Opening Senences: Perhaps denial is the mind's way of protecting the heart from a succker punch it can't handle. Or maybe it's simpler than that. Maybe denial in the face of overwhelming evidence is a mere byproduct of stubbornness.
Synopsis: 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?
Review by Mirella Patzer
History and Women
Whitney and her cousin own two restaurants that are failing. As she struggles to keep them afloat, her attention is drawn by an old hotel she has inherited and her elderly, ailing stepfather who lives there alone. Could the hotel be sold to prop up her restaurants and save them from failure? When she arrives, she discovers old letters that when pieced together, provide her with details of an old romance and a long buried secret.
Yup, there is definitely lots to like with this book. A definite recommendation for women's fiction, book clubs, and/or simply a good tale to fall into and forget the world for a few hours.