With America’s entrance into the Second World War, the town of Blackberry Springs, Alabama, has exploded virtually overnight. Workers from all over are coming south for jobs in Uncle Sam’s munitions plants–and they’re bringing their pasts with them, right into Dolly Chandler’s grand but fading family home turned boardinghouse.
An estranged young couple from the Midwest, unemployed professors from Chicago, a widower from Mississippi, a shattered young veteran struggling to heal from the war–they’re all hoping Dolly’s house will help them find their way back to the lives they left behind. But the house has a past of its own.
When tragedy strikes, Dolly’s only hope will be the circle of friends under her roof and their ability to discover the truth about what happened to a young bride who lived there a century before.
Award-winning and bestselling author Valerie Fraser Luesse breathes life into a cast of unforgettable characters in this complex and compassionate story of hurt and healing.
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This book is a genre I normally don’t read all that much, but discover I should read more. I was pleasantly surprised about how much I enjoyed this book.
I really enjoyed the writing and the characters and of course the story.
It was entertaining, interesting and really heartwarming. I loved the friendship that developed between the characters and that was the driving force of the story and the people in hard times that they endured.
I really enjoyed the setting, it was perfectly described and made you feel like you are right there with them.
There were a few slower spots in the book but not many and they didn’t drag on too long which of course was a plus.
Overall I really enjoyed the book and even enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
I rate it 3.5★