Edgar Award Winning Author of BENT ROAD and UNTIL SHE COMES HOME
On a dark Kentucky night in 1952 exactly halfway between her fifteenth and
sixteenth birthdays, Annie Holleran crosses into forbidden territory. Everyone
knows Hollerans don’t go near Baines, not since Joseph Carl was buried two
decades before, but, armed with a silver-handled flashlight, Annie runs through her
family’s lavender fields toward the well on the Baines’ place. At the stroke of
midnight, she gazes into the water in search of her future. Not finding what she had
hoped for, she turns from the well and when the body she sees there in the
moonlight is discovered come morning, Annie will have much to explain and a past
to account for.
It was 1936, and there were seven Baine boys. That year, Annie’s aunt, Juna
Crowley, with her black eyes and her long blond hair, came of age. Before Juna,
Joseph Carl had been the best of all the Baine brothers. But then he looked into
Juna’s eyes and they made him do things that cost innocent people their lives.
Sheriff Irlene Fulkerson saw justice served—or did she?
As the lavender harvest approaches and she comes of age as Aunt Juna did in
her own time, Annie’s dread mounts. Juna will come home now, to finish what she
started. If Annie is to save herself, her family, and this small Kentucky town, she
must prepare for Juna’s return, and the revelation of what really happened all those