It has always been a burden for quiet, level-headed Tess Lanier to be the daughter of Nina Lane -- the gifted and tormented author who died soon after Tess's birth. Determined to be nothing like her exuberant mother, Tess, a collector of antique lace, lives in California, safe and anonymous, far from theKansas town her family once called home, where Nina penned her extraordinary stories.
But when her dying grandfather asks her to go back, she cannot refuse. And on the banks of the Missouri River, she meets Ned Ravenal, a vibrant man who is living his dream, excavating a paddlewheel steamboat that sank one hundred and fifty years ago. Tess had family on that boat, and Ned uncovers their secrets that, in turn, unlock the mysteries of Nina's life. No longer afraid of the past, Tess discovers in herself spirit, passion, and richness as intricate as her lace.
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Summer's End is Kathleen Gilles Seidel's eleventh novel. She is from Kansas, has a Ph.D. in English literature from Johns Hopkins, and lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters.From Library Journal:
Tess Lanier never knew her mother, cult fantasy author Nina Lane, since Nina committed suicide when Tess was just a baby. After spending her life trying to avoid any connection to Nina, Tess reluctantly attends an annual Nina Lane fan gathering in Kansas, and the experience proves to be the catalyst that pushes Tess to move to the small town where her mother last lived. With the help of the Ravenal family, particularly historian Ned, Tess adapts to her new life, and the more she discovers about her mother, the more she learns about herself. Seidel adds some unlikely elements, such as the excavation of a 19th-century steamboat, to beautifully crafted characters and an emotionally satisfying plot in this wise, wonderful book that belongs in most libraries. Seidel, a RITA Award-winning author, lives in Virginia. John Charles, Scottsdale P.L., AZ
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