Beth Whitaker isn’t supposed to be a small-town girl. She’s always dreamed of leaving Willow Grove, Illinois, for the big city, but she feels trapped, struggling to make up for a mistake that’s haunted her for years. Just when Beth is finally ready to break free, her sister impulsively buys a beloved but run-down farm on the outskirts of town, and she begs Beth to help with the restoration. Reluctantly, Beth agrees to help—and puts her own dreams on hold once again.
Drew Barlow hasn’t been back to Fairwind Farm since he was a boy, and he’s spent all these years trying to outrun the pain of a past he thought he buried long ago. When he learns that the owner has passed away, his heart knows it’s finally time to do the right thing. Returning to Willow Grove, Drew revisits the old farm, where he attempts to piece together his memories and the puzzle of the crime he witnessed so long ago.
Both on a journey to find peace, Beth and Drew are surprised when they begin to experience a restoration of their own. But when long-buried secrets break through the soil and the truth unfurls, will it threaten their budding relationship—and the very future of the farm?
I loved this latest book from Courtney Walsh! This story was funny, sweet, and had the slightest bit of mystery woven into it. I loved the idea of the family fixing up the old farm and orchard. The descriptions made me want to visit Fairwind for apple picking! I enjoy reading a story where the characters have flaws and room for growth. Beth and Drew were each struggling in their own way with making peace with things in their past, letting go of guilt, and moving forward. I loved reading the progression of each of their characters as their story unfolded. Courtney Walsh has such a unique way of capturing such genuine feelings and emotions in her characters. I always find myself identifying with some aspect of one of her characters. Drew was a definite favorite for me! Quiet but kind, and can fix anything! The mystery element had me intrigued to the end. I was glad for all the characters that there were answers and closure. I was so sad to see this book end because I loved all the characters and am anxious to see what comes of the plans of Fairwind Farm! Hopeful to see more of these characters and story line in future books! Sign me up! I am a fan!
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