About the Book:
Los Angeles interior designer and former foster kid Kendall Green is in high demand, both for her impeccable eye and for her uncanny ability to uncover the provenance of any piece. But for all her success, skyrocketing costs have put her California home and her business in jeopardy. Then an unexpected inheritance provides a timely solution: a grandmother she never knew has left her a group of historic properties in a tiny Colorado town on the edge of ruin.
To young, untried mayor Gabriel Brandt, Jasper Lake is more than another small town—it’s the place that saved his life. Now, seeing the town slowly wither and die, he’s desperate to restore it to its former glory. Unfortunately, his vision is at odds with a local developer who wants to see the town razed and rebuilt as a summer resort. He’s sure that he can enlist the granddaughter of one of its most prominent former citizens to his cause—until he meets Kendall and realizes that not only does she know nothing of her own history, she has no interest in reviving a place that once abandoned her.
In order to save his beloved town, Gabe must first help Kendall unravel the truth of her own provenance—and Kendall must learn that in order to embrace the future, sometimes you have to start with the past.
This story about small town community, the complications of heritage, the challenges of discovery, the art of transformation and the beauty of belonging is, in my opinion, Carla’s best book yet.
The romance in the story is well done and weaves in and around the other themes making the tale multi-faceted. The small town setting and the well developed characters add to the narrative. Add some antiques, historic architecture and a re-evaluation of what holds values and you have an excellent book. A delightful tale from start to finish. I enjoyed this novel.
I received a free digital galley of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.