Eloise Hempel is on her way to
teach a class at Harvard when she receives a devastating phone call. Her sister
and her husband have been killed in a tragic accident, and Eloise must return
home to Cincinnati to take their three children, Theodora, Josh, and Claire,
out of the hands of her own incapable mother. She moves back into her mother’s
century-old house and, after her mother leaves, pours her own money into its
Nearly two decades later, Eloise is
still in that house with now-grown Theo, Josh, and Claire, still thinking about
the career and life she left behind, even as she pushes the kids to get a move
on. With Claire leaving for New York City for a promising ballet career, Eloise
has plans to finally sell the house and start a life that’s hers alone. But
when her mother creates a competition for which of them gets the house and
Claire turns out to have a life-changing secret, their makeshift family begins
to fall apart.
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