At fifty-three years old, Trudy Quinn finds herself trying to find reason to salvage her twenty-four year marriage gone stale.
While planning for her estranged husband's return from a tour in Iraq, she's busy planning her daughter's engagement announcement while shuffling her second career as President of a non-profit organization.
Everything seems to be coming together until a lost letter shows up thirty-five years late, mailed in 1975. After reading the letter, she realizes if she had received that letter on time it would have changed her life. Little does she realize, receiving that letter and her subsequent decisions would send her on an emotional collision course that is about to change her life again.
Spencer Aubreys finds more then inspiration when visiting this most famous inn in Abingdon, Virginia. Separated form the love of his life, then losing his carer job, he desperately seeks a way to put his life back in order.while attempting to write his second novel.
Captivated by a young girl he meets (Katherine Broadwater), Spencer believes her to be an actress from the local theater because of her old-fashioned dress, southern dialect and a story she weaves about herself and a boy named Sam that took place during the Civil War when the inn was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers. Doubt and confrontation challenge Spencer as he tries to convince everyone that the illusive Katherine does exist, while seeking to learn the outcome of the passionate love story she shares.
Born and raised in Bassett, Virginia, (the foothills of the Appalachian, Donnie likes to boast), he has spent the last forty years working and living in Danville, Virginia. Recently selling his food service distribution company he helped found in 1990, Donnie now resides between Danville and his home at Smith Mountain Lake.
His first novel, Old Man Missing was written and published in 2009. This story setting in Floyd County, Virginia, garnered a lot of interest from readers asking him to not only write a sequel to it, but for him to write more. He honored their request with two more published novels and more on the way. He’s quick to tell folks that, “Every story has a life, and every life has a story.” Donnie tends to write inspirational or stories with a romantic plot, with most leaning toward subjects and places of interest to him.
Now days Donnie finds himself doing more of what he loves. Writing a few thousand words every day to his next novel or spending time with friends and family, especially his three grand girls and their Boxer, Vito. When not writing, you can usually find Donnie out helping with a nonprofit or community group, or an individual needing a helping hand.
Endearing and Compelling Story
I’ll start by sharing that I am from Virginia, so it was quite enjoyable to read a lovely story taking place in an area I know. The characters are endearing, the story unfolds nicely, and I was hooked all the way to the end! It is light-hearted yet also quite introspective for someone nearing their mid-life years. I definitely recommend it!