Today’s book review features
Where Memories Await by Heidi Chiavaroli.
Can memories of old restore a forgotten love?
Camden, Maine ~ Present Day
Spunky octogenarian Priscilla Martin is a woman with many Christmas secrets. When a beloved niece tempts her to bare her wounded soul, Priscilla must decide whether to share the secret of her sister’s demise—and the reason she abandoned the man she loved in favor of a loveless marriage.
Camden, Maine ~ December, 1957
The only person Priscilla loves more than Ed Colton is her younger sister, Hazel. But when Ed is drafted and Hazel runs away to New York to be with a man she believes will make her famous, Priscilla’s plans crumble around her. Ed’s silence and Hazel’s tragic return leads Priscilla to make a choice she will forever regret.
Can revisiting long-ago memories give Priscilla what she’s longed for all these years?
This is Book 4 in The Orchard House Bed and Breakfast Series, a contemporary twist on the well-loved classic, Little Women. Readers will fall in love with the Martin family—Maggie, Josie, Lizzie, Bronson, Amie, and their mother Hannah—each trying to find their own way in the world and each discovering that love, home, and hope are closer than they appear.
Heidi Chiavaroli (pronounced shev-uh-roli…sort of like Chevrolet and ravioli mushed together!) wrote her first story in third grade, titled I’d Cross the Desert for Milk. It wasn’t until years later that she revisited writing, using her two small boys’ nap times to pursue what she thought at the time was a foolish dream. Despite a long road to publication, she hasn’t stopped writing since!
Heidi writes women’s fiction, combining her love of history and literature to write split time stories. Her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, was a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist, a Romantic Times Top Pick and a Booklist Top Ten Romance Debut. Heidi loves exploring places that whisper of historical secrets, especially with her family. She loves running, hiking, baking, and dates with her husband. Her latest dual timeline novel, The Orchard House, is inspired by the lesser-known events in Louisa May Alcott’s life. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.
From Author Website
Where Memories Await is the fourth book in Heidi Chivaroli’s Orchard House Bed and Breakfast series. This Christmas novella tells Aunt Pris’s story.
Aunt Pris, who is similar to Aunt March in Louisa May Allcott’s Little Women, seems like a hard woman on the surface and this story shows why. I thought it perfect that Josie is the one to get Aunt Pris to tell her own story.
Aunt Pris has had a very difficult life, so it could be a challenge to read, especially for some. However, I loved this little novella and the sweet ending gives all the holiday feels. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series so far and can’t wait for Bronson’s story in Book Five.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.