Authors Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig collaborate on this multi-generational collection of love stories. We meet three women: Olive (1893), Lucy (1920s), and Kate (1944) in their own time periods. Olive is a housemaid with an ulterior motive, serving the wealthy family she believes wronged her beloved architect father, leading to his suicide. Lucy is a secretary in a prestigious law firm, hoping to learn more about the now disgraced Pratt family and a mansion that her mother always pointed out to her. Kate is a doctor caring for WWII soldiers in a reclaimed historic building. All are tied to the former Pratt mansion in some way and all are tied to each other, although we don’t know how until the story fully unfolds. The one physical link is a valuable ruby necklace. Olive falls in love with the handsome artist son of her employer; Lucy is torn between her wealthy employer and a Charleston art gallery owner who visits the firm. Kate saves a handsome captain’s leg from amputation, a patient who owns a miniature portrait of a woman who strangely resembles Kate. Throughout the book, you search for clues as to how the women, and the men they love, are connected.
This is a great genealogical mystery, a treat for those interested in relationships of blood and love. These ladies all have their own family mysteries to uncover, stories their family members tried to keep from them, and in learning more about their histories, they learn more about themselves. Some flee from the truth, allowing their heads to overrule their hearts, but it’s that legacy that ultimately affects Kate in a profound way. Beautifully written, intricately woven, and heartwarming, this is one you’ll race through, searching for clues until it all snaps into place.
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