Published Feb 7, 2012
Trade paperback, 352 pages
Twenty years ago, sixteen-year-old Hannah Benson ran away from an abusive home. Now, at thirty-six she has a successful business and has put the past behind her with the help of a loving friend, until Grady Steadman, the boy she once loved, but who is now the town's sheriff calls her to tell her that her mother and sister have died, leaving Hannah the guardian of her fifteen-year-old niece, Anna. Hannah is reluctant to go back to a place that holds painful memories, but once she meets Anna she knows this could be her chance to be a family. However, Hannah holds a terrible secret from the night she ran away and she's afraid of trusting Grady and jeopardizing everything she now holds dear.
Although I guessed what Hannah's secret was pretty early on in the story, I still enjoyed how the story unfolded. It was touching, with real, honest characters and a perfect pace. I loved McComas' writing, how she portrayed teenagers, life in a small town, family love and the rekindling of a special young love. It's the story of starting over and the quiet personal triumph of overcoming childhood trauma. I'm happy to have discovered this talented author, and I can't wait to read her next novel.
Note: This book is rated P = profanity (mild), for a few religious expletives and one f-word.
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Mary Kay McComas started her writing career twenty-five years ago. To date she’s written twenty-one short contemporary romances and five novellas; What Happened to Hannah is her second novel. She was born in Spokane, Washington, and now lives in a small town in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband, three dogs, a cat, and her four children nearby. You can learn more about her books on her Website.