Keys to the Castle

Keys to the Castle

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When a dashing French poet swept forty-something workaholic Sara Graves off her feet, she did something completely unexpected: she married him. Then three weeks later he died, leaving her a house she can't possibly afford to keep in a country she's never been to. Traveling to France to settle the estate, Sara is shocked to discover that her husband wasn't the impoverished poet he claimed to be -- and that the estate he left her is a 400-year-old crumbling castle in the Loire Valley. Now Sara must sell Chateau Rondelais before it makes her question her decision to leave. Coupled with her late husband's disarmingly handsome lawyer and best friend, she could be persuaded to open her heart to change and all its unexpected possibilities.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2011
ISBN: 9781611730050
1611730058
Characteristics: 367 p. (large print) ; 22 cm

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abkeller Nov 25, 2012

Sara Graves is still struggling to come to terms with the death of her new husband, when an invitation arrives for her to go to France to settle her husband’s estate. Daniel was a talented poet, but she never realized he was also part owner of a 400-year-old crumbling castle in the beautiful Loire Valley!

Sara is intrigued by the secrets of Chateau Rondelais. Its immense polished marble halls and magnificent chandeliers hide the tarnished silver ornamentation and faded wallpaper well. The gardens’ numerous statues are almost devoured by a tsunami of undergrowth and the fountains have certainly seen better days. Nonetheless, her bedroom is worthy of a princess. How can she maintain such an opulent structure? How can Sara afford to keep it, much less restore the home to its original splendor?

Ash Lindewan was Daniel’s good friend. His arrival is especially prophetic and life changing. Although Sara is initially attracted to Ash, his plans to make the chateau pay for itself disturb her. Suddenly, she is losing control. Add to that the unexpected arrival of Daniel’s daughter, Alyssa, and Sara is stressed beyond belief.

What started out as a beautiful fairy tale come true suddenly takes on the aspects of a nightmare. Still, Sara tries to maintain her belief in a happy ending. Will her fervent wish come true?

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