2016 Christy Award Winner! (Contemporary novel category)
From modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolinas Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelts 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 Carolinas Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But things at the Excelsior are more complicated than they seem. Whitneys 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 Whitneys only hope of quick cash, but will the discovery of an old necklace and a Depression-era love story change everything?