Twenty-five years ago, Carly Griffin left her home town of Leland, Kentucky—sure that it held nothing for her future. Now weary of living overseas for one consulting project after another, she’s glad to have two months back home to relax with her aging parents.
When she catches a glimpse of her high school friend Justine in the doorway of her elegant home, Carly is surprised by the warm, familiar feelings that the image stirs within her.
Justine Hall made different life choices, returning to Leland after college to marry and raise two children. Now divorced, she walks a fine line between sanity and hell, struggling to reconcile the sexuality she can no longer deny with the expectations of motherhood and mores in a small town. Could these two women possibly have anything in common after all these years?
February, 2012: What makes this book special to me is MacGregor's writing style. She tells tales of regular people and The House on Sandstone is no different. The author has a true gift for bringing her characters to life; she makes them breathe and feel and they could be anyone we know. For me, that is why I'll read everything she publishes.
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R. Lynne - October, 2009: MacGregor has done an excellent job in pushing back the stereotypes of small southern towns and allowing them to grow with the times. Carly and Justine show the reader just how much can change in twenty-five years.
I think one of my favorite aspects of The House on Sandstone is Justine’s honest struggle to be both accepted and authentic…two things that weren’t always achievable in Kentucky in the early 2000’s. Her sincere sweetness is paired with a sometimes self-effacing wittiness that works brilliantly with Carly’s occasional irreverence. I simply adore these women. Being privy to another’s inner journey towards accepting that their own happiness and self worth is beautifully valid is stunning. Another MacGregor book joins my list of favorites.