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Julia Forrester and her sister are stellar opposites. Julia has lost her son and husband in a horrible car accident and her sister, Alicia, has a house filled with family. Julia is reeling from the loss and so paralyzed with grief that almost a year has slipped by. As the spring comes to England it's time to get off the couch and see what is left of her life.
Alicia hovers nearby attempting to smooth out the life of her younger sister just as she always has. And that brings them to the estate sale of the house where the girls' grandparents lived. It's a crumbling old home that has been in the Crawford family for generations. And, just as Julia's life has fallen in ruins -so has the house.
But through chance meetings at the sale and in the subsequent days after - Julie begins to notice life.
This is a book of twists and turns. Each time I thought I knew what was next - I was mistaken. There are family secrets for generations which are laid bare due to time and circumstance. And Julia's biggest surprise shreds her fragile psyche, but gives her the strength to move on.
This is a great story. It mixes jolly old England with WWII, orchids, sister rivalry and a good old love story. Highly recommended!