The Alder Avenue section of Detroit in 1958 is a seemingly close-knit community. Best friends Grace and Julia are looking forward to blessed events as Grace is pregnant with her first child and Julia looks forward to playing the role of auntie. Malina, the neighborhood matriarch, rules over the local bake sales and community events from her pristine home. Tragedy strikes when Elizabeth disappears while under the care of Julia and Grace. Locals fear Elizabeth may have met the same fate as the black woman who was recently killed at the town factory. While the men of the neighborhood set out to search for Elizabeth, the women are left alone to wonder and worry. Grace knows what happened, but her mother urges her to keep it a secret, warning her that Grace’s husband would be appalled if he knew the truth. Will Grace be able to draw strength and courage from her friends and find the fortitude to tell the truth?
As she did in Bent Road, Lori Roy creates a world so real, that readers will find themselves “living” in 1958 Detroit. A master at character development, Roy also creates an intricately woven plot line. Highly recommended