A terrible riding accident brings Piper Mills’ hopes of an Olympic medal to a screeching halt. As she struggles to get her life back on track, her grandfather and grandmother, who cared for her after her parents died when she was very young in a car accident, both pass away. Piper remembers a box she helped her grandfather bury when she was 12. She digs up the box, and mystery ensues.
The box contains pages from a scrapbook, a charm necklace, and a 1939 newspaper article about finding the body of an African American baby in the nearby river. Piper’s subsequent actions eventually take her to a small town outside of Savannah where she tries to solve the mystery of her grandmother’s life.
In the book The Lost Hours, author Karen White tells a beautiful story about friendship, love, and forgiveness, all the while reminding her readers what life was like prior to the Civil Rights movement. She introduces us to some unforgettable characters and a way of life we can only read about. It’s a love story and a history lesson all in one.
White is quite prolific, and I have only recently discovered her. I am enjoying reading her books. I find her books almost always have a significant message. The Lost Hours is a powerful reminder that we can’t take our important relationships for granted, but must love and forgive every single day.
In addition to the wonderful story, I enjoyed the southern setting, both when the story takes place in Savannah and when we are transported along with Piper to the small town where most of the tale takes place.
Though the story hits on serious issues such as racial discrimination, the KKK, Alzheimers, and equal rights, overall it is a beautiful story that kept me reading without stop until the book was finished.
I highly recommend The Lost Hours, which, by the way, is such a wonderful title for this book.
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