On a June day, a young woman in a summer dress steps off a Chicago-bound bus into a small midwestern town. She doesn't intend to stay. She is just passing through. Yet her stopping here has a reason and it is part of a story that you will never forget.
The time is the 1950s, when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams, and family was, very nearly, everything. The place is a small midwestern town with a high school and a downtown, a skating pond and a movie house. And on a tree-lined street in the heartland of America, an extraordinary set of events begins to unfold. And gradually what seems serendipitous is tinged with purpose. A happy home is shattered by a child's senseless death. A loving marriage starts to unravel. And a stranger arrives--a young woman who will touch many lives before she moves on. She and a young man will meet and fall in love. Their love, so innocent and full of hope, helps to restore a family's dreams. And all of their lives will be changed forever by the precious gift she leaves them.
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I have read this book over 20 times since I was 17 yrs old and it still gets to me. It is an awesome book wish she would do a part 2.
I always dread starting a new book b/c I'm afraid I won't get into it fast enough but that was not the case for this sweet story. It was pretty pitiful the whole way through but had so many beautiful parts that I could almost feel was happening to me. Gotta say....the tears came a couple times but it's a book I couldn't put down. This doesn't apply to this book but have to add.......my electricity went out at night, any other time I'd have been sweating it out but I got my lanterns, got in the bed, got my Kindle and finished this wonderful book. Great book, although maybe a bit predictable but who cares, I loved it!!