LAURA KENNEDY lives in Tarpon Springs, a Greek sponge fishing town on the West Coast of Florida. She grew up in Minneapolis where her mother was a romance writer who helped her father support the family. By the time she was twenty-two, she lived in Southern California, was married, had a baby, and was broke, the perfect Petri dish for the beginning of a writing career. Encouraged by her mother’s writing success, Laura borrowed her mother’s portable typewriter on which she concocted her first story that sold for the staggering sum of $225.
Barbie Bentley has everything a woman could want: two great kids, a gorgeous Mediterranean home on the West Coast of Florida, loyal friends, and of course, her husband Bud. Yet she’s unhappy, longing for a secret something that has to do with the emptiness in her heart.
I guess everyone wants something in life. It was easy figuring out what each of my BFFs wanted the beginning of our Junior Year at Coral Cove High. For brainy Sudsy it was to get skinny; for upwardly mobile Tamara to get more stuff, and problem child Maria to be treated like she was older than ten.
Who knew that bigger problems lurked in the swampy bayous of Coral Cove.
When 16-year-old Brooke Bentley’s convertible and cell phone conk out during a rainstorm, she believes it’s just bad luck. But when she darts through the dark to a dilapidated Victorian she thinks is her friends and is invited in by a butler in a faded black tux, Brooke knows it must be karma. Because how often do you meet a reclusive 1950’s movie star who thinks she’s actress Terry Moore?