Thursday, January 12, 2017

Forgotten Boxes by Becki Willis

Charity is surprised to learn that she has inherited her aunt's house.  She'd only met her a few times and didn't know her well.  She just happened to be the only surviving relative.  She begins by cleaning out the house.  What she didn't know was how many surprises she would find...

Clear Creek Publishers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.

This is a sweet tale and not just because of the maple syrup discussion.  There's sadness intertwined but life is like that.

When Charity finds her uncle's suit with a bullet hole and blood on the shirt still in the closet, she's devastated.  He died 30 years ago, why would her aunt keep that?  Then she finds a bag of packages in the garage.  They should have been delivered but weren't.  Why is that?

She also runs into a big man in the local shop who is restocking the maple syrup.  She asks him which one is best.  This is the sweet part of the tale.  He explains the grades, so they are all the best, it's what taste or use you're looking for.  She picks one up and he gives her a small of gift of one he thinks is the best.  As soon as she eats it, she thinks so, too.  

When she runs into Tarn again, the sparks keep flying.  He ends up kissing her and leaves with her phone number.  But he doesn't call.  She decides to start delivering the packages without knowing it will lead her back to him.

The first package lost gave the man who ordered it true love.

The second package reminds the woman of her loss.

The third and fourth packages relate to her uncle's murder and they almost get her killed.

The story moves well, the people feel real, and it has a happy ending.  This has the tone of writing from some of the classic tales I've read.  I like that.  It'll probably also make you try maple syrup from Vermont...

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