Digital Reads Reviews

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Getting the news of her mother’s illness, Julie came back home to Wood Violet, an exclusive resort and her family home. There were problems in her married life, and the resort too was going through financial crunches. Added to that was an eighteen-year old runaway who brought the mystery of her past.

My first book by author Cynthia Ellingsen, the core of the book was all about family and being there for them. Relationships held special meaning to all of them. It took me time to warm up to Julie, but once the story unfurled, I found myself relaxing into learning more about her.

The secret which the runaway, Margaret presented added a zingy spice to the story as there were multi generation involved in it. The story was detailed well enough to keep me engrossed. With a variety of characters, there was enough fires to douse and hidden secrets to add to the family drama.

Overall, a book and an author I would gladly read on a lazy afternoon. A lovely break from my thrillers.


Rating: 4 out of 5.


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One day you will understand that the heart is only as fragile as the choices we make. I tell you this now – we all make surprising decisions for love. Ones that can tear our heart out and leave us begging for answers. The most painful choice I’ve ever made, my dearest, was to say goodbye to you.

When Julie’s mother falls ill, she has no choice but to return to her parents’ Wisconsin resort, Wood Violet, for the summer. Away from the pressures of their corporate jobs in the city, Julie hopes she and husband Tristan can start to heal after another failed pregnancy.

But, on arriving home, Julie discovers resort life is anything but peaceful. She has to focus more on saving the business than her marriage, and the appearance of childhood sweetheart Chase throws her into disarray.

Then Julie stumbles upon an eighteen-year-old girl hiding out in an abandoned cabin. The girl, Margaret, seems lost in the world, and Julie takes her under her wing. But Margaret has her own reasons for coming to Wood Violet, which threaten to expose a long-buried secret that could tear Julie’s family apart.

As the summer draws to the close, Julie must make a choice: will she return to Chicago with the man she married, or stay and fight for her family with the man she once loved?


Publication Date: March 2021

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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