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And then he died.
And she became the scapegoat and the butt of all jokes. The dumpy woman behind the genius. The pitiful wife who was left out of his will. The lump in the corner that everyone loved to ignore who now was truly a nobody. But, did James really turn his back on her? He left her a note in the will to find the answers. And he left her a house. A horrible tumbledown ghastly house in the mountains of Virginia outside the town of Calburn. A hideous house with the most incredible garden that hiding in the weeds under a magnificent mulberry tree.
And that is where Lillian finds her true self as Bailey James.
She finds her voice and her will and the truth behind James Manville.
This was a book that I thought I had figured out a couple of times. It is a love story - the hunky contractor who swoops in and to save the newly widowed newly beautiful stranger in town. And yes that does happen - but it's more than that.
It is a story of empowering women to be more than just the spouse.
It is about the lengths of pain one decision can inflict on others.
It is about the stories that are hidden in small towns and how hard it is to find truth when most people want life to just be.
I enjoyed this! and I would recommend this!