Publication Date: December 01, 2015
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
ARC copy from Bethany House and Netgalley.com
“Most happiness isn’t created by acts of great heroism or prestige . . . it comes from people like you, Sophie.”
This book transports the reader high on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River during the summer of 1898. Sophie van Riijn, cook extraordinaire and amateur meteorologist, spends her days doing the two things she likes best in the world, cooking and monitoring her weather station from the scenic roof of an abandoned mansion along the river until Quentin Vandermark shows up to claim his family property.
The plot encompasses their struggle toward personal commitments that lie in opposite directions. A great deal of the Vandermark family history plays an interesting role in the story along with tales of suicide, mystical flowers, and a mysterious family curse that plagues its members. This story combines a bit of romance, mystery, faith, and historical fiction within its pages. The characters are at times charming, abrasive, and eccentric.
A quick and enjoyable novel for readers of historical fiction and inspirational fiction as well! For a fun jump start on the book, read the novella prequel Toward the Sunrise that begins the story.
This ARC copy was received from Bethany House and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.