Defying her troubled past, Carley teaches at a prestigious San Francisco school while pinching pennies to pay off her college loan. Then word arrives that the grandmother she barely remembers has died, and Carley’s sizable inheritance includes a house in Mississippi. Intrigued, Carley visits the small town of Tallulah, meets relatives she didn’t know she had, and finds herself wanting to stay. The possibility becomes reality, and her cross-country move leaves behind few regrets.
An engrossing business venture, a handsome local hero, and a neglected teen all vie for her attention as she settles in. She gradually adapts to her new way of life and finds fulfillment she never dreamed possible.
But all small towns have their secrets. Tallulah has two. And mysteries hide beneath unlikely facades.
Blackwell weaves an unhurried tale, letting readers catch the full flavor of Carley’s past, her dreams for the future, and a small town filled with distinct characters. Additional points of view prevent a surprise ending, creating a more character-driven novel. Her style is a refreshing change from the sameness of some CBA novels, which may disappoint readers wanting more action in their stories. Recommended for women who savor the books they read. -- Katie Hart, Christian Book Previews.com
Carley Reed has survived a troubled childhood, managing to create an orderly life for herself as a schoolteacher in San Francisco. But her comfortable routine begins to unravel one January morning when a private investigator brings her news of a substantial inheritance—including a house in Mississippi--from a grandmother she can barely remember.
Carley makes a trip to see the house for herself, and the serenity of small-town living charms her into staying. Soon she realizes she has found the kind of life she always desired, including an exciting career opportunity and even sparks of romance--but it's more than she bargained for when a mysterious murder threatens her newfound happiness.