From the publisher: Emily Foster won’t allow herself to move on until she earns enough money to make restitution for the accident that stole a young girl’s dreams. Flipping houses sounds like the fast track to her goal, but when her first project turns out to be a stop on the Underground Railroad, Emily finds herself drawn to, but at odds with, the contractor she hires. Jake Braden needs to focus on gaining guardianship of his late sister’s twins, but the story of lost love uncovered in Emily’s house sets the stage for what might become his own lost love.
As a history teacher, and a lover of history I enjoyed the historical aspect of the story. I will admit that it took me quite awhile to get into the novel. Mostly due to the historical snippets of the home's history interwoven with the contemporary story line. They seemed very disconnected, and I was a little frustrated with that. It took me putting the book down and coming back to it a few days later and really sticking it out for a few chapters, but then the glimpses of the past tied in to the story in a really cool way.
Jake's twin niece and nephew were a perfect balance to the rest of the story and I liked Jake's character.
I was a little put off by the strength and intensity of Emily's feelings in regards to the "restitution" she feels like she needs to pay. To me, it sometimes just seemed like all she wanted to do was suffer. And that got a little hard to read. But I could see why that was needed in the story.
Would I recommend this story?
It's not one of my favorites, but I didn't hate it either. It was okay. If your stuck looking for a book this is definitely not a bad choice.