I have been receiving quite a number of books lately that highlight the Underground Railroad. However, this specific book had me truly lost in history, romance and more – telling me that Beck Melby is an author to watch!
Emily Foster is a woman who is living with intense guilt. In fact, she tries on a daily basis to make up for something she did in the past. What was just an accident on the slopes that ended up causing injury to a young girl – Emily sees as a death sentence. She‘s made a little prison for herself and wants nothing more than to help, financially, the person she caused harm to. In order to reach her financial goal and perhaps release herself from the chains of agony, she decides to go into the business of flipping houses (which is basically buying old houses, restoring them and then selling them for a higher cost).
Her project is a house located in Rochester, Wisconsin. Built in the 1800’s, this is a house that holds a great deal of past adventures and pain when it comes to American history; it was actually a stop on the Underground Railroad. Emily delves into the project with everything she’s got, determined to make her life better. Hiring a contractor, Jake Braden, she asks him to modernize the house. Even though Jake disagrees with what Emily wants to do – let’s face it, something this historic should not be modernized it should be brought back to its original glory – Jake also has problems of his own, so he relents and decides to take the job.
During the restoration, Jake and Emily discover a hidden passage to a room that contains old, faded love letters that talk about the Underground Railroad, and they decide to try to find out what happened to the young people who wrote them. Emily had no plans to get to ‘know’ anyone during her journey, but suddenly finds herself really getting into the past.
This is a very fascinating story and one that will stay with the reader for a long time. These two people have absolutely nothing in common, but he stories that came out of those historic letters are truly inspiring and sincerely beautiful. This author has done a wonderful job of plotting and research, and the characters are very believable! A Must-Read!
Until Next Time, Everybody,