About the Book:
Bestselling author Will Shepard is caught in the twilight of grief, after his young son dies in a car accident. But when his father's aging mind erases the memory, Will rewrites the truth. The story he spins brings unexpected relief…until he's forced to return to rural North Carolina, trapping himself in a lie.
Holistic veterinarian Hannah Linden is a healer who opens her heart to strays but can only watch, powerless, as her grown son struggles with inner demons. When she rents her guest cottage to Will and his dad, she finds solace in trying to mend their broken world, even while her own shatters.
As their lives connect and collide, Will and Hannah become each other's only hope—if they can find their way into a new story, one that begins with love.
I downloaded this one to my Kindle quite some time ago, and never got around to reading it. Judging by the description, it was just another romance, and somehow it never made its way to the top of the stack. Then Kathleen Basi invited me to the Women's Fiction Cafe Week with Barbara Claypole White. If figured it might be interesting and I started the book--and then life got in the way. Still, I loved it. I loved the story, I loved the characters and I loved the writing.
A big issue in this book is mental illness. Will's mother was mentally ill (my guess is bi-polar disorder or schizophrenia) and because of that, his childhood was anything but ideal. Still, he knew his parents loved each other. Hannah's son suffers from depression, and depression is the reason her father committed suicide. Will's father is losing his memory. Barbara Claypole White manages to show the real effects mental illness has on other family members.
There are bedroom scenes in the book, though they aren't terribly graphic. I don't generally recommend books with bedroom scenes to people who don't like them, but in this case, I will. The bedroom scenes are easy enough to skim through and the rest of the book is good enough, different enough to make it worthwhile.
Barbara Claypole White's descriptive writing was absolutely beautiful. It slowed me down and made me savor the words and the pictures they painted.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley and I'd like to thank Kathleen Basi for moving this book from the bottom of my stack to the top. Grade: A.