This one really was a heartfelt read! I love the dual story time lines and the author did a great job with the two main characters. Soline has become somewhat of a recluse after a disastrous fire in her bridal boutique. She has come to terms with most things in life, and is just living her life out quietly and alone. Rory is struggling with her fiancé missing and feeling guilty for continuing to live life. How can she just move forward when it seems he is stuck in time, and everyone keeps telling her she cannot live in the past. Trying to put one foot in front of the other, Rory comes across an old abandoned building and it calls to her. She can feel it’s energy and already imagine the art gallery she’s always wanted to open. But why this place?
Soline has been made an offer on her building, and has no idea what that person is thinking. The whole place will almost have to be gutted and who would want that old, half burned place anyways? But as Rory won’t take no for an answer and Soline is being forced to come out of her reclusiveness, the two start to form a friendship and Soline realizes that Rory is living a life not so different from one she once had.
This novel is SO good! It has the historical fiction, dual storyline, WWII, romance, lessons that can be learned from the past and secrets that had long stayed hidden. Thank you to Suzy Approved Book Tours for the invite, and to the author for the free book- this one will be staying on my shelf with the other historical fiction!
~ About the Book ~
An enchanting novel about fate, second chances, and hope, lost and found, by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Last of the Moon Girls.
Soline Roussel is well schooled in the business of happy endings. For generations her family has kept an exclusive bridal salon in Paris, where magic is worked with needles and thread. It’s said that the bride who wears a Roussel gown is guaranteed a lifetime of joy. But devastating losses during World War II leave Soline’s world and heart in ruins and her faith in love shaken. She boxes up her memories, stowing them away, along with her broken dreams, determined to forget.
Decades later, while coping with her own tragic loss, aspiring gallery owner Rory Grant leases Soline’s old property and discovers a box containing letters and a vintage wedding dress, never worn. When Rory returns the mementos, an unlikely friendship develops, and eerie parallels in Rory’s and Soline’s lives begin to surface. It’s clear that they were destined to meet—and that Rory may hold the key to righting a forty-year wrong and opening the door to shared healing and, perhaps, a little magic.
~ About the Author ~
Barbara Davis is the Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Last of the Moon Girls, When Never Comes, Summer at Hideaway Key, The Wishing Tide, The Secrets She Carried, and Love, Alice. She spent more than a decade as an executive in the jewelry business before leaving the corporate world to pursue her lifelong passion for writing. A Jersey girl raised in the South, Barbara now lives in Rochester, New Hampshire, with her husband, Tom. She’s currently working on her next book. Visit her at www.barbaradavis-author.com.
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