Book #39Â was The Lost Hours by Karen White.Â The back of the book reads:
When Piper Mills was twelve, she helped her grandfather bury a box that belonged to her grandmother in the backyard. For twelve years, it remained untouched.
Now a near fatal riding accident has shattered Piperâ€™s dreams of Olympic glory. After her grandfatherâ€™s death, she inherits the house and all its secrets, including a key to a room that doesnâ€™t existâ€”or does it? And after her grandmother is sent away to a nursing home, she remembers the box buried in the backyard. In it are torn pages from a scrapbook, a charm necklaceâ€”and a newspaper article from 1939 about the body of an infant found floating in the Savannah River. The necklaceâ€™s charms tell the story of three friends during the 1930sâ€” each charm added during the three months each friend had the necklace and recorded her life in the scrapbook. Piper always dismissed her grandmother as not having had a story to tell. And now, too late, Piper finds she might have been wrong.
This is my first experience with Karen White, and I was quite pleased.Â I thought this was a touching story about regret, healing, and forgiveness, and a message about it never being too late for any of it. I liked Piper despite her malaise and stubbornness, because you could see the spark that was still hidden beneath it all.Â I think I felt a connection to her because I was quite close to my own grandmother. The family mystery here is one that keeps you guessing… I wasnâ€™t convinced I had it figured out correctly until it was nearly time to reveal it in the story.
There were a few niggling things about this that would keep me from giving it 5 stars.Â One, I felt the Susan portion of the storyline was somewhat clumsy.Â I understand she was mentally ill, but I still couldnâ€™t make the connection between what she did and what she found.Â Also, the timeline is a little funky in the beginning as it jumps forward in indeterminate amounts, and the point of view switches back and forth from â€œIâ€ to â€œPiperâ€. But overall, I really enjoyed this story!
THE LOST HOURS VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09 will officially begin on April 1 and end on April 30. You can visit Karen’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in April to find out more about this talented author!
Page count: 343 | Approximate word count: 121,727