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The Lost Hours
Setting: Savannah, GA
NAL, April 07, 2009
ISBN-10: 0451226496 ISBN-13: 9780451226495
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Award-winning author Karen White creates heartfelt stories "full of vibrant characters and emotion that leaves the reader satisfied yet hungry for more" (Booklist). Now she returns to the Lowcountry with a gripping tale of family secrets, fate, and forgiveness.

When Piper Mills was twelve, she helped her grandfather bury a box that belonged to her grandmother in the backyard. For twelve years, it remained untouched.

Now a near fatal riding accident has shattered Piper’s dreams of Olympic glory. After her grandfather’s death, she inherits the house and all its secrets, including a key to a room that doesn’t exist—or does it? And after her grandmother is sent away to a nursing home, she remembers the box buried in the backyard. In it are torn pages from a scrapbook, a charm necklace—and a newspaper article from 1939 about the body of an infant found floating in the Savannah River. The necklace’s charms tell the story of three friends during the 1930s— each charm added during the three months each friend had the necklace and recorded her life in the scrapbook. Piper always dismissed her grandmother as not having had a story to tell. And now, too late, Piper finds she might have been wrong.

Read Reviews

"The Lost Hours reads as an intricately plotted mystery...White makes a good case for why new generations should sustain ties with the old--and why certain stories have to be told, no matter how long it takes."
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 5, 2009.

"Wonderful phrasing...leav[es] readers with a slice of history too haunting to be forgotten."
Charleston Magazine, June 2009

"An evocative setting, dark family secrets, and as tory that will keep you reading late into the night."
Award-winning author, Diane Chamberlain

"...characters and images as lush as the gardens of Georgia...satisfying and compelling."
RT BookReviews magazine

"(The author) drew me in like a tall glass of sweet tea on a hot summer's day but instead of quenching my thirst, reading The Lost Hours has only made me crave more from the very talented Karen White."
PJ Ausdenmore, RomanceNovelTV

"...[Y]ou won’t be able to put this down as you’re drawn quickly into a story that is equal parts mystery, romance, and an important look into family."
Manic Readers

"THE LOST HOURS is an intriguing, suspense-filled romantic suspense. I absolutely loved this book. "
Romance Junkies

"Author Karen White opens The Lost Hours with absolutely exquisite descriptions and pulls you right into the Savannah setting and the heart of the story. The characters are compelling, flaws and all, thanks to Ms. White's well-honed skills. "
Roberta, A Romance Review

"Through vivid details and emotionally charged characters, White creates this year's must-read novel. Without a doubt, THE LOST HOURS is most definitely a labor of love."
Jennifer Vido, Fresh Fiction

"This fascinating, captivating and extremely well-written book is filled with trivia, historical facts, and beautiful description of life in [Savannah]."
The Conroe Courier

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