FROM THE BOOK JACKET: Ellen Tyson is living the perfect village life in Goswell. But when her stepdaughter moves in, her fragile idyll is fractured. At seventeen, Annabelle is surly, withdrawn, and adamant that she isnt, and never will be, part of her fathers second family. As Ellen battles with Annabelle, new tensions arise with her husband Alex, shattering the happiness shed once so carelessly enjoyed. Then Ellen finds a death certificate from the 1870s hidden under the floorboards, and its few stark lines awaken a curiosity in her. Ellen tries to involve Annabelle in her search for answers. But as they dig deeper into the circumstances of Sarah Mills untimely death, truths both poignant and shocking come to light--about the present as well as the past. Interlacing the lives of Ellen Tyson and Sarah Mills, The Second Bride is a captivating and moving story about what it means to be a family and the lengths we will go to for the people we love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: After spending her childhood in Canada and then three years as a diehard New Yorker, Katharine Swartz now lives in the Lake District with her husband--an Anglican minister--their five children, and a Golden Retriever. She enjoys such novel things as long country walks and chatting with people in the street, and her children love the freedom of village life--although she often has to ring four or five people to figure out where they've gone off to! She writes also under the name Kate Hewitt, and she always enjoys delivering a compelling and intensely emotional story.