I am not one for historical fiction, but this looked to be an interesting contemporary story with a historical flashback.
The story is about the lives of the women who have lived, and even died, in an old Virginian mansion called Holly Oak. These women are connected by both family line and by the struggles of those who lived there. The rumor around town was that the house had a ghost by the name of Susannah Page who endured great loss and heartbreak. Susannah was the great-grandmother of Adelaide who continues to live in Holly Oak, but Adelaide also endured great loss and heartbreak while living there.
The first 200 pages of the story was about these letters written by Susannah during the Civil War. Where are the letters? Who has the letters? What do the letters say? When the letters were finally revealed, the storyline flashes back for the next 100 pages. This is when the story started to get interesting.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story within the letters; however, the storyline before the letters were revealed was dull and dragged out far too long. This is a great story of redemption, but it took too long to get there.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.