This book was about a woman that inherits a house and while she is fixing the house to be sold she finds out a lot about her family's past during the slavery days. She finds more than she bargins for about her family's secrets. I really enjoyed reading this book.
A different sort of story from romance publisher Harlequin. Focuses on personal growth and life changes. A thought-provoking read. Very little actual 'romance', so not for those who want a sensual type of story.
She'd never had a real home...So it had never been about "what to keep" in her life; she'd not experienced that luxury. Than Juliette Carlton got a call, one that said she'd inherited a fortune--and could she please claim it? Juliette didn't know what to do. She was a down-on-her-luck Las Vegas card dealer with $38 in her bank account.
Had she hit the jackpot? Or was it just another loss?
At first it seemed the latter. The "fortune" was a dilapidated 140-year-old antebellum house that belonged to an uncle she barely remembered. Beneath layers of dust, every inch of the ancestral home was shrouded in secrets--secrets that would put in doubt everything Juliette ever thought she knew.
She would have to decide what to give away. But along the way, she found what to keep...
I read this because I enjoyed the author's other book, "Falling Out of Bed." That was an endearing story about a woman who must be the caregiver to her dying father. "What To Keep" was a disappointment. Our principle character Juliette, a 40-year-old out-of-work Las Vegas card dealer inherits a house in North Carolina. She wants to sell this house, but a "mamie" character arrives and encourages Juliette to stay. I didn't believe characters and did not care about them: the matronly Black housekeeper, the not-quite love interest, nor the writer of a found diary. There is a happy ending, and the moral of this tale is to appreciate what you do have.
I am not a big fan of the Harlequin "Next" series. I just don't like the characters or the storylines. But I can see that there would be a market for it with older (35+) divorced women who are "starting over".