In the summer of 1966, Christina Hardcastle — “Tiny” to her family — stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. She and her husband Frank make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. But as the season gets underway on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life. As she struggles to maintain the glossy facade on which the Hardcastle family’s ambitions are built, Tiny begins to suspect that Frank is hiding a reckless entanglement of his own — one that may unravel both her own ordered life and his promising political career.
Set against dramatic Mediterranean Sea views and lush olive groves, “The Rocks” opens with a confrontation and a secret: What was the mysterious, catastrophic event that drove two honeymooners apart so suddenly and absolutely in 1948 that they never spoke again despite living on the same island for sixty more years? Centered around a popular seaside resort club and its community, The Rocks is a double love story that begins with a mystery, then moves backward in time, era by era, to unravel what really happened decades earlier.
Jill Morrow transports readers to the dazzling, glamorous world of the Roaring Twenties, and to a mansion filled with secrets. Having sheltered in Newport during his misspent youth, attorney Adrian de la Noye would prefer to forget the place, but returns to help a well-heeled client. Bennett Chapman’s offspring have the usual concerns about their father’s much-younger fianceé — but when they learn of the widower’s firm belief that his late first wife, who “communicates” via séance, has chosen the stunning Catharine Walsh for him, they’re shocked. And for Adrian, encountering Catharine in the last place he saw her decades ago proves to be a far greater surprise.