I write emotional family mysteries, the sort of fiction where the characters suffer through freakin’ horrible crises: abandoned children, missing parents, wandering husbands, suicidal wives, etc. Give me some characters, and I’ll show you how to torture them. When I wrote the synopsis for Folly Cove, a novel about three sisters who
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Catherine and Zoe are sisters, but even their mother, Eve, admits her daughters are nothing alike. Catherine is calm and responsible. Zoe is passionate and rebellious. Nobody is surprised when Zoe gets pregnant, drops out of college, and spirals into drug addiction.
One night Catherine gets a call from Zoe's terrified daughter, Willow, saying her mother has abandoned her in a bus station and disappeared. Eve blames herself, while Catherine, unable to have children, is delighted to raise Willow as her own.
Now, five years later, Eve is grieving her husband's death and making plans to sell the family's beloved summer home on Prince Edward Island. But a series of unexpected revelations will upend the family and rock three generations of women.
“Chance Harbor is a genuine, moving portrayal of the intricacies of relationships between sisters, mothers and daughters. Robinson’s skillful storytelling, smooth pacing and vivid characters combine to show us that no matter our secrets, misgivings and mistakes,compassion is the most precious human virtue. A truly authentic, engrossing story.” --Sonja Yoerg, author of House Broken and Middle of Somewhere
“Oh, the sneaky wonder of Chance Harbor by Holly Robinson. This book has the heart, intrigue, and secrets of Shakespeare, but is written with the sensual prose or our time. If you are looking for a book that surprises all the way through, Chance Harbor is the book for you.” – Ann W. Garvin, author of The Dog Year
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