While the town itself is beautiful and tranquil, Rebecca is not warmly welcomed by all the residents, especially when it is revealed what she is doing there. The further she digs into the past, the more obvious it becomes that her mother Maryanne's adoption is mired in some kind of scandal that people are simply not willing to talk about. Fortunately for Rebecca, there are a few locals who befriend her and help with the search, despite the general opposition.
All in all When The Sandpipers Sing is a comforting and satisfying read. It is well written, intriguing in parts and the setting is delightful. As I previously mentioned it is not an edge of your seat journey, but it does get there in the end leaving no stones unturned and ultimately solving the mystery at it's heart.