By Emily Carpenter
4 out of 5 stars
Althea Bell is fresh out of a halfway house after her stint in rehab, when she comes home to see her father. There seems to be a party going on. It is for her brother Wynn who is running for office. Her father is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and when she approaches him, he yells at her about turning 30 soon and going crazy like all the women in her family. This is something that Althea has held in her mind for most of her life. Her mother was taken away by ambulance one night when she was 30 and died that same night. She has so many questions, not just about her mom, but also about her great-grandmother Trix and grandmother Colli. All died at 30 and it was said that they all had mental issues. Her search to find the truth will lead her down a very dangerous path to places she did not even expect.
As we follow Althea’s story, we also follow Trix. It’s the 1930’s in Alabama where men are the bosses and prejudice runs wild. She finds her niche making honeysuckle wine, so much so that some rich women even have her put it in stores. A fact she keeps quiet from her abusive husband Howell. She finds her heart drifting to her old friend Tom but can she leave her son with her husband and just take Colli?
There is an element of doom that hangs over you while you read this lovely little book. Mental hospitals, family secrets, how can you go wrong? I was pulled in right away and it was hard to put down. I loved the dual timeline so you could see where this all started and how in both voices. There was a mystical, haunting quality all along and then it suddenly changed and I thought it was a huge 180 but it blended it all together perfectly. This was the absolute perfect read for the lazy day I had.