Suspense, self-discovery, and family: deep in the heart of France
A house in France connects three women together -- the woman who owns the house, the woman who lives in the house, and the woman who died there sixty years before. Merle Bennett inherits the house from her husband, in a small village in the Dordogne. But when she arrives a deranged squatter won't let her inside. With her finances a shambles, she needs to fix up the house to secure her future.
A heartbreakingly beautiful story of love, loss, sisterhood, and the ties that bind us together --- Jenny Siler
Secrets from the post-war period, when southwest France was left to wither by Nazi occupation, and secrets of a newer kind, occupy what should be a fine French summer for Merle. With her teenage son in tow, a sexy roofer in her kitchen, and a nasty discovery in the pissoir, there is plenty to keep her mind off her endless to-do list. A story of murder, self-discovery, and family, deep in the heart of France.
In her first stand-alone suspense novel, Lise McClendon reaches deep into the past to find a France untouched by the outside world of tourism and fashion. Writing in a "lyrical, often humorous style," she brings both the pain and rewards of rebirth and the rich French countryside to life.
Read the sequel "The Girl in the Empty Dress." May 2014
Want more Lise McClendon? Read her new novel, a twist on Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice, called All Your Pretty Dreams. On sale now here on Amazon. Want a little more action? Check out Lise's thrillers written as Rory Tate, including the newest, PLAN X.
"This book brought me back to wanting to keep reading until the very end. Pour yourself a nice Merlot and keep turning the pages."
"An intriguing story, a mystery with heart."
"The characters were real and completely developed. All loose ends were tied up very nicely. This book climbed inside the main characters, flaws and all."
"A very well written story, with characters that are interesting, likeable, and you care about them. There are dead bodies, suspense, and mystery. It's just a great story!"
"It would be a great chick flick!"