I’m probably one in a million reviewers who didn’t give this book 5 stars. It started very slowly for me andI’d give it 3.75 stars if I could but ratings being what they are, I’ll give it a 4. There are basically two stories running simultaneously and both are fairly interesting. There is the contemporary story of the main female character, Whitney. Then there is the historic story concerning her grandmother. The author has done her homework concerning the historical aspect of the back story. She introduces many of us to a program long forgotten called the Federal Writers Program. There are many mysteries and questions that, by the end of the story, she answers beautifully.
This is from the back cover:
“From modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelt’s WPA folklore writers, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny.
Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. The inheritance of a decaying Gilded Age hotel on North Carolina’s Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But things at the Excelsior are more complicated than they seem. Whitney’s estranged stepfather is entrenched on the third floor, and the downstairs tenants are determined to save the historic building. Searching through years of stored family heirlooms may be Whitney’s only hope of quick cash, but will the discovery of an old necklace and a Depression-era love story change everything?”
I usually confine my reading to Christian romance and I can’t honestly say that this book fits that category but it is a clean novel and there was nothing objectionable in it. For those readers who really like to work at reading, this book would be a good choice. For those of us who prefer a light-hearted, fast paced romance, one that we can start and finish in a few days, this is probably not a good fit.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”