Cecilia Ross is a motivational speaker who
encourages others to change their lives for the better. Why can’t she take her
own advice? Still reeling from the death of her best friend, and freshly aware
of the need to live more fully now, Cece realizes that she has to make a move, all
the portentous signs seem to point in that direction.
She downsizes her life, sells her suburban Minnesota
home and lets go of many of her possessions. She moves into a beautiful old
house in Saint Paul, complete with a garden, chef’s kitchen, and three
housemates: Lise, the home’s owner and a divorced mother at odds with her
twenty-year-old daughter; Joni, a top-notch sous chef at a first-rate
restaurant with a grade A jerk of a boss; and Renie, the youngest and most
mercurial of the group, who is trying to rectify a teenage mistake. These women
embark on a journey together in an attempt to connect with parts of themselves
long denied. For Cece, that means finding Dennis Halsinger. Despite being “the
one who got away,” Dennis has never been far from Cece’s thoughts.
In this beautifully written novel, leaving home
brings revelations, reunions, and unexpected turns that affirm the inner truths
of women’s lives.
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