Finished reading a couple this weekend and a few more during the week.
Battered but changed for the better, Seamus reaches San Francisco on Christmas Eve as the city burns ..
Populated with a cast of complex characters, "Tangled Ashes" follows Becker's exploration of the castle's shadowy past as he seeks to cope with an unbearable present. From the virtually mute recluse who lives in the gatehouse to the feisty and enigmatic nanny of the owner's children, every one of the chateau's inhabitants seems to have something to hide and something to survive - none more so than Becker himself. - goodreads
Sensitive treatment of 11 year old Jeremy and his younger sister, summer vacationing at the lake with their paternal aunt, whilst waiting expectantly for their parents' to join them. Father is ill, but they haven't been told more. This is a ya journey through a parent's discovery of cancer and its impact on the family. Not at all morbid with realistic responses of Jeremy. Befriending an ostracized student adds to the story's appeal.