The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls

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The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls

As its proprietor Jill knows, the McCloud Bed-and-Breakfast has an interesting past: it was a former home for unmarried, pregnant women. That history often deters some of the town's clients away from her door, but Jill thinks it's something that makes the place unique.

When the town matriarch, Hester Fraser, dies, Jill questions the town undertaker's decision to hold the funeral lunch at the bed-and-breakfast. Despite the fact that Hester was unforgiving and cruel to Jill and her family during her lifetime, however, Jill agrees to host the luncheon, for no reason other than that she desperately needs the money.

Her decision, though, unravels her family, not to mention Hester's family. Her simple decision results in consequences that threaten her way of life and her family's stability. As the days progress, she finds that her background might be tied with Hester and the bed-and-breakfast's former use more than she ever imagined.

The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls is a well-developed novel with an intriguing and interesting plot. The plot is extremely intriguing and drives the reader to want to know all about the character's history. However, it delivers almost too much. Sometimes, it's difficult to keep the characters straight. Moreover, every character seems to be on a divergent plot, making it sometimes necessary to write down who is doing what to keep it all straight. Nevertheless, the book is an entertaining read that is unlikely to leave readers disappointing, for no reason other than it's a good way to get lost for a few hours.

Book Blurb for The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls

The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls, once a haven for unwed mothers, is now a bed-and-breakfast that houses three generations of women-and their many secrets...

In the early 1960s, Ruby, a spunky unwed teen mother was wooed and won over by the founder of the McCloud Home. Now, forty years later, the historic property has been converted into an inn that Ruby runs with one of her daughters, Jill. When Jill's fourteen-year-old daughter begins to search for the identity of her father, she sets in motion events that will test the bonds that bind mothers, daughters, and sisters.

Jill unwittingly aids the forces of upheaval when she agrees to host the wake of the town matriarch. As the guests-including the matriarch's handsome nephew and Jill's vivacious, irresponsible sister Jocelyn-return to the small town, the convergence of people and memories uncovers rivalries, sparks romance, recalls heartbreak, and reveals a shocking family secret, one that could separate the McCloud women forever or lead them to the renewal of their powerful, enduring connection.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2011 3.00