By Joshilyn Jackson
A GROWN-UP form of beautiful is a strong saga of 3 generations of ladies, suffering from hardships and torn through a devastating mystery, but inextricably joined by means of the bonds of family members. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and at the cusp of womanhood-is shaken whilst a small grave is unearthed within the yard, and made up our minds to determine why it really is there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mom, is haunted through offerings she made as undefined. however it is Jenny, Mosey's powerful and big-hearted grandmother, whose maternal love braids jointly the strands of the women's shared past--and who will cease at not anything to safeguard their destiny.
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