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When Callie MacCallum sews her first quilt after the death of her lover Jack Sebring, she doesn't realize she'll be drawn into a Sebring family battle between wife and daughter-in-law. She simply wants to fulfill her promise to Jack to visit their cabin in the West Virginia mountains, where their long love affair was safely hidden. Instead, her emotionally reminiscent trip becomes crowded with the two Sebring women, a grief counselor, and the massive role Callie assumes. She must speak for Jack in order to protect his four-year old grandson Chad from his stubbornly manipulative and blame-passing grandmother and his recently widowed and power-usurping mother. Callie understands both women grieve the loss of Chad's father. He died when a raging storm split the tree that crushed him. Grief isn't the only common thread running between the four women. One by one, their secrets are revealed on the West Virginia mountaintop.
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Connie Chappell is a lifelong resident of Springfield, Ohio. When she's not writing, family and friends find her outdoors, where her home is nestled close to a woodland. During the winter months, she longs to see honeybees hovering over her flowerbeds again.Review:
RECIPIENT OF MAXY AWARD FOR BEST LITERARY FICTION AND READERS' FAVORITE AWARD FOR WOMEN'S FICTION (2016)
Chappell does a wondrous job allowing her words to speak for her characters, immersing the reader in scenes where dialogue would have typically done the trick.
-- Maxy Awards
Similar to Steel Magnolias and Osage County, death, grief, and healing form the foundation from which Chappell's tale is built. Sprinkled with wit, pathos, and surprise makes this novel far more than a knockoff.
-- US Review
Wild Raspberries artfully captures the struggle to see clearly in the midst of loss, with well-placed comic moments to break the tension. The women's lives are woven into a plot composed of bristling encounters and whip-smart dialogue.
-- Foreword Reviews
Chappell unfolds the women's secrets and lies at a good pace, adding interest with minor characters.
-- Kirkus Reviews
A gripping story in which forgiveness and acceptance would have to start on solid ground.
-- Readers' Favorite
A beautiful and a spellbinding tale with mesmerizing narration. It would be highly recommended to feel rather than read this amazing family drama!
-- Enas Reviews
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