First came the sin.nbsp;nbsp;Then the lies.
He was handsome, charming, irresistable, and an eighteen-year-old lady-killer, her uncle Cliff's stepson, Ted.nbsp;nbsp;But in one terrible night he would shatter the life of fourteen-year-old Charlotte Dawes and nearly destroy her family.nbsp;nbsp;Years afterward, Charlotte would remember that night with fear and loathing, with pain that could be banished only by her work as a gifted architect, building a new world for others as she conceals her own.
For Charlotte's family, prime employers in New England mill town, what happened to Charlotte was the beginning of the end.nbsp;nbsp;Her father is left shattered by his daughter's pain.nbsp;nbsp;Her troubled mother is unable to cope.nbsp;nbsp;And her distinguished family has fallen from grace, plunged into debt.nbsp;nbsp;The only rock that sustains them in their darkest hours is a woman whose own guilty secret has given her the power to ruin--or resurrect--the family to whom she owes her life.
Belva Plain's searing novel cuts to the heart of a family ravaged by secrecy.nbsp;nbsp;But it is ultimately a story of redemption, the kind that grows when one person dares to tell the truth.
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