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“Before I lost my father, I never understood the rituals surrounding funerals: the wake, the service itself, the reception afterward,the dinners prepared by well-meaning friends and delivered in plastic containers, even the popular habit of making poster boards filled with photos of the dear departed. But now I know why we do those things. It's busywork, all of it. I had so much to take care of, so many arrangements to make, so many people to inform, I didn't have a moment to be engulfed by the ocean of grief that was lapping at my heels. Instead, I waded through the shallows, performing task after task, grateful to have duties to propel me forward.”
Wendy Webb, The Tale of Halcyon Crane
“The truth finds its way into the light, no matter what you’ve done to contain it.”
Wendy Webb, The Vanishing
“But I will leave you with a word of warning. If ever a feeling of dread or foreboding overcomes you, and if ever you feel pulled to a place, inexplicably, the way I did, take heed. It may be trying to tell you—something wicked your way comes.”
Wendy Webb, The End of Temperance Dare
“Teenaged girls have a way of holding fast to their illusions, even as those illusions are dissipating into the air. Denial of unpleasant reality is as powerful as the reality itself.”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake
“The Widow’s House, The Library of Light and Shadow, or The Queen’s Vow.”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake
“saw my great-grandfather”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake
“You didn’t!” Simon hooted. “That’s so Alexis Carrington in Dynasty of you.”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake
“When Addie discovered she herself was expecting a child,”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake
“and the first moment he heard her laugh, he knew he had fallen deeply in love with her.”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake
“During his childhood, Kevin had honed the art of making friends quickly and deeply, in a frantic effort to create some sort of intimacy in his life before it was smashed to pieces when the family had to pack up and move to his father’s next post. After many years of this, it became easy for Kevin to create relationships. Sustaining them was another matter. He never had any practice at it. He simply left people behind as he began new phases of his life, knowing that someone else would arise to take their places.”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake
“The entire hall seemed to take a collective breath. All eyes were on them.”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake
“Over the course of one’s life, Julia, there are actions that pave the way for everything else that comes after, good or bad. Simple moments: Turning right instead of left on the street and running headlong into the man you’ll marry. Choosing a ham sandwich instead of soup at the deli and choking on it. Diving into a pool of water and cracking your head on the bottom, paralyzing yourself for life.”
Wendy Webb, The Vanishing
“Do you know how wonderful you are?” “Of course I do,” Simon laughed. “I’ve been singing my own praises for years.”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake
“Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. —Aristotle”
Wendy Webb, The End of Temperance Dare
“Time and experience have a funny way of altering one’s recollections of the past.”
Wendy Webb, The Vanishing
“Could it be true that some people were literally made for each other? Proof of that romantic notion seemed to be standing before them.”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake
“I will leave you with a word of warning. If ever a feeling of dread or foreboding overcomes you, and if ever you feel pulled to a place, inexplicably, the way I did, take heed. It may be trying to tell you—something wicked your way comes.”
Wendy Webb, The End of Temperance Dare
“she was serious and deep and thought about things like the earth and the lake and nature, and how they all related to each other. They talked about these and other important things, connecting through their souls.”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake
“he could train Addie to do the same. Of course! Why hadn’t he thought of this before? Jess took Addie”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake
“Denial of unpleasant reality is as powerful as the reality itself.”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake
“Everything seems out of control until you've had coffee.”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake
“He put his hands on my arms and squeezed. “Yes. And before the night is through, I’m afraid we’re going to come face to face with it. But I’ll promise you something. You—Eleanor Harper—will get out of this alive and unscathed. I am in this house now and I’m not going anywhere. There’s nothing in heaven or, more precisely, hell that will harm you while I am here. I would lay down my life to protect you.” His eyes twinkled. “Of course, that’s sort of an empty statement, considering.”
I managed a smile. “The thought’s nice, anyway.”
Wendy Webb, The End of Temperance Dare
“Then the truth began to reveal itself, as it always does. truth seeks the light of day,needs it just like we need air, and so it finds ways to seep out of the sturdiest. most skillfully hidden boxes--even those buried deeply in the hearts of the dead.”
Wendy Webb
“Parents never believed children when they had something important to say.”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake
“And then, hands were touching her throat, scratching at her neck, constricting, choking.”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake
“Compliments are always a good way to break the ice. ‘My, isn’t your dress beautiful?’ or, to complete strangers, ‘I don’t believe we’ve met. I’m”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake
“I don’t think Ansel Adams Photoshopped any of his images,” Nick said, leaning forward. “That was all his eye, his skill as an artist.”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake
“Darlin’, I’m from the South. There are ghosts everywhere.”
Wendy Webb, The End of Temperance Dare
“Mr. Stewart is accused of killing his wife. The crime is made all the more heinous by the fact that Mrs. Stewart was expecting their first child. Her body has not been found.”
Wendy Webb, Daughters of the Lake


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