Author: Ashley Farley
Publisher: Leisure Time Books
Goodreads: From the author of the bestselling Sweeney Sister Series and Sweet Tea Tuesdays comes a new novel of passion, intrigue, and redemption.
Ellie Pringle has spent endless hours and countless dollars working with a therapist to remember the lost years of her childhood. She’s baffled and more than a little intrigued when the grandmother she hasn’t seen in thirty-four years dies and leaves her a fortune. The time has come to face her past in person. Still reeling from a recent breakup of a long-term relationship, and with nothing to keep her in San Francisco, Ellie packs her meager belongings and boards a plane for the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Standing in the entryway of her grandmother’s antebellum home on South Battery Street in Charleston, Ellie faces the first of many ghosts who will soon haunt her. On her first night in the creepy, creaking mansion, as she’s perusing the titles in a dusty bookcase, she comes across her deceased mother’s leather-bound journal. Her mother’s words create more unanswered questions and send her on a quest to find more journals. As Hurricane Irma bears down on the South Carolina coast, Ellie encounters Julian Hagood, a handsome architect who has the talent to restore her dilapidated mansion and the charm to mend her broken heart. But as Ellie reads her mother’s diaries, they dislodge a stone in the wall that safeguards her memories, causing her world to come crumbling down. Revelations about her childhood lead Ellie on a harrowing journey of discovery that will hold readers spellbound until the dramatic conclusion.
Ope’s Opinion: This started out to be a sweet story. Little did I know all the mystery and romance to come. There is a little something for everyone in this book – a little mystery, a little romance, and some family drama.
The mystery and family drama were intertwined. Figuring out Ellie’s past and finding her family were twisted together. It kept me reading – I wanted to know where the author was going to take it.
I liked that the physical part of the romance was left to my imagination – not a lot of unnecessary details. When you read it ( and you should ) you can feel how they really care about each other – it isn’t just the physical part of the relationship. It was done well.
My daughter Kristin of Kritters Ramblings recommended this book. She does not steer me wrong. It is well worth the read. The second one is the series Beyond the Garden is next on TBR list.