Jules, (Juliet Montague Capshaw) leaves the ship and her job she has had for the last 10 years along with her husband of an indeterminate timeframe, after finding some letters to and from her husband. She returned home to Ashland, Oregon. Where she grew up, the town is famous for the theater productions, and her mom owns a bakery.
Jules finds one of the directors of the theater murdered in her mom’s bakery, and also finds out that her mom is in serious financial trouble. In helping to find out who the murderer is, Jules is attacked on multiple occasion, and is also hospitalized for her efforts.
This was a well written story, but, it could have been so much better. One of the first things mentioned is these letters, it takes 36 chapters to finally find out that the letters are to and from the man’s son who is eight years old. The letters have been mentioned multiple times and have left you wondering for ¾’s of the book if they are a relationship with another woman? Blackmail letters? Something else altogether.
Ellie Alexander also used one full chapter describing a very nice meal preparation while she though over everything that had happened during and before her arrival in Ashland. It was pretty much just a filler to put more words in the story and not really relevant to the storyline.