The tragic death of Shelby Dodson’s husband—her partner in a successful Home Network house flipping business—stole love, status, and career. Now a bungalow redesign thrusts Shelby into the company of a new contractor. Scott Matthews remembers high-and-mighty Shelby from high school, and her prissy, contemporary style goes against his down-to-earth grain. When the house reveals a mystery, will its dark secrets—and their own mistakes—cost them a second chance at love?
my point of view:
Okay, first of all I am going to admit it, I am a huge follower of home renovation shows…I absolutely love them. I truly do not watch a lot of television, but if I am not watching a football game, you can pretty much depend on either a cooking show or a home reno show being on my television, lol!
So when I had the chance to read this story, I jumped all in! I have to be honest, when I first started reading it I was trying to compare, or ‘picture’ my favorite reality TV reno stars in their place, but it did not last long, as the story’s characters truly shined in their own right. Which is a great thing, because I just fell in love with Scott Mathews, lol. All of the characters were well worth the read, and the writing style of Denise Weimer was right up my alley, so this makes it very easy for me to recommend this story.
The best part of the novel, for me, was seeing Shelby really come into her own. It is not easy leading a life that is shadowed by those around you, Shelby’s deceased husband was a ‘larger than life’ personality, and it seemed like Shelby was not only along for the ride, but had her own wishes and desires put on hold to fulfill her husbands.Watching her grow more confident day by day (page by page?) as she learned to trust herself and trust in God was truly wonderful. The same for Scott and his insecurities being addressed. It was fun to watch him learn a little about relationships and cooking, lol, from an older generation!
This story also had a bonus sideline – a mystery to follow and solve! I enjoyed how Shelby became determined to piece together the unsolved case of the former owners of the home they renovating….had me a little frightened sometimes about the outcome, but the resolution was quite surprising for me!
Represented by Hartline Literary Agency, Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She’s a managing editor for Smitten Historical Romance and Heritage Beacon Historical Fiction imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and the author of The Georgia Gold Series, The Restoration Trilogy, and a number of novellas, including Across Three Autumns of Barbour’s Colonial Backcountry Brides Collection. A wife and mother of two daughters, she always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses! Connect with Denise here: