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From modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelt's WPA folklore writers, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny.

Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. The inheritance of a decaying Gilded Age hotel on North Carolina's Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But things at the Excelsior are more complicated than they seem. Whitney's estranged stepfather is entrenched on the third floor, and the downstairs tenants are determined to save the historic building. Searching through years of stored family heirlooms may be Whitney's only hope of quick cash, but will the discovery of an old necklace and a Depression-era love story change everything?

©2015 Wingate Media, LLC (P)2015 Recorded Books

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boring

I read "before we were yours " and loved it! so I tried this one.. I thought the story and the reader were boring.. it finally caught my interest around chapter 16. it ended better and did arouse my interest in the malungeons .. I didn't know about them and will read more about them.

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Underdeveloped

I so very much wanted to like this book. The premise had me hooked. The underdeveloped characters and storyline left it flat, and I struggled to stay engaged.

The main character, while seemly motivated by circumstance, simply seems to sleepwalk through her life, including a romance with a "hero" who is selfish and quick to believe the worst about his new found love interest.

Even the characters in the 1930's and the antagonists lack any sort of personality. Motivation for behavior and actions aren't explained, like why a sister would destroy letters without reading them, and why the other sister would continue writing for years after she never receives any responses. One of many implausibilities.

Finally, it takes a lot for me to dislike a narrator. I can count twice in hundreds of audio books that I've been disappointed in one....and this book is one of those two. She sounds VERY mature. As in elderly, and the heroine is in early 30's. That and her inflection is very often "off", placing emphasis in the wrong parts of the narrative. Extremely off-putting.

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loved this as much as the last by Lisa...

Can't wait to get another! I love her very real, interesting, and imperfect characters. Their struggles and spiritual growth nudge my own journey toward growing ever closer to God.

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Wow! What an ending!

I have enjoyed this series from the beginning to the end. The author does a great job of working history and mystery and suspense and spirituality into her stories. I will definitely read more from this author.

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an excellent book

I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was fine, but the story was excellent. I am so glad I bought this book. It kept my attention all the way through. I don't know if there is or will be another book to follow this one, but I hope so. Would like to follow up with some of the characters, especially Grandpa. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend this book to anyone. And there is romance but not the sleasy sex that some authors seem to feel is necessary. It kept me going to the very end, following family through generations back when there was so much prejudice even with Indians, black folks and white folks! you will follow one family as they came to this country. And the search for proof that will back up the premise that they are all from the same family.

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Couldn’t stop listening

I started with the secret keeper with no knowledge of the author or series. I am drawn in and held by the stories, the characters, the beautiful writing. I love that I’m learning so much about it part of our country and its people that I have never even thought about. Downloading the next book right now.

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Final in this series

The final book in this series. Once again the past steps on the heels of the future. I admit initially I struggled to get into this book. I'm not sure if I was distracted or if it was the more monotone voice of the narrator. Eventually however the author's amazing ability to tell a story did draw me in. I love that in this series each story is separate and yet intertwined with the whole. Really enjoyed each book and highly recommend.

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Great series!

I really loved this series of books as I love stories taking place in the Carolinas and the Outerbanks. Each book is so different but they all come together beautifully in the final book. be sure to read all 3.

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Good end to the series.

I loved how the story brought clarity to the series. The narrator was good.. just not right for this book. I am enjoying getting to know this author.

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Narrator didn’t fit

I didn’t think that the narrators voice fit the character. The voice sounded like a woman in her 60’s +. I felt like it needed to be read by a younger woman. Maybe one like the previous books in this series. However, with that being said, I loved the story and Lisa Wingate has become one of my favorite authors.