I’ve not read anything by Rebecca in the past, and I’ll say upfront that I am not normally drawn to historical stories. Having said that I don’t know if this actually qualifies as that type of story, but the author managed to mix in a sense of that without making me feel like I was bored. The occasional side trip to the past was interspersed in a way that gave the reader appropriate context for the current storyline.
Ros has had a tough year, her Mom dies, she gives up her job, and breaks up her long term relationship. Then Ros inherits Winter Manor, from an old family friend “Aunt Edie”, with the stipulation that she restore it to it’s past glory. Fortunately for Ros, Aunt Edie left enough money to get the job done, as well as having already started the planning process and engaging an architect: Anna.
Anna is calm, efficient, professional, and all buttoned but Ros sees past that exterior. From the beginning she gets glimpses of something that draws her to Anna.
The reader gets to watch this relationship unfold and see the mental gyrations that Ros goes through as she tries to get a handle on her own emotions and the turmoil of rediscovering who she is and what she wants from life. This was a very good book, now I need to find out if Rebecca has any others out there.