Love can redeem a man...but secrets and lies can condemn him. A handsome stranger comes to the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls in hopes of burying his past: once a teacher at a girls' prep school, Jack St. Bride was destroyed when a student's crush sparked a powder keg of... read more
Jack St. Bride is fasely accused of raping a girl. He goes to jail for 8 months basically because his lawyer said it was the best option for him, better 8 months than many years. After he gets out of jail he goes to Salem Falls which is a small town in Mass. Addie is a resturant owner looking... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Jack St. Bride is fasely accused of raping a girl. He goes to jail for 8 months basically because his lawyer said it was the best option for him, better 8 months than many years. After he gets out of jail he goes to Salem Falls which is a small town in Mass. Addie is a resturant owner looking for a dishwaher and Jack needs a job so he decides to do it. Addie and Jack become friends and eventually fall in love.
Gillian and her friends are "witches" and they celebrate a Wiccan cermony in the woods. Jack stumbles across them and is fasely accused (again) of raping a girl. Gillian says to the police that Jack raped her but it was not true. There is a trial and Jack is found innocent.
This novel is about truth, lies and small town secrets.
“Missed opportunities were never superficial wounds; they cut straight to the bones”
“Addie, however, took one look at him and thought-not for the first time-that some men ought to come with an expiration date.”
“After a certain point, a heart with so many stress fractures would never be anything but broken.”
“Corazon smiled at him. “You know how your mother keeps her Christmas card list? How she sends to people who send her one, and that list gets longer and longer every year?”“Yeah,” Jack muttered. “I have to lick the damn stamps.”“Watch your mouth,” Cora reprimanded. “See, love’s like that. Once you give it, even by accident, you’re on that list forever.””
“He had seen enough teen drug cases in Salem Falls to know they follow a pattern: Either the child and the parents had a complete lack of communication between them or the child was resentful of the parents or the parents were too self-absorbed to really see what their child had turned into.”Mr. Charlie, father of Meg
“Losing Chloe had been like reading a wonderful book only to realize that all the pages past a certain point were blank.”Addie
“The Inuit say that the stars are holes in heaven. And every time we see the people we loved shining through, we know they’re happy.”Highlighted by 20 Kindle customers
Missed opportunities were never superficial wounds; they cut straight to the bone.Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
Have you ever really held the hand of someone you love? Not just in passing, a loose link between you—but truly clasped, with the pulses of your wrists beating together and your fingers mapping the knuckles and nails like a cartographer learning a country by heart?Highlighted by 18 Kindle customers
a heart with so many stress fractures would never be anything but broken.Highlighted by 17 Kindle customers
didn’t understand was that what you had could never make up for what you’d lost.Highlighted by 14 Kindle customers
“The more you get past pain, the more it goes from coal to diamond.”Highlighted by 14 Kindle customers
you can’t look back—you just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in your future.”Highlighted by 12 Kindle customers
That fear, in large doses, smells of sulfur. And that there is a place in you that you don’t even know exists, where you can simply stand back and watch without feeling any pain.Highlighted by 11 Kindle customers
“Because it’s her heart,” she said, “and she gets to choose where it goes.”Highlighted by 9 Kindle customers
but she had learned that words were like eggs dropped from great heights: You could no more call them back than ignore the mess they left when they fell.Highlighted by 8 Kindle customers