The sudden death of her husband turns Merle Bennett's life upside down. She finds herself doing what she least expected, decamping to France for the summer to fix up the ancestral home. The village in southwest France should be idyllic: warm sunshine, vineyards, and walls of golden stone. As the past unravels, colliding with modern tensions and the filthy trials of renovation, the summer takes on a dark cast, full of secrets best left buried.In her first stand-alone suspense novel, Lise McClendon reaches deep into the past to find a France untouched by the outside world of tourism and fashion. Writing in a "lyrical, often humorous style," she brings both the pain and rewards of rebirth and the rich French countryside to life.
A likable heroine, beautiful settings and a compelling mystery combined to make this story better than your average "chick lit." Denice Stradling has a soothing voice that's easy to listen to, without getting in the way. She clearly has an affinity for accents and a talent for making you feel as if you're listening to a full cast. I enjoyed this intelligent, unpredictable story.