Meet Lizzie. She’s 31 and having a premature mid-life crisis. So, she bought a lonely, run down old house that pulled on her heartstrings.
But with the purchase Lizzie gets more than she bargained for. She didn’t expect the engagement ring and letters of forbidden love hidden under the attic floorboards. She didn’t expect the lazy cat, or the drop dead gorgeous handyman. And she definitely didn’t expect the stalker.
As the renovation begins and the house starts to slowly return to its former glory, the letters dog her dreams. Why was the writer forced to turn away from his love? Why was their love forbidden? And why was this all hidden under the floorboards?
Filled with a drive to reunite the ring with its rightful owner, Lizzie engages the help of her new handyman, her crazy family and her sex crazed Grandma, and sets on a journey of lost love, heartache, and public damnation.
But can Lizzie restore the house to its former glory, and find who it all once belonged to before her stalker catches up with her? Or will she lose everything…including her life?
Before I read this book, I read the one after it and therefore I almost knew what will happen. But, that in no way diluted the pleasure I got from reading this book.
The pace was neither slow nor fast, it was rightly paced for me to enjoy all the situations. Laughing with Lizzie and getting angry on her behalf when the situation demanded it.
Reading about Lizzie’s crazy family that loved each other to death was so much fun to read. How they may not agree with the choices a family member makes but always stand behind them to support in what they decided. Families today could learn so much from this to let everyone in the family lead their own lives.
Being one of five, the binding of the siblings was also something that I could easily relate too.
The mystery wasn’t anything over the top but seeing that the story talked about everyday people, having a stalker was a big deal. And the portrayal of curiosity killed the cat was amazingly done.
Lest I forget, religious zealots have always been there and probably there always and this story shows how that is detrimental to the society.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable read.