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Home Place
by Carrie La Seur
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William Morrow, 2014 (2014)
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* * *   Reviewed by Barbara Lingens

The importance of place is a definite emphasis in this interesting story: rural Montana's pristine beauty and its ability to exert a powerful pull on people's heartstrings, even when they wander far away. Alma thought she could put family tragedies behind her once she got away, but the death of her sister Vicky has called her back and makes her realize she is going to have to face the secrets she thought she had locked up forever.

While trying to keep hold of her position as a powerful Seattle lawyer in the middle of a very important case, Alma must confront the abandonment of her niece now that Vicky has died. What's more, there is the suspicion that Vicky's death is not an accident as originally thought. As Alma ferrets out information about the family she left long ago, she realizes that not only does she have to confront her own secrets but also those of family members, who have used Vicky to cover up their own misdeeds.

But throughout this very cleverly unfolding drama, it is the beauty of the land, sometimes just a glimpse from a racing car, sometimes a summit view that takes one's breath away, that enfolds Alma as she tries to make peace with her past and present. The ending seems a bit rushed, but that is really a quibble. This is a fine first-time effort.

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