Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Muir House by Mary E. DeMuth

Book Description:
'You'll find home one day. Sure as sweet tea on a hot afternoon.'

Words from Willa Muir's sketchy childhood haunt her dreams and color her days with longing, regret, and fear. What do the words mean? Willa is far from sure.
When Hale Landon places a ring on her finger, Willa panics, feeling she can't possibly say yes when so much in her past is a mystery. Bent on sorting out her history, Willa returns to Rockwall, Texas, to the Muir House Bed and Breakfast, a former funeral home.
But the old place holds her empty memory close to itself. Willa's mother utters unintelligible clues from her deathbed, and the caretaker of the house keeps coveted answers carefully protected. Throw in an old flame, and Willa careens farther away from ever knowing the truth.
Set in a growing suburb of Texas, The Muir House explores trauma, healing, love new and old, and the life-changing choices people make to keep their reputations intact.

My Thoughts:
This book was a page turner.  Willa's past won't let her move forward into her future.  When her boyfriend proposes, she goes home to find out what happened in the missing year of her life.  Her mother doesn't help because of her mental health, the keeper of the Muir house isn't speaking, and there is an old flame hovering.  With all the obstacles, how will Willa ever find the truth she seeks?
This book surprised me.  I wasn't expecting the depth it had and I'm so glad that I read it!  Willa's search for home and the missing year is something we can all sympathize with but the author makes it to where you feel her hurt, frustration and confusion!  The Texas setting was wonderful and I enjoyed the faith element in the book.
I rate this a 4/5.  It was a good book.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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