I’m a fan of Ms. Hoagland and this book didn’t disappoint.
Very few writers tackle the romance between husbands and wives. Ms. H. does it well and with finesse. As Kirk and Jamie renovate their home, they rekindle the love and romance which has died between them. There are no sordid reasons for them to part ways, they’ve simply drifted apart as they focused on other things or relationships they deemed more important than one another. As they peel back the layers of age and neglect in their home, they reveal the innerworkings of their relationship. Some truths are hard to swallow while other revelations bring joy. It’s a wonderful emotionally deep read that will have you turning pages and sighing. The characters are relatable and real. You’ll notice something of yourself or someone you know in each of them, and may even find yourself elbowing your spouse to indicate, “That is so us.” One can only hope that this story will encourage you to fall in love with your spouse again.
2016 Whitney Award Finalist and awarded a Crowned Heart in InD'Tale Magazine.
From the outside, Kirk and Jamie appear to have a beautiful home and the perfect marriage. Inside, the aging Craftsman is falling apart, their marriage is crumbling from neglect, and Jamie Royce wants out! Kirk, on the other hand, isn’t ready to give up on either the house or their relationship.
With their divorce scheduled for the day after their daughter’s high school graduation, Jamie and Kirk have to fix the home’s problems to lift their selling price out of the basement. Working to renovate the home together, they discover secrets—in the home, in their marriage, and in the fertility clinic that helped give them their daughter—and find themselves questioning what true love really is.