A Place to Land

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Published by: Harper Muse
Release Date: October 4, 2022
Pages: 368
ISBN13: 978-0785232650



A hidden past isn’t past at all.

Violet Figg and her sister Trudy have lived a quiet life in Sugar Bend ever since a night forty years ago stole Trudy’s voice and cemented Violet’s role as Trudy’s fierce and loyal protector. Now, Trudy spends her days making sculptures from found objects and speaking via notes written on scraps of paper, while Violet runs their art shop, monitors the bird activity up and down the water, and tries not to think of her one great love she gave up in order to keep her sister safe.

Eighteen-year-old Maya knows where everyone else belongs, but she’s been searching for her own place ever since her grandmother died seven years ago. Moving in and out of strangers’ houses has left her exhausted, so when she sees a flyer on a gas station window for a place called Sugar Bend, she follows the strange pull she feels and finds herself on the doorstep of an art shop called Two Sisters.

When a boat rises to the surface of Little River in the middle of the night, the present and the no-longer-buried past clash, and the future is at stake for Maya, Violet, and Trudy. As history creeps continually closer to the present and old secrets come to light, the sisters must decide if it’s time to face the truth of what happened forty years ago, or risk losing each other and newly formed bonds with those they’ve come to love.

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Praise for A Place to Land

"A Lauren K. Denton novel is like a whispered secret from a dear friend, and her latest lyrical stunner is no exception...In a story of sisterhood and small-town secrets, Denton proves that, in our lives, like our art, there is always a chance to create beauty from the brokenness." -- Kristy Woodson Harvey, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Veil

"A touching tribute to sisterhood, first loves, and promises kept." -- Susan Meissner, USA Today bestselling author of The Nature of Fragile Things

"Heartfelt and immersive...A story that seeps into your soul and doesn't let go." -- Joy Callaway, bestselling author of The Grand Design

"A small Alabama town confronts a decades-old secret in the atmospheric latest from Denton...Denton masterfully paces this slow-burn mystery and vividly renders the dark undercurrent of small-town life...will keep readers on the edges of their seats." -- Publishers Weekly

"Denton takes familiar themes, wraps them around compelling characters, then adds a bit of magical realism fitting to the setting." -- Nashville Book Review