Reviewer: Yvonne (Socrates’ Book Reviews)

Jake Hardy, a world renown chef,  thinks he has it all…a loving husband, son and a great career.  He’s truly happy until one day, one tragic event changes everything.  Jake wants answers.  He heads to the small town of Beautiful, Saskatchewan – a province in Canada – he thinks it will give him what he’s looking for.  His neighbor, a 78 year old transgender woman accompanies him on his journey.

Jake is stunned by what he finds in Beautiful.  It’s more or less a ghost town these days.  Not the answers he was seeking, but instead, he is faced with new questions.  He’s determined to learn all he can about this deserted town.  Although, it’s not completely deserted.  There are still people living there and he hopes they can give the answers he seeks.

This is a well-written, heart-wrenching story of love, betrayal and inspiration.  It’s filled with emotions and characters you can truly care about.   I don’t read many books set in Canada, but the author brought me right to the Canadian province. I felt I was right there with Jake wanting answers.  The author’s exquisite words brought it all to life.  I didn’t want to leave my new friends.

I’ve never read anything by this author before, but I’m so glad I’ve “discovered” him with this book.  As far as I’m concerned, it’s a hidden gem that I never would have known about if it wasn’t for blogging.  I devoured this book.  I couldn’t put it down.   A stunning and memorable novel.

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