Former Pinkerton Agent Lily Handland is ready for retirement and a more settled life, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her hectic life, and invest in Great Camp a beautiful escape that is about to be foreclosed on. Great Camp is a place in the Adirondack Mountains where city folk go to enjoy the great outdoors and a simpler pace of life.
The Murphy Camp was thriving until 2 years ago when Owen Murphy lost his wife, losing himself in grief. Lily falls in love with the camp, and offers Owen a partnership where they will work together to restore the camp, Owen reluctantly agrees after urging from his banker.
Lily is excited about her new life, and sets right to work cleaning and making a list of repairs, responding to years of mail. Lily has no experience running a business, but she is organized, determined, and enthusiastic. Lily has a secret from her past that she wants to stay hidden, because she doesn't know if Owen would understand.
The Caddiebacks welcome Lily, they have faithfully worked at the camp, and are supportive of Lily's ideas to revive the place. I loved Mrs. Caddieback's cheer and strong faith.
I loved it when Owen started to come out of his self-imposed isolation and get excited about the camp again. He is very handy, and able to help make many of the repairs himself. He is a kind, capable, and hardworking man, and he becomes more likable as he shows his true colors. I like how he wants to get to know Lily better, and is himself abe to be more and more open with her.
Great dialog helps to grow their relationship, I like how Lily's faith helps Owen to re-examine his own. Quick start, great pace, and Mrs. Caddieback is just the most adorable lady ever. Highly enjoyable read with great characters, filled with hope.
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