Told in two story lines the one is of Pearl both as a young woman and now someone who lives in a retirement home, sick with cancer and just months to live. That story formed the bulwark of the book - as it was the reason why her grandson appeared in the next story line in the novel.
Pearl was estranged from her only son - the grandson whom she befriended and brought to her home. She meant to make amends of some kind and reparation for what she had done as a youngster but was muddled about it. She had directly and indirectly caused the death of a sister years ago, and then in the same manner caused her husband to commit suicide. The two deaths I think weighed on her conscience. Estranged from her only son is one thing, but she was one of several siblings and I could not understand why she did not reach out to any of the others who were still living.
Women's fiction and romance on the one hand is part of the genre but there is an element of the supernatural as the other and this was a fine line which the writer had to deal with - not making it totally unbelievable and at the same time making it something that could probably be believed however hard it was for this particular reader. It was done well here.
Sent by Netgalley for an honest review, and thanks to Lake Union Publishing.