Willa Muir can’t say yes to the love of her life … until she explores her past and solves the mystery of a haunting dream. But when Willa’s desperate search unearths unthinkable secrets, her heart collapses. Can Willa shake her past to embrace a love that could finally lead her home?
“You’ll find home one day. Sure as sweet tea on a hot afternoon.” Words from Willa Muir’s sketchy childhood haunt her dreams and color her days with longing, regret, and fear. What do the words mean? Willa is far from sure. When Hale Landon places a ring on her finger, Willa panics, feeling she can’t possibly say yes when so much in her past is a mystery. Bent on sorting out her history, Willa returns to Rockwall, Texas, to the Muir House Bed & Breakfast, a former funeral home. But the old place holds her empty memory close to itself. Willa’s mother utters unintelligible clues from her deathbed, and the caretaker of the house keeps coveted answers carefully protected. Throw in an old flame, and Willa careens farther away from ever knowing the truth. Set in a growing suburb of Texas, The Muir House explores trauma, healing, love new and old, and the life-changing choices people make to keep their reputations intact.
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About The Author:
Mary DeMuth is the author of several southern novels, including A Slow Burn, Life in Defiance, and the Christy award finalists, Watching the Tree Limbs and Daisy Chain. She’s also written four parenting books and a memoir, Thin Places. She’s passionate about the written word, teaching, and mentoring writers. Mary lives in Texas with her husband, Patrick, and their three children.
This is the first of Mary DeMuth's books I have read and I have found a new favorite author to add to my list! Her writing style is fantastic, drawing you into the story from the very first pages of The Muir House. The characters are intriguing and real, as are the situations that they find themselves in. With romance, suspense, and mystery all included in one book, there is a little something for everyone. I love it when authors are not afraid to fictionalize difficult issues, and do so in a way that is completely real, that the reader can relate to. DeMuth has done that here. The Muir House is definitely one of my favorite novels this year. I cannot wait to read more from her soon!
It would be a fantastic read for book clubs, and is a book that I highly recommend and give a huge thumbs up too!
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