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247 pages, Hardcover
First published November 3, 2009
“Even knowing the ending was sad, I wouldn't have deprived myself the beauty of the story. Would you?”
Ella Barron, a single Texas mother, built a careful life running a boarding house in the Depression-era cotton South. But when a mysterious stranger takes a free room, he also takes Ella’s careful life apart.
“Even knowing the ending was sad, I wouldn't have deprived myself the beauty of the story. Would you?"
She had her life in careful but precarious balance, and she couldn’t allow anything or anyone to upset it.
The overhang formed by the second story of the house had trapped the heat as well as the heady frangrance of gardenia
Hearing him speak her given name had made her breath catch, and she was still holding it ...