Two years after her husband’s death, Brooke Holloway is raising her two children in the small town of Smithville, Texas. Her mother lives in town but begins to act strange as someone new enters her life. She never remarried after Brooke’s father’s unfaithfulness twenty years ago. Who could this new man be?
Owen Saunders moves to the same town and buys the old Hadley mansion after discovering his ex-wife’s unfaithfulness. Setting out to renovate the mansion requires several trips to the hardware store owned by Brooke Holloway. The town troublemaker, Hunter Lewis, is hired to help with the renovations. Owen’s eccentric uncle joins him for a visit which may turn into a longer period of time. Does the old mansion have any secrets to be revealed as the men work to renovate it?
Neither Brook nor Owen are ready for a relationship; however, both need to forgive those in their past. Could love develop anyway? Will forgiveness be granted?
This is not the first of Beth Wiseman’s works I’ve read. I enjoyed the break from the Amish pieces she’s most known for. The development of the main characters intertwined with unexpected plot development make it easy to keep turning the pages. The only uncertainty is why the mother’s friend’s characters are presented at the beginning with such detail but seldom reemerge after the first chapter.