Feeling deflated by a failed marriage, Laura finds refuge in her new position — assistant to a very kind, older gentleman, the author, Anthony Peardew. As they work together in his tastefully opulent home, she gradually comes to learn about his history, his heartbreak, and the secrets that have been kept hidden for many years. When he dies and leaves his estate to her, he also leaves the legacy of his secrets to be reconciled by her, as his final gift.
This is a sweet story. The characters are endearing and there are multiple threads that entwine to keep the plot loping forward. It is engaging and imaginative in many ways.
On the other hand, one can argue that once again, we are reading about a woman being rescued by a man. Laura’s life has been ruined by one man, and she is paralyzed; her only savior comes in the form of another man, her generous boss. Moreover, she cannot be fully complete nor can the mystery of the secret of the estate be resolved until she is married to yet another man. Really?
Will we never get beyond our Prince Charming fixation?
That said, the book is light and amusing and, like all good fairy tales, has a happily-ever-after ending that wraps it all up in a neat bow for the reader.
If that is for you – go for it!