Flood by Melissa Scholes Young. Published by Faithwords

It’s been a decade since Laura Brookes has been home, but now she’s returned to Hannibal, Missouri, ostensibly to attend her high school class reunion, but there’s a little more to it than that. She left her town behind because she felt suffocated in a small town that seemed interested in only celebrating the past (and their most famous “son”, Mark Twain). Now that she’s back, she’s caught up in her godson’s desire to be a real life Tom Sawyer, her best friend Rosie’s acrimonious divorce and all the other small town gossip and secrets. She’s even brought face to face with the man she thought she’d spend the rest of her life with. While the pull to stay is strong, there are many reasons to leave, including the racial and economic tensions.  Can Laura  find a future in a place that seems to only symbolize the past?

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