Things We Once Held Dear

Ann Tatlock

Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (publisher)

You don't have to understand something completely to know it's true.

The foundations of Neil Sadler’s small-town life are rocked by the suspicious death of Helen Syfert, the mother of Neil’s friend Mary. Now, years later, living and working in New York City, Neil struggles to recover from a more recent loss. Intent on repairing his shattered world, Neil returns to his hometown of Mason, Ohio, where he reconnects with Mary.

Their once-close relationship hadn’t been strong enough to survive the tragedy that overtook Mary’s family, yet what drove them apart years ago now seems to be drawing them back together. And yet, the mystery of Helen’s death remains unsolved. To bring closure will mean facing old truths—hard truths—and discovering some new ones.

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