Owen Foster has never wanted for anything. Then his mother shows up at his elite New Orleans boarding school cradling a bombshell: his privileged life has been funded by stolen money. After using the family business, the single largest employer in his small Louisiana town, to embezzle millions and drain the employees' retirement accounts, Owen's father vanished without a trace, leaving Owen and his mother to deal with the fallout.
Owen returns to Lake Cane to finish his senior year, where people he can barely remember despise him for his father's crimes. It's bad enough dealing with muttered insults and glares, but when Owen and his mother receive increasingly frightening threats from someone out for revenge, he knows he must get to the bottom of what really happened at Louisiana Frac--and the cryptic note his father sent him at his boarding school days before disappearing.
Owen's only refuge is the sprawling, isolated pecan orchard he works at after school, owned by a man named Gus who has his own secrets--and in some ways seems to know Owen better than he knows himself. As Owen uncovers a terrible injustice that looms over the same Preacher Woods he's claimed as his own, he must face a shocking truth about his own past--and write a better future.
Man, this was a fantastic story! Loved reading it! I enjoyed meeting and getting to know Owen, and Noah. I wanted to know where his father was, why he stole people's money, and watching Owen have to deal with the fall out made for great reading!
On one hand, I could see Owen's side, his father screwed him and his mom over. But I could see the other side, because those people lost their money, their jobs, the plans for the future. And it's tough, and it sucks that they were taking their frustrations out on Owen and his mom, since his dad wasn't there. Just a crappy situation all around!
Loved how this story was told, between the now with Owen, and the summer of 1999 (it's so weird, this year to me, because I was alive then, which I'm going to have to get used to more and more as time goes on and YA moves with it!) with Noah, though near the end, we saw fall, and a number of years later. It was a fantastic way to tell the story, and I wanted to know why, because there was a point to it, and yeah, that twist was just awesome!
Really enjoyed how this book ended. It was pretty satisfying, to know that the dad who raised him brought them back together after tearing them apart, even if it was to get back at his partner in crime. It was so great to see a taste of them being a family!
Such a wonderful book and such a wonderful read! Definitely recommend!
Author: Ashley Elston
Read: July 18th, 2019
Reason Why: I enjoy her writing, and it's a SAC 2019 Book!
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Published: November 13th 2018