When financier Penny Ruskin returns to Walhalla, South Carolina, she has one purpose—to settle her grandmother's estate and sell the Victorian house she grew up in. Not an easy task with the downturned economy. When she loses her job in the state capital, what other choice does she have but to stay in Walhalla until she finds work? She can only hope it won't take long.
Walhalla is Tommy McAllister's life. Between his family's feed-and-seed store and the bank he's vice president of, he's stretched thin trying to survive the recession. But when a girl he hasn't seen since high school breezes back into town, he's ready to push himself even further to help her feel at home and convince her to stay. He reaches out to Penny, but the last thing she wants is to be trapped in a small town that holds painful memories—one dark secret in particular.
The town matchmaker and bank manager, Miss Betty, a motherless teen Emma who lives down the lane from Penny, and the church ladies of Walhalla's First Baptist add both heartwarming and challenging moments to Penny's life.
With the past dogging Penny's steps, dredging up painful memories she's tried to outrun, relatives threaten the future she has begun to hope for...But somewhere deep inside her, a spark of hope remains. Tommy isn't the only one praying for a miracle.
Return to Walhalla by Laura Hodges Poole
This was my first time reading this author and I really enjoyed the book. It was a sweet, clean read that had great characters and setting. I love small town settings with all of their quirky residents and everybody sticking their nose in to your business. I also love Victorian houses and one is featured prominently in this book. There is quite a bit of humor in this story along with a HEA ending and a fair share of angst. My only criticism is that one of the scripture quotes supposedly came from the late grandmother's old bible but it wasn't a King James version quote. For a woman in the Bible Belt and that age I don't think she would have used any other edition and definitely not a New International version. Other wise I think the religious aspect was handled well and not too "preachy". Will definitely be looking for more of this author's books.
I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.