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In the Sweeney Sisters Series, discover the strength behind the tears, the love that perseveres through trials, and the resilience that redefines what it means to be a family.

** Please Note: The audiobook version of this title has been digitally narrated. 

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Synopsis

Sam Sweeney is the heartbeat that keeps the family ticking. But what happens when the caretaker needs care? After a devastating ATV accident shatters her son's world, leaving him confined to a wheelchair, Samantha's own unbreakable façade cracks. Witness the transformative journey of a mother pushed to her limits—how far will she go to hold her family together when her own world is falling apart?

On the brink of her fiftieth birthday, Jackie thought she had life figured out—until she uncovers her husband's devastating betrayal. Now, facing an uncertain future, Jackie embarks on a transformative quest to rediscover the woman she once was. Experience her empowering journey as she navigates the complexities of age, love, and self-discovery to emerge stronger than ever. Because happiness isn't found; it's reclaimed.

Faith is trapped in a perilous marriage, too frightened to confront her abusive husband. But when she musters the strength to reach out to her sisters, she unknowingly puts them all in the crosshairs of danger. Will her call for help liberate them or spiral their lives into chaos? Witness the harrowing yet inspiring journey of sisterhood and survival as Faith and her family grapple with life-altering decisions. When pushed to the brink, how far will they go to protect each other? The stakes have never been higher; because in Faith's world, courage isn't just an option—it's a lifeline.

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Lovie and Oscar Sweeney had been providing vacationers to the South Carolina coast with fresh-from-the-ocean seafood since opening their doors in May of 1959—and little had changed since then. Not the quality of the service or the layout of the store. The same brass ship’s clock still hung on the wall above the door, ticking away the decades. The customers didn’t mind the outdated decor so long as the knowledgeable staff served superior product with a friendly smile. The creaking floorboards and dusty shelves welcomed them back year after year, just as the pungent odor of the marsh at low tide greeted them upon arrival in the small inlet town of Prospect.

When it came time to do something about the termites eating away at the floor joists—and to replace the electrical system that was one spark away from a catastrophic fire and the refrigerated display cases that were held together with hope, prayer, and a wad of electrical tape—Samantha Sweeney, the middle daughter of Lovie and Oscar, decided their market was way overdue for an upgrade. Their local customers encouraged Sam to remodel in the same vintage that had brought them success for more than fifty years, but she ignored their advice. Following her gut instincts, Sam had opted for a radically different approach.

After years of planning and saving, the renovations were nearing completion. With exposed ceiling pipes and pendant lighting, subway tile wainscoting and concrete floors, Sam had envisioned a minimalist style, the seafood being their main event. But as she surveyed the gleaming new showroom, she worried the results were more operating-room sterile than upscale industrial.

Sam suspected her sisters shared her concerns.

Faith turned in circles, contemplating the empty space. “Once the shelves are stocked and the refrigerated cases filled, the place will come to life.”

“Why don’t we paint the walls?” Jackie whipped her color wheel out of her oversized black patent bag. Sam had hired her older sister, an interior decorator, to offer guidance on trim selections. With mahogany hair styled in a sleek bob, dressed in a tailored black sleeveless top and white pique cropped pants, she embodied the picture of elegance. Jackie thumbed through the color strips, eventually holding out the wheel for Sam to see. “Here we go. I’ve used this linen color many times before. It’s neutral but, at the same time, soft and warm.”

Sam barely glanced at the color. “But the painters have already finished. They’re out back cleaning up.”

“I’ve never known a painter to turn down more work,” Jackie said, tucking the paint wheel under her arm.

Sam and Faith watched their sister glide to the kitchen in the back like a cheetah in search of her prey. 

“Don’t tell her I said so,” Faith whispered to Sam, “but I think she might be right this time.”

Sam smiled at her younger sister, who was every bit as pretty as Jackie but in a less sophisticated way.

“She better be. We can’t afford another mistake with only two days left before the grand reopening.”

Sam took a step back and closed her eyes, trying to imagine the showroom walls washed in linen. She pictured the wooden wine racks stocked with bottles and specialty dry goods arranged neatly on the metal shelves. She envisioned fresh produce overflowing from baskets on the carts in the front of the store, raw seafood on display in the refrigerated cases in the center of the room, and prepared meals filling the merchandisers along the sidewalls. She imagined customers moseying about, sipping wine from little plastic cups while the staff offered advice on the best practices for grilling tuna.

Sam drew in a deep breath of confidence and exhaled any leftover feelings of doubt. She respected her sister’s taste. If Jackie thought linen-colored walls were the finishing touch the room needed, then who was she to argue?

Jackie returned with a self-satisfied smirk on her face. “The painters promised to have everything wrapped up by noon tomorrow. There’s hardly any wall space to paint, considering the pass-through to the kitchen in the back and all the windows out here.”

Sam ran through her mental checklist. “Noon tomorrow means we’ll lose half a day of cleaning and stocking. We’ll have to work around the clock in order to open on time on Saturday.”

