White is the first book in The Restoration Trilogy and I thought that the author did a great job of introducing characters and backgrounds to the reader through the restoration of an old family home. The modern day story was interesting and the two main characters were very complex people, both having some past issues and troubles that were only hinted at in this book. I feel that the reader will most likely learn more about Jennifer and Michael’s hidden traumas as they make their way through the other books in the trilogy.
I loved the way this book peppered glimpses into the turbulent past through the very words of Georgia Pearl. Seeing things through her point of view in these segments made the information that Jennifer was uncovering really come to life. The past and present portions of the book wove seamlessly together in a way that enhanced the story and my heart ached for the troubling times that Georgia Pearl lived through.
I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series and recommend it to those who are interested in both contemporary and historical fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
As historic preservationist Jennifer and brooding bachelor Michael restore his ancestors’ historic doctor’s residence in a rural Georgia community, they uncover the 1920s-era prejudice and secrets that caused Michael’s branch to fall off the family tree. Recent graduate Jennifer is determined to fulfill her first professional position with integrity even if her employer lacks a proper appreciation of history.
With the restoration of each building, Michael, Jennifer and a cast of endearing characters uncover three lessons of heart healing from three different centuries (WHITE, 1920; WIDOW, 1870; and WITCH, 1790) that they learn to apply to their own lives and community. Far more challenging—and sinister—than the social landscape of Hermon are the strange accidents hinting that someone doesn’t want them on the Dunham property. Yet Michael’s and Jennifer’s own pasts pose the biggest obstacles to laying a fresh foundation of family and community. The Restoration Trilogy melds humor and heartache to show how only God, The Master Renovator, can heal our most broken places.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Denise Weimer authored The Georgia Gold Series (Sautee Shadows, The Gray Divide, The Crimson Bloom, and Bright as Gold), historical romance with a touch of mystery set in Northeast Georgia and Savannah between the Gold Rush and Reconstruction. Book four won the 2015 John Esten Cooke Award for authentic Southern literature. Denise’s background includes a journalism degree from Asbury University, magazine writing, and raising a family in Georgia, where she frames her stories.
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