Two lives. Two stories. One fateful afternoon the family secrets are uncovered from the hidden depths in the yesterdays of the past.
In 1966 and in the middle of the Vietnam war, Maggie Wilson only thought about her husband shipping off to the war—a war from which he doesn’t return. Heartbroken, the widow flees with only a few possessions and her late husband’s death benefit money.
Young and alone, Maggie finds herself in a tiny town in Maine, where she meets Helen, the owner of the 1308 Brook House Inn. With the help of a new job and the affections of a caring, loving gentleman named Charlie, Maggie tries to piece her life back together. Too bad she’s determined to keep her past a secret as much as she can, even from her own daughter.
Thirty years later, and living in New York, Rachel Grey-Levine doesn’t want her mother’s life. After discovering her husband in bed with another woman, and learning her mother passed away, however, Rachel finds herself not only her father, Charlie’s caretaker, but the owner of the dilapidated inn. Back in Shadow Brook, a town she never thought she’d ever live in again, Rachel comes face to face with her high-school boyfriend, the guy she dumped just after he proposed and the guy who can help her renovate the inn.
If the backbreaking work wasn’t hard enough, Rachel also finds herself having to ignore her reigniting attraction for Luke while taking care of the one and only guest–a mysterious, older man named Harvey, who not only doesn’t seem to want to check out, but is far too interested in the young Inn owner for her liking. Finding a box of journals and love letters written by her mother, Rachel comes across old family secrets–including one that can shatter her world into pieces.