City of Redemption
By June Ahern / Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (44 reviews)
Partly to blame for her young son’s death and abandoned by her husband, Liz Mackay leaves Scotland in disgrace, hoping for a second chance at love and life. Arriving in San Francisco during the Summer of Love, she soon joins a commune. Her new family is a curious mix: Black Panthers trying to change the world, a Vietnam vet seeking inner peace, a flamboyant hairdresser ready for fame and love, a flower child and her drug dealer boyfriend who changes girlfriends often.
At first, Liz is happy to have found a welcoming home, but as her new roommates pry into her mysterious past Liz’s search for a “jolly good time” brings more grief and a worsening drug addiction. Embroiled in a plot to bring down the Black Panthers, she looks for a way to redeem herself for her part in her son’s death. Sharing her fears, she is told, “Keep your mouth shut.” Can she save her friends or will she just watch her commune family break apart? No one expects anything heroic from Liz.