By Courtney Walsh
A light scrapbook finds secrets and techniques that reconnect previous associates in a spot known as Sweethaven.
Campbell Carter has come to Sweethaven looking for solutions approximately her mother's heritage. ahead of wasting a conflict with melanoma, Suzanne Carter despatched letters to formative years buddies from her native land of Sweethaven, Michigan. Suzanne's 3 acquaintances -- Lila, Jane, and Meghan -- haven't spoken in years, but each one has items of a scrapbook they made jointly as women. Suzanne's letters have lured all of them again to the idyllic lakeside city, the place they meet Campbell and start to recollect what was once so precise approximately their lengthy Sweethaven summers. because the scrapbook unearths secrets and techniques from the earlier, previous wounds are mended, lives are replaced, and friendships are restored -- simply as Suzanne meant.
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