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Does hope rise in the face of cancer?

With her mother's diagnosis, Tara Kingston will soon find out. She returns as the prodigal child to her home state of Colorado, a place she hoped to never see again. With a tattered past and a wounded heart, Tara verbally combats her suburbanite aunts and attempts to reconcile who she was with who she has become. Her mother's condition is dire, but they still have time together, perhaps to heal what was broken so long ago.


When family battles become too much, Tara and her mother find a solution by way of a handsome organic farmer, Tom Sanders. Tara agrees to stay and work with him on his farm in Boulder, remaining close to her family but far enough to avoid conflict. Working with the earth and a cast of quirky characters, Tara rediscovers joy in her home state as long summer days pass and her mother's time runs short.

As Tara is bombarded by her childhood memories and at war with herself after repressing years of pent-up anger, she must learn to release her ties to her sordid past in order to forgive and move on. Tara, on some level or another, is all of us, just trying to find her way on the difficult road that is life.

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About the author

Shana Chartier was born in Littleton, Colorado, and lived there for sixteen years before moving to Amherst, New Hampshire, and being enthralled by New England’s lush beauty. She’s a librarian, a writing coach for aspiring authors and a ghostwriter who wrote over twenty books in 2017 alone, many of which have landed on Amazon’s best-seller list.

Shana currently lives in the little town of Merrimack, New Hampshire, with her husband, Shane, her two children, and her crazy cats, Leia and Kylo.
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Publisher
Creators Publishing
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Published on
Feb 4, 2019
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Pages
223
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ISBN
9781945630804
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Death, Grief, Bereavement
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / Family Life / General
Fiction / Romance / New Adult
Fiction / Women
Gardening / Organic
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