However, as soon as Hush gives birth to her son she falls irredeemably in love with the flesh of her flesh. Unfortunately, the rift with her husband cannot be healed. As the years roll on, young Davis grows up, the apple of his mother’s eye. He’s twenty-three and she’s nearing forty, having built up a kingdom of apples. But life is about to change for the worse. Davis arrives on the farm unexpectedly with a young woman at his side. When he announces that the girl is the President’s only daughter and that they’ve been married for about six months and she’s pregnant, Hush’s carefully constructed world tumbles apart. The secrets of her past, those secrets she has worked so hard to bury or alter for her family’s sake, begin to surface.
Hush McGillen is an incredibly resourceful, intelligent and gutsy woman. She succeeds in growing the once failing apple farm into a two million dollar a year business. No matter how victorious we have become, Deborah Smith shows the reader we always take the chance that our secrets, large and small, will be revealed to destroy our personal victories. Nonetheless, the good comes with the bad in surprising ways.
SWEET HUSH is the story of a mother protecting her son, growing her business and falling in love for the second time. I highly recommend Deborah Smith’s novel for its strong portrayal of a magnificent woman and her poignant emotions.