Forensic accountant Maggie Martin’s well-ordered life is shattered by her husband’s untimely death and the double life he concealed. Dealing with the financial and emotional wreckage left in Paul’s wake, she is stunned to learn he inherited an estate known as Rosemont in the seemingly-serene Midwestern town of Westbury. Seeking a fresh start and a quiet, solitary life, she moves halfway across the country to make Rosemont her home. Before she can unpack her first box, she’s knee-deep in a battle against political corruption, where defeat and retreat are not an option. Still bearing the scars of betrayal, will she find joy, romance and possibility in Westbury?
In this series opener, Hinske immerses readers in a delightful small town. Forensic accountant Maggie Martin is recently widowed and has learned, to her chagrin, that her dead husband, Paul, was keeping many secrets from her. He had been embezzling from the university of which he was president for years, and he had a secret family. He was also heir to a huge estate called Rosemont, in the small Midwestern town of Westbury. He leaves Rosemont to Maggie, and when she visits, intending to sell the estate, she falls in love with the place and moves in immediately, yearning for a fresh start. She finds herself enmeshed in the Westbury intrigue of crooked city politicians who have been stealing from the pension fund and the townspeople who want answers. Maggie throws herself headfirst into helping out, forming an alliance with local prosecutors and townsfolk. In the process, she meets John, a local veterinarian, who may be falling in love with her. The joys of the tale come from the warm relationships and the story of a woman getting a second chance at life and love. (BookLife)