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Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
Thayer’s latest is a well-crafted story of the road to recovery one must travel after the loss of a spouse, with all its ups and downs. The heroine’s romance is a nice secondary thread, but her friend’s immorality is disturbing. Some scenes seem misplaced and the timeline feels off.
Gus Winsted died unexpectedly leaving Carley a widow and their two daughters fatherless. He also left them with a large, historical home, but no money. Determined to not accept her in-laws’ offer to move in with them, Carley starts looking for ways to make money. These include a tag sale and renting out a room in her home, neither of which her in-laws approve. The room rental gives her the idea of opening a B&B, something that she gets great encouragement to do from Gus’ best friend, Wyatt Anderson. Things become complicated when Carley’s friend shares a secret that Carley feels guilt for keeping and may result in the loss of the friendship of the two women she cares about the most, and Wyatt becomes much more than just a friend. (BALLANTINE, Jun., 352 pp., $25.00)
Reviewed By: Susan Mobley
Published: June 2011