Sylvie Bates McCallister grew up in the shadow of her wealthy grandfather, former owner of the home she now lives in and the developer of the elite school, Swithin, that both her and her two sons, Charles and Scott attended.
Charles and Scott could not be more different. Charles-natural born. Scott-adopted. Charles- cautious. Scott- devil-may-care. Charles- mama’s boy. Scott- always spending time with his father. Charles- white. Scott- black.
Which one of these factors most influences the rift between these brothers? And is it the same factor for them both?
The story starts soon after the death of the Charles & Scott’s father. Life begins then to change, first for widow Sylvie, then for Charles and Scott as they come to grips with the death of their father and the changes it brings to their lives.
Sylvie knows her husband is not the person she thought he was. After his death she’s determined to unlock some of his secrets, yet she’s afraid to make the first step.
Scott is accused of a crime that could taint the family name and the reputation of the school their great-grandfather started.
Charles’ fidelity is in question when he’s sent by his magazine editor to interview a former flame, a woman he once loved very much.
The family dynamics within this book are deeply intertwined. Is there anyone in this book truly who we think they are? Or are perceptions skewed amid the events of the book? At times confusing with too many subplots, it did redeem itself in the end with a story of new beginnings and the lightness and relief that comes from starting over. 3/5 stars