The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker
The Gilly women’s lives are, in some ways, consumed by salt. Jo and Claire’s mother lost both a husband and son to the salt; Henry, her little boy, died and her husband left. Jo’s life is consumed by the responsibility of working on the family salt farm, which involves what seems like constant labor. Claire Gilly seems to only want to escape the salt.
The odd little town of Prospect doesn’t know what to make of the Gilly Salt Sisters who, once a year on December’s Eve, throw their salt on the flames and predict what’s to come in the year ahead. If it’s red, it means love; blue means a good year to come; and black is bad news ahead. Some believe this means the Gilly Salt Sisters are witches.
Claire gets her wish and ends up leaving Salt Creek Farm. She marries Jo’s one time love after losing her love to the priesthood. When their mother passes away, the Gilly sisters go years without speaking. As both sisters struggle with the lives they have chosen, their lives take an incredible turn. Can these two sisters come together and save Salt Creek Farm and build a family that’s been broken for so long? You’ll have to read it and find out. But be warned: you won’t be able to put this book down.
Much like her bestselling The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, Baker has created a world full of wonderful characters. Both Jo and Claire are flawed, and you feel for them. The landscape surrounding their salt farm sounds gorgeous, and I wish I was able to actually visit it.
This book is perfect for not only fans of Baker’s previous book, but those who enjoy Maeve Binchy and Alice Hoffman.