Grace has taken care of her widowed father her entire adult life and the ornery old goat has finally died. She has no job, no skills and very little money, and has heard her father's prediction that no decent man would ever want her so often she accepts it as fact.
But she does have a big old house on Lawyers Row in Peacock, Tennessee. She opens a rooming house and quickly gathers a motley crew of tenants: Promise, Grace's best friend since kindergarten, who's fighting cancer; Maxie, an aging soap opera actress who hasn't lost her flair for the dramatic; Jonah, a sweet, gullible old man with a crush on Maxie.
And Dillon, Grace's brother's best friend, who stood her up on the night of her senior prom and has regretted it ever since. Dillon rents Grace's guest house for the summer and hopes to make up for lost time and past hurts - but first, he'll have to convince Grace that she's worth loving....
©2012 Liz Flaherty (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Yes. I enjoyed all of the characters stories. The narrator did a great portrayal of all. I thought the storyline was good. There was a lot going on for a bit but it kept me focused.
The relationship between Promise and Grace. I admire Grace, taking on the weight of the world. Unselfish, caring and giving but closed off. Possibly a candidate for a good role model?
The reading of Lucy Maude Montgomery's books.
Many. To many to list. It was emotional but worth the read for me. I liked the drama.
To the gazebo incident: it probably wasn't necessary with everything else. Good tie in to the story, Liz. Ugh. It didn't ruin or taint anything else. It was like a band aid,ripped off fast.
If you have ever had a "friend of the heart" and lost her, this book will inspire you, bring you to tears and laughter. Grace, although damaged is never pathetic. She's strong and caring. The cast of characters is fascinating, and the story weaves together like a seemless tapestry (purple prose)
I loved the deep southern voice of the narrator who brought these people to life. One of the most touching books I've listened to in a long time.
So much drama, long winded drama, too sad, too predictable. Cute perhaps but I do not recommend. Please understand I like more fast paced and dynamic fiction.
This story wasn’t what I thought it would be. It didn’t have any sex appeal and the story was sad more than happy. But overall it was a good book, just not my type of book. The book reminds me of a Fried Green Tomato type of story. Old southern heart break with plenty of tears.
Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
the book was just okay. the main character was too much of a martyr for me even although i liked her but there were times when i wanted to slap her and say "stop it!" i also thought it was predictable in places. far though from being a not worth it book but i did find my mind wandering a bit. i loved the loyalty and sense of family in it though.
the narrator was good.
People who live in a fantasy world
The concept was all wrong. We are supposed to believe that a woman with a heart condition that is so debilitating that she cannot share a bed with her husband, has the energy and the will to coerce her cousin into abandoning her own kids in order to have an affair with the woman's husband to produce a child that the sick woman somehow has the energy to raise. The author could have contrived a more believable plot.
Can't criticize the narrator.
The demented real mother.
How hard is it to contrive a plot that could have happened?
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