Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Sweetness of Salt by Cecilia Galante

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From Good Reads:
Julia just graduated as her high school valedictorian, has a full ride to college in the fall and a coveted summer internship clerking for a federal judge. But when her older sister, Sophie, shows up at the graduation determined to reveal some long buried secrets, Julia's carefully constructed plans come to a halt. Instead of the summer she had painstakingly laid out, Julia follows Sophie back to Vermont, where Sophie is opening a bakery—and struggling with some secrets of her own. What follows is a summer of revelations—some heartwarming, some heartbreaking, and all slowly pointing Julia toward a new understanding of both herself and of the sister she never really knew.

Cecilia Galante never fails to deliver a compelling, profound story of human flaws and the redemption available for those who choose to face hard things. I very much enjoyed Galante's previous books and was delighted when I heard she had a new one out. It did take me a while to get into the story and really get a feeling for Julia, but before too long, I was pushing forward with as much urgency as Julia, wanting to know the truth of Julia's family. This is a wonderful story of learning to face hard things and discovering yourself.

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