With America’s entrance into the Second World War, the town of Blackberry Springs, Alabama, has exploded virtually overnight. Workers from all over are coming south for jobs in Uncle Sam’s munitions plants–and they’re bringing their pasts with them, right into Dolly Chandler’s grand but fading family home turned boardinghouse.
An estranged young couple from the Midwest, unemployed professors from Chicago, a widower from Mississippi, a shattered young veteran struggling to heal from the war–they’re all hoping Dolly’s house will help them find their way back to the lives they left behind. But the house has a past of its own.
When tragedy strikes, Dolly’s only hope will be the circle of friends under her roof and their ability to discover the truth about what happened to a young bride who lived there a century before.
Award-winning and bestselling author Valerie Fraser Luesse breathes life into a cast of unforgettable characters in this complex and compassionate story of hurt and healing.
Genre: WWII, historical, Christian fiction.
My Rating: 4 stars.
My Recommendation: 16 up.
My Favorite Character/s: Each of the characters is one of a kind, and I love following each of their stories. I can’t say I have a favorite though since each one made the other better. They were people bonded into a family by tragedy, friendship and an eternal Love.
My Thoughts: This story opened on an easy to follow and mesmerizing description of what life was like during WWII. I loved this story, it was so interesting and a new look at WWII for me. The whole book was so deep and the characters’ struggles so real that the book just kept me swiping from one page to the next.
Warnings: There are suggestions of . . . not ghosts but I’m not sure really what to say what but like the house was “living”. Which made me uncomfortable.
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, and I am truly happy to provide it!