Wingate (The Story Keeper, The Prayer Box) will deepen her large fan base with this novel that blends modern Roanoke Island and Roosevelt’s Federal Writers’ Project. Whitney Monroe’s Michigan new restaurant, Bella Tazza, is under fire from a scoundrel who will do anything to keep it from opening a second location. But when she learns her stepfather is ill, she heads to the Outer Banks’ Roanoke Island and the Excelsior, the hotel her mother left her. The Excelsior may contain heirlooms Whitney can sell to finance her restaurants, though she’d like to sell the building if she can get her stepfather out of the third floor. Whitney finds more than she bargains for when she discovers letters from her grandmother Ziltha’s sister, a writer for the 1930s Writers’ Project, not to mention the dashing Mark Strahan. Whitney must find a way to balance the stresses in her life, but the biggest problem is her inability to trust. Wingate has woven myriad strands in this tale, which links to her previous books and brings readers a wonderful tale of history, mystery, romance, forgiveness, and restoration. Agent: Folio Literary Management. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 06/22/2015 Release date: 09/08/2015 Genre: Fiction
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