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The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley

Everything seems quiet on Ann Brooks’s suburban cul-de-sac. Despite her impending divorce, she’s created a happy home and her daughters are adjusting to the change. She feels lucky to be in a supportive community and confident that she can handle any other hardship that life may throw her way. But then, right before Thanksgiving, a crisis strikes that turns everybody’s world upside down. Suddenly her estranged husband is forced back onto her doorstep, bringing with him his beautiful graduate assistant. Trapped inside the house she once called home, confronted by challenges she never could have imagined, Ann must make life-or-death decisions in an environment where the simple act of opening a door to a neighbor could jeopardize all she holds dear.

The choices she makes will impact the lives of those around her irrevocably and linger in the reader’s memory in this marvelous first novel, written with authority, grace, and wisdom.





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  • Fran

    There were lots of good analogies given. I agree with Billy Jean, I hope it never happens!

    September 7, 2014

  • Fran

    There were lots of good analogies given. I agree with Billy Jean, I hope it never happens!

    September 7, 2014

  • Billie Jean R.

    It was interesting plot! I hope it never happens!

    September 3, 2014

  • Jeanne B.

    I liked the book a lot

    September 2, 2014

  • Helen G.

    Have to change from a yes to a no - unfortunately I can't skip out of the back to school stuff I need to do at home tonight...

    September 2, 2014

  • Brenda H.

    Just a friendly reminder to bring $5.00 to help Cindy pay the meet up dues. Thanks..... and see you tonight.

    September 2, 2014

  • Laura H.

    I will bring a blueberry pie or an apple crumble.

    September 2, 2014

  • Billie Jean R.

    Something sweet ! Any suggestions??

    September 2, 2014

  • Brenda H.

    I think we need a salad, so I'll bring a big one.

    August 31, 2014

  • Cindy O

    I will be bringing a cheese and grape platter

    August 31, 2014

  • Kim

    First day of school for me as well

    August 29, 2014

  • Teresa

    So sorry to miss this first meeting! Unfortunately, stuff has come up and cannot make it.. Looking forward to meeting everyone very soon!

    August 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss this one, I'll be out of town.

    August 27, 2014

  • Melanie

    I'm making lasagne.

    August 26, 2014

  • Elisa

    First day of school with kids! Will be exhausted!

    August 11, 2014

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