Whitney Monroe has run into a snafu. Her new restaurant is under attack in Michigan and her aging and estranged stepfather has taken a tumble in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. She must decide which is more pressing.
The Excelsior, the old hotel in The Outer Banks, is buried in a deep historic past, one that Whitney thought she knew. But during her stay her unearths numerous items from years gone by. The most fascinting find is the old letters from Alice to Ziltha Benoit, Whitney’s grandmother. Among her grandmother’s other items she finds a small beautiful necklace and wonders if this might be her ticket out of debt.
As she ponders the price she could fetch for the old artifacts she is intrigued with the brewing romance she reads in the old letters. Could this be the key to saving everything she knows or will it open new doors she didn’t even know exisited?
Budding romance is in the air as Whitney debates weather her life should be in Michigan or begin anew in The Outer Banks.
Journey into the past as Whitney reads about the life of her great Aunt Alice and all of the important work she was doing during the Great Depression.
Will Whitney’s past have any effect on her future? Will she be able to overcome the hurt and rejection she has always felt to pursue a new life and love?
What I Thought
This is the first story I have read from Lisa Wingate and it will not be the last. It was a gripping story from start to finish. I loved the characters and fell completely head-over-heels for Mark, the owner of the Rip Shack. Whitney could not have been written any better, in my opinion. She was as true to life as I have read lately.
The conversations felt real, the inner thoughts and dialogues were well done, and the deep emotions of the characters were pretty spot on.
I really enjoyed the reading of Alice’s adventures via her letters to Ziltha. It was incredible work that she was doing and I was so amazed at her ambition, determination, and dedication to the cause.
Without question, this book was an emotional roller coaster and brought me to tears more than once. The author has a way with words and conveying emotion through her writing. Incredibly well done. I will be on the lookout for more books by this author in the future.
I hope you enjoy this book if you get a chance to read it, it will be well worth your time. It was a wonderful twist of historic information and intrigue mixed with the trials of life today. A fantastic read for any lover of historic fiction.
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