It could have been a coincidence or maybe fate, but it certainly was serendipitous that Birdie Barnes found Judith Reynolds on the beach during her morning walk. Bothered by the sameness in her life and the loss of the passion she felt in her youth, Birdie had been restless and nostalgic.
Jude had just been sidelined from the biggest milestone in her life. A product of a family tragedy forcing her and her siblings into foster care, Jude grew up in several homes, none of which she could call her own. However, she and a friend had just earned their graduate degrees and were on their way to backpack in Europe.
An unlikely pair, Birdie and Jude weather a hurricane together and form a quirky friendship that dances around their secrets. They reflect each other in their insecurities. But Birdie notices something in Jude that is startling and familiar. It could be the very thing she has been mourning.
Birdie’s story begins with her childhood in the early ‘50’s, a time of safety and familiarity in a close-knit neighborhood. Expectations were clear and there was no room for a child in an upper-middle class family to deviate from the norm. Knowing what was normal was easy. Birdie’s problem was there was nothing normal about her, forcing her to align herself with others like herself. However, that alliance didn’t sit well with her socially adept family. She sought out others who could validate her authentic self. But, did Birdie ever accept herself?
Jude meets Birdie just as she thought she might be reaching the most exciting milestone in her life, a chance to spread her wings and put her life of foster care behind her. A tragedy she never fathomed, derails all her plans and lands her in a home, again not her own. However, this time, the woman in charge knows something about being different.
In a dance of emotions forcing each woman to step into their past to look toward their futures, this novel explores self-discovery and the lies we tell ourselves to fit in. It’s confirmation that spirit never leaves us and the soul we are is constantly and forever evolving. It’s Alice Hoffman meets Sarah Addison Allen and Debbie Macomber on Galveston Island.
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Phyllis H. Moore wants to live life experiences more than once: doing it, writing about it and reading about it. She’s had two careers and two retirements. Both careers gave her inspiration for her novels: The Sabine Trilogy, Sabine, Josephine’s Journals and Secrets of Dunn House, Opal’s Story, Tangled, a Southern Gothic Yarn, and The Bright Shawl, Colors of Tender Whispers, and an anthology of spooky short stories inspired by real places and events, The Bridge on Jackson Road. She has authored one nonfiction book, Retirement, Now What? Phyllis has been published by Caffeinated Press in the anthology, Brewed Awakenings 2, Fifteen Tales to Jolt Your Mind Awake. She blogs on her web site http://www.phyllishmoore.com. Follow her on Pinterest and Facebook.
Phyllis is a retired social worker and former owner/operator of a small bed and breakfast. She’s lived in the rural areas and cities of south Texas. She currently lives on Galveston Island with her husband, Richard.