So the book description is what sold me on this book! This sounds just like a book I would love. Here is Goodreads description…
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.
I enjoy historical fiction (especially the time period around WWII) , a sweet story, and a storyline that spans two different time periods. This book fit the bill! Full disclosure…I have not finished this book yet. Life happened (i.e. the flu hit our whole family amidst other things) and I’ve made it a pretty far ways in, but have not yet been able to finish it yet…just wanted to be honest and put that out there.
This book is such a sweet story about friendship and hospitality. The author has done a marvelous job in making the characters feel like they could be your friends. I feel like I could just rent a room at the boarding house and sit on the front porch with them and have a glass of Dolly’s ice tea! I am enjoying the “little” mystery that the author has woven into the story and even though I can’t wait to see how it ends and how everyone’s stories turn out, I know I will be sad when this book is over! I am looking forward to reading more by this author!!!
Paperback – I received a free copy of this book from Revell Reads for the purpose of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Until next time…keep it simple!