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About this Book
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?
About the Author
From the author’s website:
When not disguised as an author, I am the mother of two sons. I wanted girls. I got boys. I never dreamed that boys could be so wonderful. But that is another story.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. I started writing books before I started school, and I never quit writing. I had a very special first-grade teacher in Peasley School in Northboro , Massachusetts , who recognized a little ability and a lot of desire in a shy transfer student. Mrs. Krackhardt wrote on my report card that she expected to see my name in the pages of a magazine one day, and I suddenly felt incredibly special. She started reading my stories to the class, and I was hooked. I quickly discovered the joy of having an audience, and set out on many, many writing projects.Even though I always dreamed of becoming a writer, I didn’t begin pursuing the goal in earnest until after college, marriage, a career as a journalist and technical writer, and then the birth of my oldest son (ordered girl, got boy, fell in love with boy). Learn more about Lisa from www.lisawingate.com
Once again Lisa Wingate gives readers an entertaining story with characters that have depth of character. She does a fabulous job of blending a contemporary story with the historical. It was also interesting how the author tied in the other stories from the Carolina Heirlooms series.
This story started slow for me. The main character, Whitney, was hard for me to relate with as I found her whiney and self-centered. But as the story progressed I began to understand her and by the end of the story I cried for her. Mark was a great character and Clive, well, cranky old many doesn’t begin to describe him.
Once Whitney discovered the letters from the sister she never knew her Grandmother had the story really moved. It was fascinating to read about the WPA, which honestly hadn’t heard of prior to this story, and heartbreaking to read about the discrimination that was experienced during that time. And, of course, there is romance both past and present to time the story together.
Maybe a slow read at first but I’m glad I stuck with it. It was an excellent read. I would definitely recommend this to Lisa Wingate fans and those who enjoy history mixed with a contemporary story.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
The Give Away
I am giving away a hardback copy of this excellent book to one lucky winner! Please fill out the form below (mailing address not needed, but I do like to know what state you’re from). I’ll pick the winner on September 28st.