On a windswept beach in County Cork, a woman rescues a young man from the sea. A gifted musician, Luis Meyer’s life has fallen apart and he's determined to end it all, until an angel of mercy pulls him from the water. . . More than 30 years later, Carrie Cassidy is lost following the deaths of her adored parents, John and Sylvie, in a tragic accident. She's flitting from one job to another, unable to move forward, unable to forget the past. She can't even commit to Mark, the love of her life, who has now moved on. And then, one day, she receives a visit from a mysterious woman, with a revelation about her mother that sends Carrie reeling. . . As she delves into Sylvie’s life during that fateful summer of 1980, Carrie finds a woman struggling to come to terms with her choices, a newlywed who, it seems, was head over heels in love with another man. Determined to find out the truth about her mother, Carrie will have to confront painful, possibly dangerous truths—and the only person who can help her is the one she’s hurt the most.
Carrie Cassidy, who has recently broken up with her fiancée, is still dealing with the death of her parents, who had seemingly had a perfect marriage, when she finds out that her mother had an affair with a blind pianist who wants to meet her.
The main characters of this book feel very real and are compelling enough to propel this book even when it’s not entirely captivating. Carrie has recently ended a complex relationship and seems very broken up. Adam is introduced rather late, but he provides complexities to the story and ties loose ends together. The mysterious past between Luis and Sylvie is compelling and captures the experience of being in love.
Luis, Carrie, and Sylvie all seem to be struggling with depression and events that are pulling them down of some sort. While this can be a challenging subject, they all seem to be very real characters despite this. Carrie especially, presenting a good face to the outside, feels like someone I could know.
This was a really sweet and touching book and very easy to read.