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This was my first encounter with the works of Marcia Talley, and I have mixed feelings as to whether I will read more. (Actually,I broke a heart sacred personal rule to read this one: I make it a point to avoid, as much as possible, books that have the author's name much larger than the actual book title. I want to get a feel for the book, not some hyped author, whose latest work may or may not live up to the hype.
I liked the characters, and felt they were generally well drawn....except that some of them experienced radical attitude changes that did seem altogether likely.
In addition, I very nearly put the book down, unfinished, when I read about a turkey "taking to the sky". That sort of slip distressed me, and makes me question the plot itself.
Hannah Ives and her husband Paul, a professor at the Naval Academy, find their perfect retirement cottage just outside of Elisabethtown, Maryland. Built in the 18th century, the house has a dock for Paul's boat, tastefully done upgrades in the modern kitchen, enough upstairs bedrooms for the grandchildren and requires only some renovations. While working on the massive chimney, Hannah's contractor dislodges the perfectly preserved body of an infant. Who as this child and what happened to it? Who were the parents? Why was the body hidden in the chimney? These questions lead Hannah to pursue connections in her new hometown and discover even more deception. Easy read. I enjoyed it.