I began this book anticipating a tried and true formula book but was so pleasantly surprised by how much I became attached to each of the characters in the story. The author, Valerie Luesse has made the characters of Si and Dolly just leap off the page. You fall in love with the history of their home that they are desperate to save as well as with each of their boarders. Their lives intertwine and as they each battle their own demons they find hope, ;love and solace in each other. While much of the plot is predictable in so far as the eventual outcome the author never the less provides enough surprises as well as a underlying mysterious disappearance from decades ago. This is a satisfying and uplifting story from start to end.