Title: The Cedar Key
Author: Stephenia H McGee
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publishing Date: Oct 6, 2020
Publisher: The Vine Press
Length: 358 Pages
About the Book:
Could the key to Casey’s future be hidden in someone else’s past?
Casey Adams unexpectedly inherits an old Victorian house full of other people’s memories. Stuck in a quirky little Mississippi town, Casey’s hope for a fresh start died as soon she had to lay the grandmother she’d just met to rest.
But Grandma Ida carried secrets beyond the grave.
Before her death Ida carefully planned a trail of clues to help Casey unlock the Macintyre family secrets and finally explain why they abandoned her. But each of Ida’s letters will only come from Casey’s handsome—and often frustrating—new neighbor. As Casey pieces together the stories behind the objects filling her grandmother’s house, she embarks on a heart-stirring journey that rattles her foundations, ignites her faith, and leads her to a startling discovery that will reshape her future. But only if she can face the lies that have been slowly tearing her apart.
I have thoroughly enjoyed Stephenia H McGee’s other novels so I was quite excited to dive into this one. With a contemporary setting it was diverse from her others, however her deep love and appreciation for history–good or bad–was still clearly in the forefront. Sometimes it takes reconciling with your past before you can face your future. You can spend your whole life running, but until you stop and face whatever it is that breaks your heart, you’ll never get off the hamster wheel. It’s so much easier to identify this in others, but reconciling with it yourself isn’t an easy ride. Although my story itself is different, as someone who reacts to and processes life in a similar way to Casey there were conversations and emotions that swirled through the pages of this book that touched and convicted my heart on very deep levels. This book is exactly what I needed right now. I’m glad I read it and I highly recommend it.
*I received a copy of this book from The Vine Press Publishing. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.