Spoilers will begin.... now.
The cover of this one didn't really catch my eye at first. There's nothing eye popping to me. But after reading the story, all the little pieces fit together and make it a beautiful representation of the book in itself. It's simple, but at the same time, its complex in its references to the story and the overall feel of the book.
We start the book learning a lot about our main character Nell. And I mean, a lot. At first glance, it simply sounds to me that our lead character is simply going through a mid life crisis. She's lost a lot, her husband to another woman, her kids to their own grown up lives. It simply seems as though when she purchases the manor across the globe on pure whim, she's going through some type of mid-life crisis. Because let's face it, rarely do people just get up and do such outlandish things on a regular basis. So, she buys this decrepit and falling apart manor, flies cross country and begins (and finishes) an enormous amount of repairs in a ridiculously short period of time.
It's in working on a exterior fence type wall that she finds the first letter. A letter to a woman named Cora from a man named Joshua. She chalks it up to just a letter hidden and never received until she receives the second and then the third, all in the same place, even after she's made sure that there is nothing else behind the stone. Something weird is going on here... This point in the story was repetitive for me. It was a cycle of work on the wall, find a letter, read it and swoon/worry over the love story and write, since Nell is an author, about the story she finds going on in the letters. But this cycle was much less drab than the first few chapters and I found myself enjoying watching Nell live this new life she had created.
It's after this that we're introduced to Elijah and Reid, two historians in the town, the latter of which is related to the Joshua in the letters. And our love interest for Nell. The two hit it off immediately, yet cautiously, which is understandable considering their respective backgrounds. And then we go into another cycle of research, receiving letters and the couple slowly falling for one another over the course of just a couple days.
So, as it turns out, no one is playing tricks on Nell or anything of the sort, she’s receiving communication from a ghost. We see some fun scenarios between Joshua and Nell and learn about his heartbreaking story. Cora and Joshua’s story truly is heartbreaking. But it’s believable and I think that it the most heartbreaking part. These people could have really lived. They could have experienced and gone through this tragic story. But if it were me in Nell’s shoes, I don’t think I would have been as accepting of ghosts as she was.
But at the end of the day, everyone receives a happy ending that they deserve. At least in my opinion they do. Colleen Nye has a good story here. Although it started off slow for me, it became something I couldn’t put down. It pulled me in and kept me intrigued and engaged until the very last page.