Safe Within (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Jun 12, 2012 - Fiction - 352 pages
28 Reviews

A novel of how family happens—whether you like it or not

Elaine and Carson Forsyth have returned to the tree house—Elaine's childhood home, a cabin nestled high in the branches of two oaks beside a North Carolina lake—where forty-nine-year-old Carson has chosen to spend the waning days of his life. As Elaine prepares for a future without her beloved husband, their solace is interrupted. Carson's mother, Greta, has set loose a neighbor's herd of alpacas and landed herself in police custody. While Carson, remarkably, sees humor in the situation, Elaine can only question what her obligations are—and will be—to a woman who hasn't spoken to her in more than twenty years.

In the wake of Carson's death, Elaine and their grown son, Mick, are thrust into the maelstrom of Greta, the mother-in-law and grandmother who never accepted either of them. Just as they are trying to figure out their new roles in the family, Mick uncovers unexpected questions of his own. A long-ago teenage relationship with a local girl may have left him with more than just memories, and he must get to the bottom of Greta's surprising accusations that he's not Carson's son at all.


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Review: Safe Within: A Novel

User Review  - Christa Sgobba - Goodreads

This would be a good beach read--light, fluffy, but able to hold your interest. I really liked the portrayal of the small Southern town and the people who lived there. In fact, the town may have been ... Read full review

Review: Safe Within: A Novel

User Review  - Karen Emerson Brown - Goodreads

May be the first time I have given this author less than 5 stars. Good but not her best. Read full review


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Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
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About the author (2012)

Jean Reynolds Page lives with her husband and three children in Wisconsin.

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