We all have secrets from our past…things we’d like to keep hidden. There are secrets hidden in every family then tends to create tension and stress present-day relationships. Cassie Simon was only 3 years old when her mother was killed in an accident. Her grandfather, who Cassie has no memory of, was involved in the accident…and now his death brings Cassie back to Tennessee over 20 years later. Cassie has been living in NYC and working at an art galley. She has a routine life, and when the call comes that she has inherited an old farmhouse in Tennessee, she jumps on the chance for a new start. Little does she know, just what she is about to discover.
She leaves behind a boyfriend, friends and her career to start over in a small town where everyone knows her and seems to know more about her past than she does. She meets her family and begins to learn about the tragedies that led to her mother’s death.
What I love about this story is that Cassie takes a rundown farmhouse and begins to fix it up and love it once again. I love when stories focus on the history of a house and the people who care enough to bring them back to their former glory. I loved the character of Cassie’s cousin, Alice. She had spunk and charisma. I wish I knew her….
Christina Baker Kline also wrote Orphan Train which I reviewed earlier. Kline has the ability to connect families and their past and present together in a beautiful yet tragic way.