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Release Date: May 2022
GENRE: Women’s Fiction
SUMMARY: Hattie, a widowed and still grieving young woman works for her father-in-law’s business restoring houses. After a poor decision leaves her financially unstable, she reluctantly agrees to do a home renovation reality show. Hattie goes on a hunt searching for the perfect home to renovate on the show and what she ends up with is way more than an old, dilapidated house when the wallet of a woman who went missing 18 years prior turns up hidden inside.
MY THOUGHTS: I really liked it.
The story is told from multiple perspectives, allowing readers to learn more about some of the side characters. I found there to be two major storylines: The home renovation reality show and the missing person mystery from years ago. But, I never felt like the two storylines were disconnected in any way. The progression and revelations of each were nicely intertwined throughout.
The story had some romance but isn’t romance-centred. I found myself wondering early on who Hattie would fall for and after her feelings developed, I wished she’d move on as I guessed quite early what the outcome of the relationship would be. I also had an early sneaking suspicion about who the guilty party would be, and I was right.
The characters were all well developed, especially Cass; I loved Cass’ character, Hattie’s best friend. She was a great addition to bring Hattie comfort and support during high-tension times. Together, Hattie and Cass made a great team.
I found the pacing sometimes a little slow with too much detail around the house renovation, but other than that, this was a really good, easy, and memorable read.