Set on a dairy farm in Alstead, Maine, in the middle decades of the 20th century, New York Times bestselling author Meredith Hall’s radiant debut novel is a study of love—both its gifts and its obligations—that will stay with readers long after the last page.

When an unimaginable tragedy turns the family of five into a family of four, everything the Senters held faith in is shattered. The family is consumed by a dark shadow of grief and guilt. Slowly, the surviving Senters must find their way to forgiveness—of themselves and of each other.

Beneficence is the featured Maine novel for Read ME 2022 and Maine’s selection for Route 1 Reads 2022 through the Library of Congress.

Themes this
book addresses

  • Grief
  • Family
  • Community
  • Trauma & Resilience
  • Maine
  • Rural Life

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