesting when the author described PEI, the beach they would walk on, the town…..all places I have been and instantly was drawn back there.
The story is about a woman (Eve), her two daughters (Catherine & Zoe) and a granddaughter (Willow). Zoe is the troublemaker of the family, she does drugs, runs away and gets pregnant with Willow. She tries to raise Willow but the drugs interfere and therefore she leaves Willow at the bus station all alone. Willow calls Catherine to come and pick her up and then Catherine and her husband raise her. Zoe disappears and then is assumed dead.
Eve’s husband passes away and so she decides to sell the house on Prince Edward Island as it was her husband’s family home, not hers. Catherine’s marriage falls apart and then Zoe appears back in the picture. Eve also has some secrets about her past that could destroy her two daughter’s lives. Willow, the typical teenager, is drawn between Catherine and her mother Zoe, and acts out. This is a very complex family, full of betrayal, secrets, family dynamics and very believable as this could happen to any family. The ending of the book was a little disappointing for me, I wanted the book to go on and see what happened to the rest of their lives….but maybe there will be a sequel, who knows.
This is a new author for me and I would read another one of her books. All in all I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars

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