Some guests have come for a holiday, others for hidden reasons of their own . . .
When their father’s death leaves them impoverished, Sarah Summers and her genteel sisters fear they will be forced to sell the house and separate to earn livelihoods as governesses or companions. Determined to stay together, Sarah convinces them to open their seaside home to guests to make ends meet and provide for their ailing mother. Instead of the elderly invalids they expect to receive, however, they find themselves hosting eligible gentlemen. Sarah is soon torn between a growing attraction to a mysterious Scottish widower and duty to her family.
Viola Summers wears a veil to cover her scar. When forced to choose between helping in her family’s new guest house and earning money to hire a maid to do her share, she chooses the latter. She reluctantly agrees to read to some of Sidmouth’s many invalids, preferring the company of a few elders with failing eyesight to the fashionable guests staying in their home. But when her first client turns out to be a wounded officer in his thirties, Viola soon wishes she had chosen differently. Her new situation exposes her scars–both visible and those hidden deep within–and her cloistered heart will never be the same.
Join the Summers sisters on the Devonshire coast, where they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, love, and new beginnings.
I wasn’t sure if I would like this at first, even though I usually do enjoy Julie Klassen books. But the more I read the more I came to care about these characters and the stories they were going through. I am excited to read more and see what happens in their lives. Just enough was resolved in this book to feel satisfied but also enough was left unresolved to keep me wanting to read more.
Each sister has her own story and then there is the mystery surrounding the sister who is no longer there. I anticipate learning more about her in future books.
If you are looking for a new historical series to dive into you might want to give this one a try.
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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.