“Why don’t you hire someone?” Jackie said with a flippant wave of her hand, as though a strong-bodied person might materialize from thin air.

“What about the twins?” Sam asked. “They’re always looking for a way to earn extra spending money.”

Jackie’s sixteen-year-old sons, Cooper and Sean, often showed up at the market, late in the afternoon, peddling fish and shrimp and crabs—anything they could catch with a net, a trap, or a fishing rod. Sam paid them the same amount she would a wholesaler—even more when their product was fresher, which it usually was.

“You’ll have to find someone else.” Jackie busied herself with gathering up tile and concrete samples that were scattered across the wine-tasting table. “The boys are busy getting ready to leave for camp on Saturday.”

“Today is only Wednesday,” Sam said. “Since when does it take a teenager two days to pack?”

“They’re not just packing, Samantha. They’ve made plans with friends.”

“Ask them anyway. I’m sure they’ll want to help. They already talked to me about working at the market when they get home from camp.”

“They’ll be busy with football practice when they get home from camp.” Jackie flung her bag over her shoulder. “This may come as a surprise to you, but I have higher aspirations for my boys than running a seafood market.”

Even if that smelly seafood market provided you all the luxuries you felt entitled to when we were growing up, Sam thought. “I’m not talking about a full-time career, Jackie. The boys just want to earn some money while they have a little fun.”

“They will have plenty of fun at camp, and they’ll get paid this year, as junior counselors.”

“Why do you send them off to camp, anyway, when we live ten minutes from the beach?” Sam asked.

“Not that it’s any of your business but having them tucked away in the mountains keeps them out of trouble.”

“And out of your hair,” Sam mumbled.

Jackie’s face turned red. “Don’t you have enough to worry about with your own son without worrying about mine?”

Sam’s eyes narrowed and her back stiffened. She was preparing for battle with her older sister when Faith intervened. “Curtis can help with stocking the showroom. He’s looking for work.”

“I take that to mean the job at the brick plant didn’t work out,” Jackie said.

Faith picked at a hangnail. “Turns out they hired too many people. Since Curtis was the last one hired, he was the first one they fired.”

“He’ll find something else soon, I’m sure. In the meantime, I can definitely put him to work around here. At least for the next couple of days,” Sam said, thinking how her brother-in-law’s physical strength made up for his lack of brainpower. “I’ll work out the details with him when I see him at the party tonight.”

“Speaking of the party, I’ve gotta run.” Jackie positioned her designer sunglasses on her face, the dark frames in contrast to her pale unblemished skin. “Can one of you pick up Mom?”

“Since when does Mom need a driver?” Sam asked.

“Since she’s been acting so forgetful lately,” Jackie said. “Surely you’ve noticed.”

“Of course, she’s forgetful,” Sam said. “She’s eighty-two years old.”

Other Books in the Series

About the books . . .

Her Sister’s Shoes
Sam Sweeney is the heartbeat that keeps the family ticking. But what happens when the caretaker needs care? After a devastating ATV accident shatters her son's world, leaving him confined to a wheelchair, Samantha's own unbreakable façade cracks. Witness the transformative journey of a mother pushed to her limits—how far will she go to hold her family together when her own world is falling apart?

Lowcountry Stranger
When enigmatic stranger Annie Dawn crashes a Sweeney family wedding, she captivates everyone with her charm and mystery. But her sudden appearance is no accident. As tensions rise and secrets unravel, the Sweeney sisters must confront both the enigma that is Annie and the hidden issues in their own lives. This gripping tale of family, suspense, and revelation will keep you riveted until its stunning conclusion.

Boots and Bedlam
Sam Sweeney's dream is simple: a Christmas Eve wedding surrounded by the people she loves. But life has other plans, from comedic mishaps to unexpected obstacles that could upend her big day. Between juggling a booming seafood market, untangling family traditions, and navigating the trials of teenage angst, even a forecasted white Christmas threatens to be more blizzard than blessing.

Tangle of Strings
Discover the gripping saga of a family on the brink. For generations, the Sweeneys have been a fortress of love and forgiveness—until now. A crisis erupts, threatening to shatter the very foundation that has always kept them united. At the eye of the storm is sixteen-year-old Annie Bethune and her boyfriend, Cooper. Their youthful dreams for the future spark a family-wide debate that leaves no one on the sidelines. As opinions clash and loyalties are tested, Annie feels like a puppet in a drama she didn't write. But when those strings snap and a family feud explodes, Annie makes a drastic choice: she runs. She doesn’t realize she’s running straight into the arms of danger.

Saturdays at Sweeney’s
When a devastating fire engulfs Lovie Sweeney's sixty-year-old seafood business, not only do the flames consume a family legacy, but they also ignite a whirlwind of suspicion. Was it a tragic accident, or is this tight-knit family the target of a malicious attack? As Lovie finds herself scrutinized in an arson investigation, the Sweeney clan faces a medical diagnosis that threatens to redraw the family dynamics.