The Beach Trees by Karen White
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Tradd Street novels comes a story that takes one woman on a journey into a secret past, and a life she never expected... From the time she was twelve, Julie Holt knew what a random tragedy could do to a family. At that tender age, her little sister disappeared--never to be found. It was a loss that slowly eroded the family bonds she once relied on. As an adult with a prestigious job in the arts, Julie meets a struggling artist who reminds her so much of her sister, she can't help feeling protective. It is a friendship that begins a long and painful process of healing for Julie, leading her to a house on the Gulf Coast, ravaged by hurricane Katrina, and to stories of family that take her deep into the past.